1st Edition

People-Centered Social Innovation Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm

Edited By Swati Banerjee, Stephen Carney, Lars Hulgard Copyright 2020
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social Innovation is emerging as an alternate interdisciplinary development pathway of knowledge and practice that aims to understand and address contemporary complexities and multi – dimensional social realities. BEPA (2011) defines social innovation as, ‘innovations that are social in both their ends and means’. However, though Social Innovation is a widely-used term; its conceptual understanding and the specific relation to social change remains under explored.

    People Centered Social Innovation: Global perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm attempts to revisit and extend the existing understanding of Social Innovation in practice by focusing upon the lived realities of marginalized groups and communities. The emerging field of people-centered development is placed in dialogue with theory and concepts from the more established field of social innovation to create a new approach; one that adopts a global perspective, engaging with very different experiences of marginality across the global north and south. Theoretically, ‘People Centered Social Innovation: Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm’ draws upon ‘northern’ understandings of change and improvement as well as ‘southern’ theory concerns for epistemological diversity and meaning making. The result is an experiment aimed at reimagining research and practice that seriously needs to center the actor in processes of social transformation.


    Swati Banerjee, Stephen Carney and Lars Hulgard

    Social Innovation Learning from Critical Social Entrepreneurship Studies: How Are They Critical and Why Do We Need Them?

    Luise Li Langergaard

    Arenas for Gendering Social Innovation and Marginalized Women’s Collectives

    Linda Lundgaard Andersen and Swati Banerjee

    Genealogy and Institutionalization of People-Centered Social Innovation in Kudumbashree, Kerala, India

    P. K. Shajahan and Lars Hulgård

    Ethos of Social Innovation: In Search of a Decolonizing Analysis

    Adriane Vieira Ferrarini

    Informal Entrepreneurship as Adaptive Innovation: Strategies Among Migrant Workers in Indian Cities

    Sunil D. Santha and Devisha Sasidevan

    Buen Vivir as an Innovative Development Model

    Andres Morales, Roger Spear, Michael Ngoasong, and Silvia Sacchetti

    Indian Diasporic Communities: Exploring Belonging, Marginality and Transnationalism

    Rashmi Singla, P. K. Shajahan and Sujata Sriram

    Innovations in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Fostering State-University-Community Nexus

    Abdul Shaban and Prashant B Narnaware

    Social Innovation in Africa: An Empirical and Conceptual Analysis

    Jeremy Millard, Mohamed Wageih and Bev Meldrum

    Social Innovations as Heretical Practices

    Silla Marie Mørch Sievers

    List of Contributors



    Swati Banerjee, PhD is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India and Co-ordinator of the Right Livelihood College (RLC) - TISS.

    Stephen Carney, PhD is Associate Professor in Comparative Education Policy at Roskilde University in Denmark.

     Lars Hulgård, PhD is Professor of social entrepreneurship, Roskilde University, Denmark and visiting professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.