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Department of Social Sciences

European School of Social Innovation

Following the first global conference on Social Innovation in Vienna, the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI) was founded in 2011. Building on the Vienna Declaration on Social Innovation, ESSI's goal is to foster the development of a new understanding of innovation.

Logo. Green circle with white capital letters below ESSI. Next to it is European School of Social Innovation

The scholars and practitioners from more than 40 institutions and research institutes are convinced that social innovations will help to fully exploit the economic potential of the knowledge society, to distribute resources more equitably and thus to halt growing social inequality. Advancing transformative and transdisciplinary research it develops new capacities for knowledge generation, dissemination, and application. Innovative organizations, methodologies, and networks are needed to effectively combine analytical thinking and practical action. ESSI provides a platform that encourages the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborative activities. ESSI, as a think tank, enables collaboration between members who ultimately form consortia to design and execute a wide variety of projects. In addition, being part of ESSI strengthens the position of member organizations and individual actors in the implementation of their social innovation activities.

Name Funktion Schwerpunkt
Jürgen Howaldt (Social resarch centre Dortmund, sfs) Chairman
Science & Research
Antonius Schröder (Social resarch centre Dortmund, sfs) Managing Director
Education & Training
Universidad de Deusto Scientific Director Science & Research
Klaus Schuch (ZSI, Wien)
Subject co-ordinator Science & Research
Jeremy Millard (Danish Technological Institute) Subject co-ordinator Co-creation & Empowerment
Francesca Rizzo (Politecnico di Milano)
Subject co-ordinator Education & Training
Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT, Rotterdam) Subject co-ordinator
Co-creation & Empowerment