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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

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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.

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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.

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