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On the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation (TRANSIT Working Paper # 7)

Authors: Haxeltine, Alex; Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard; Pel, Bonno; Dumitru, Adina; Avelino, Flor; Bauler, Tom; Lema Blanco, Isabel; Chilvers, Jason; Cipolla, Carla; Dorland, Jens; Elle, Morten; Garido, Santiago; Kemp, René; Kunze, Iris; Longhurst, Noel; Pataki, Gyorgy; Rach, Sarah; Renema, Jesse; Ruijsink, Saskia; Strasser, Tim; Tawakol, Donia; Weaver, Paul and Wittmayer, Julia M.
Publication date: 2016
Keywords: conceptual framework, propositions, theory, Transformative Social Innovation

This working paper presents a set of propositions about the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation (TSI) that have been developed as part of an EU-funded research project entitled “TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory” (TRANSIT; 2014-2017). These TSI propositions represent first steps towards the development of a new theory of TSI, taking the form of proto-explanations of the agency and dynamics of TSI, based on the bringing together of our empirical observations on TSI  and the project's theoretical reviews and theoretical framings. Ideally this working paper should be read in conjunction with the working paper entitled “A framework for transformative social innovation” (Haxeltine et al 2016) which presents in skeletal terms the theoretical and conceptual framing of TSI developed in the TRANSIT project. This TSI framework builds on sustainability transition studies, social innovation research, social psychology studies of empowerment and other several other areas of social theory to deliver a bespoke theoretical and conceptual framework that is grounded in a relational ontology and which is being employed as a platform for the development of a middle-range theory of TSI. Next we provide a very brief overview of some key elements of the framework, in particular how we conceptualise social innovation, transformative change, and transformative social innovation. Propositions were developed for each of four relational dimensions implied by the TSI framework with also a brief statement of the topic addressed by each of the twelve propositions



Haxeltine A., Jørgensen, M. S., Pel, B., Dumitru, A., Avelino, F., Bauler, Lema, Blanco, I., T. Chilvers, J., Cipolla, C., Dorland, J., Elle, M., Garido, S., Kemp, R., Kunze, I., Longhurst, N., Pataki, G., Rach, S., Renema, J., Ruijsink, S., Strasser, T., Tawakol, D., Weaver, P. and Wittmayer J. M. (2016) On the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation, (TRANSIT working paper #7), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

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