The 9th International Social Innovation Research Conference | 12-14 December 2017 @ Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
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ISIRC is the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives.

Conference Theme

Beyond Boundaries? Organisations, Systems and Social Innovation

Social innovations are often presented as solutions to wicked social problems, operating across sectors, and disrupting traditions of policy and practice. Social innovations - including social enterprise, design-led service creation and citizen co-production – are initiated within, between and beyond the bounds of established organisational forms.  Redefining boundaries creates new opportunities for combining wisdom and resources for progressive social change. Yet, critical scholars have observed that many popularised social innovations are limited in their focus on systemic change, and subject to isomorphic pressures from government and commercial interests. Others have argued that individual social innovations are limited in their effectiveness without wider systems-thinking in the design of social innovation policy and practice.

The ninth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2017) – in partnership with SIERC and EMES - will explore social innovation within and beyond the organisation. It invites research-led reflection on the organisational boundaries recast by social innovation, the systemic imperatives of a growing focus on social innovation, and the implications of these for theory and practice. Empirical, conceptual and practice-informed research contributions are encouraged.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Bronwen Morgan

Professor of Law | Australian Research Council Future Fellow
University of New South Wales

Bronwen Morgan is Professor of Law at UNSW Australia. She is a socio-legal scholar with a longstanding interest in regulation and governance, changes in state formation and the increasing economisation of political discourse and practices. Author of Social Citizenship in the Shadow of...Read More

Professor Alex Nicholls

Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Dr Alex Nicholls is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship within the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: social finance...Read More

Professor Katherine Gibson

Professor, Institute for Culture and Society
Western Sydney University

Katherine Gibson is an economic geographer with an international reputation for innovative research on economic transformation and over 30 years’ experience of working with communities to build resilient economies.

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