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Social Innovation

Social innovation is a central research topic of the Social Research Center Dortmund (sfs). Social innovations - in the sense of a reconfiguration of social practices to shape social change - are ubiquitous and contribute to social development. Thus, they appear in different forms in our society and influence our lives: social innovations change the way we live together (shared housing), work (telecommuting), consume (car sharing), distribute wealth (progressive tax legislation) or deal with crises (short-time work instead of dismissal).

Social innovations have become increasingly important in recent years. Their relevance is also emphasized in the German High-Tech Strategy. At the sfs, social innovations in their various forms are examined in research projects, on the one hand, and the findings flow into the further development of an understanding based on social theory, on the other hand.

Against this background, the numerous projects and worldwide activities of the sfs contribute significantly to anchoring the topic of social innovation in society, politics and science.

Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.