K4
STS and social innovation: Key issues and research agenda

Convenors:
Pierre-Benoit Joly (INRA / UPEM)
Allison Loconto (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)
Jean-Louis Laville (Cnam)
Format:
Location:
Economy 55
Start time:
18 September, 2014 at 15:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Long abstract:

Although it has a long history, social innovation (SI) attracted the interest of major European institutions only recently. Different definitions are circulating and the definitional struggle echoes tensions and battles related to the on-going process of institutionalization of these innovations. Tentatively, we can identify three different definitions for SI: (i) SI as a complement to technological innovation; (ii) SI as organizational and institutional changes that respond to social needs that are not well served by traditional market or State services; (iii) SI as a process of transformation of the social and political order. We expect to gather a group of scholars coming from different backgrounds, STS, innovation studies, studies of social movements in order to foster a cross-fertilization of ideas around SI. This track invites papers that may focus on the following lines of inquiry: - the genealogy of social innovation; - the historical background, say innovation in non-market organizations in the beginning of the 20th Century or appropriate technologies in the 70's; - in what ways and under what conditions can social innovation contribute to transformative change? - the boundaries of social innovation (is it possible to use market mechanisms to foster SI?) - study of knowledge production in SI; - the problem of diffusion and scaling up (how to cope with the contradiction between adaptation to local situations and wide-scale diffusion?); - the types of normativity attached to social innovation; - the measure of impact of SI. The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-4-3 between sessions