This paper investigates how spaces and places play a role in the emergence of (transformative) social innovation. It draws on theoretical insights from the field of urban studies and geography that have paid much emphasis on the role of space and place in among others, social innovation. This results in a conceptual framing that addresses the importance of (tangible and spatially demarcated) places that are locally rooted as well as the relevance of spaces of translocal connections (that can also be virtual, or not place-based) in the emergence of social innovation. The paper systematically analyses eight case studies of social innovation initiatives and shows how local rootedness and translocal connections have shaped the emergence processes of each.
Ruijsink, S., Zuijderwijk, L, Kunze, I., Wittmayer, J., Cipolla, C., Elle, M., Rach, S. and Avelino, F. (2017) The emergence of social innovation : a translocal perspective (TRANSIT working paper ; 15), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
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