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Department of Social Sciences

Central Publications

The Social Research Center Dortmund has contributed to the development of the research topic of social innovation with numerous publications. Selected publications are listed below.

Books & Anthologies (selection):

  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Kaletka, Christoph; Schröder, Antonius (Hrsg.) (2021): A Research Agenda for Social Innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Kaletka, Christoph; Schröder, Antonius; Zirngiebl, Marthe (Hrsg.) (2019). Atlas of social innovation – 2nd volume: a World of New Practices. Mün­chen: oekom verlag.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Kaletka, Christoph; Schröder, Antonius; Zirngiebl, Marthe (Hrsg.) (2018): Atlas of Social Innovation – New Practices for a Better Future. Dortmund: Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund.
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  • Franz, Hans-Werner; Kaletka, Christoph (2018): Soziale In­no­va­ti­o­nen lokal ge­stal­ten.
    Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Kopp, Ralf; Schwarz, Michael (2014). Zur Theorie sozialer Innovationen. Tardes vernachlässigter Beitrag zur Entwicklung einer soziologischen Innovationstheorie. Weinheim und Basel: Beltz Juventa.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Franz, Hans-Werner; Hochgerner, Josef (2012): Challenge social innovation potentials for business, social entrepreneurship, welfare and civil society. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Schwarz, Michael (2010): “Soziale Innovation” im Fokus. Skizze eines gesellschaftstheoretisch inspirierten Forschungskonzeptes, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Schwarz, Michael: Social Innovation: Concepts, Research Fields and International Trends. Studies for Innovation in a Modern Working Environment - International Monitoring, Eds. Klaus Henning, Frank Hees, Volume 5.
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Journal articles & contributions to anthologies (selection):

       Social Innovation Theory

  • Maldonado-Mariscal, K. & Alijew, I. (2023) Social innovation and educational innovation: a qualitative review of innovation’s evolution, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2023.2173152
  • Hölsgens, Henricus (2021). Introducing the adopter perspective in social innovation research. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. Published online: 17 Aug 2021/2021.
  • Hölsgens, Henricus (2020): Why Sustainable Social Innovations (Do Not) Diffuse? An Alternative View to Social Innovation Dynamics. In: Martini, Mattia; Hölsgens, Rick; Popper, Rafael (Hrsg.): Governance and Management of Sustainable Innovation; S. 161-179; Cham: Springer.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen (2019). New Pathways to Social Change – Creating Impact through Social In­no­va­ti­on Research. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, (48), 37 – 48.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Kopp, Ralf; Schwarz, Michael (2019). Diffusion von In­no­va­ti­on
    In B. Blättel-Mink, I. Schulz-Schaeffer & A. Windeler (Hrsg.): Handbuch Innovationsforschung (S.1-17). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Kopp, Ralf; Schwarz, Michael (2018). Mittendrin statt nur dabei. Die Rolle der Soziologie bei der Gestaltung sozialer Innovationen. In: Selke, Stefan; Treibel, Annette (Hrsg.): Öffentliche Gesellschaftswissenschaften; S. 361-374; Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Schwarz, Michael (2017). Social Innovation and Human Development—How the Capabilities Approach and Social Innovation Theory Mutually Support Each Other. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 18(2), 163-180.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Schwarz, Michael (2017). Die Mechanismen transformativen Wandels erfassen. Plädoyer für ein praxistheoretisches Konzept sozialer Innovationen. GAIA, 26(3), 239 – 244.
  • Howaldt, Jürgen; Domanski, Dmitri;  Kaletka, Christoph (2016). Social innovation: towards a new innovation paradigm. Mackenzie Management Review, 17(6), 20 – 44.


        Ecosystems Social Innovation

  • Wascher, Eva (2021). Collaborative Spaces for Social Innovation. In: Howaldt, Jürgen; Kaletka, Christoph; Schröder, Antonius (Hrsg.): Research Agenda for Social Innovation; S. 211-228; Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Domanski, Dmitri; Howaldt, Jürgen. & Kaletka, Christoph (2020). A Comprehensive Concept of In­no­va­ti­on and its Implications for the Local Context – on the Growing Importance of Social In­no­va­ti­on Ecosystems and Infrastructures. European Planning Studies, 28(3), 454-474.
  • Kaletka, Christoph; Markmann, Mona; Pelka, Bastian (2016). Peeling the onion. An exploration of the layers of social innovation ecosystems - Modelling a context sensitive perspective on driving and hindering factors for social innovation. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 1(2),S. 83-93.


        Social Innovation & Education

  • Schröder, Antonius; Krüger, Daniel (2019). Social innovation as a driver for new educational practices - Modernising, repairing and transforming the education system. Sustainability, 11(4)/2019, S. 1070 


        Social Innovation & Sustainability

  • Hölsgens, Henricus; Lübke, Stephanie; Hasselkuss, Marco (2018). Social innovations in the German energy transition an attempt to use the heuristics of the multi-level perspective of transitions to analyze the diffusion process of social innovations. Energy, sustainability and society, 8(8).


        Social innovation & (digital) inclusion

  • Eckhardt, Jennifer; Kaletka, Christoph; Pelka, Bastian (2018). Observations on the role of digital social innovation for inclusion. Technology and disability, 29(4), S. 183-198
  • Eckhardt, Jennifer; Kaletka, Christoph; Pelka, Bastian (2017). Inclusion through digital social innovations - Modelling an ecosystem of drivers and barriers. In: Antona, Margherita; Stephanidis, Constantine (Hrsg.): Universal access in human - computer interaction; 11th International Conference, UAHCI 2017 Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9 - 14, 2017 Proceedings, Part I; S. 67-84. Cham: Springer