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Towards a social innovation (SI) based epistemology in local development analysis: lessons from twenty years of EU research

Moulaert, Frank and Mehmood, Abid 2019. Towards a social innovation (SI) based epistemology in local development analysis: lessons from twenty years of EU research. European Planning Studies 10.1080/09654313.2019.1639401
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Abstract

This paper gives an overview of over two decades of research projects on the study of the relationship between local development and social innovation (SI) made by the international action research network coordinated by the first author and funded by the European Commission. It explains the need to study the relationships between local development and opportunities for human development, and the aspirations for an epistemological turn, away from local growth to local development, and from disciplinary to inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Using a chronological overview, the paper concentrates on questions related to the specific objectives of the projects and their epistemological (ontological, theoretical, methodological and validation) challenges. It explains how by meeting these challenges, over the years the network built a Social Innovation Action Research framework that can now be used as a reference for mutual enrichment between different approaches in SI action research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0965-4313
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2019
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 10:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/124079

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