Call for Abstracts for the “Social Innovation: from Lagan to Liffey” conference DKIT

The North-South Social Innovation Network is making a Call for Papers for the “Social Innovation: from Lagan to Liffey” conference to be held in the Dundalk Institute of Technology on 2nd November 2016 that will launch this new network. We are seeking papers that might address the need for social innovation in the areas of youth, ageing, mental health and justice in particular but we are open to other areas as well. We are looking for short, ‘punchy’ presentations that can engage across the various sectors and help us push forward the North-South social innovation agenda by addressing such issues as:

  • The Governance of Social Innovation
  • Funding and Sustainability of Social Innovation
  • Protecting the Uniqueness of Social Innovation
  • Public Procurement of Social Innovation

For now we ask for a title and a 50 word abstract to be submitted by 30th July 2016.

A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or equitable than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and structures that meet the social needs of different groups in society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques.

The North-South Social Innovation Network understands social innovation as a community driven process of developing new solutions to address social needs. This means working collaboratively with communities, social enterprise and others committed to the development of social capital in
disadvantaged communities.

Please email your abstract to: Dr Anthony Soares, Centre for Cross Border Studies at