1st Edition

Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing Theory, Methods, and Practice

Edited By Michael Roy, Jane Farmer Copyright 2022
    314 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent decades, governments have promoted social enterprise as a means to address welfare and tackle disadvantage. Early academic work on social enterprises reflected this development and engaged with their ability to deliver and create jobs, work towards remedial environmental goals, and address a range of societal challenges. More recently, researchers have started to investigate the broader potential of social enterprise for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

    In this context, this book aims to answer the question: In what ways can social enterprises improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities? The chapters in this edited collection take different perspectives on assessing how social enterprises address disadvantage and deliver health and wellbeing impacts. Drawing on evidence from international research studies, Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing: Theory, Methods, and Practice presents the ‘first wave’ of innovative research on this topic and provides a platform of evidence to inspire the next generation of scholarly and policy interest.

    Drawing on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research in the field, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics, policymakers, and students in the fields of entrepreneurship, public and social policy, community development, public health, human geography, and urban planning.

    1. Social Enterprise, health and wellbeing: a timely topic for uncertain times?

    Michael J. Roy, Jane Farmer and James M. Mandiberg

    Section 1. Applying Theory for Insights 

    2. Social enterprises as spaces of wellbeing: a spatial and relational exploration of where and how wellbeing realises

    Tracy De Cotta, Jane Farmer, Peter Kamstra, Viktoria Adler, Chris Brennan-Horley and Sarah-Anne Munoz 

    3. Transcending social enterprise understandings – wellbeing, livelihoods and interspecies solidarity in transformation to postgrowth societies

    Eeva Houtbeckers 

    4. Community wellbeing and social enterprise: Place, visibility and social capital

    Sue Kilpatrick and Sherridan Emery 

    5. Community economies of wellbeing: how social enterprises contribute to ‘surviving well together’

    Katharine McKinnon and Melissa Kennedy

    Section 2. Extending Methodological Frontiers 

    6. Spatialising wellbeing through Social Enterprise: approaches, representations and processes

    Chris Brennan-Horley, Tracy De Cotta, Peter Kamstra and Viktoria Adler 

    7. WISE working conditions matter for health and wellbeing

    Aurora Elmes 

    8. Designing Work Integration Social Enterprises that impact the health and well-being of people living with serious mental illnesses: an intervention mapping approach

    Terry Krupa, Rosemary Lysaght and Michael J. Roy 

    9. "They See People in Need and Want to Help": Social Enterprise and Wellbeing in Rural Communities

    Sarah-Anna Munoz

    Section 3. New Insights for Practice 

    10. How do social enterprises impact upon health and wellbeing? Some lessons from CommonHealth

    Gillian Murray, Michael J. Roy, Rachel Baker and Cam Donaldson 

    11. How do social enterprises influence health equities? A comparative case analysis

    Jo Barraket, Batool Moussa, Perri Campbell and Roksolana Suchowerska 

    12. Working with care: Work Integration Social Enterprise Practitioner Labour

    Perri Campbell, Viktoria Adler and Jane Farmer, Jo Barraket, Roksolana Suchowerska and Joanne McNeill 

    13. Meeting People Where They’re at: Building an Inclusive Workplace for Disabled People

    Jillian Scott and Rob Wilton 

    14. Beyond the state of the art: where do we go next on the topic of social enterprise, health and wellbeing?

    Michael J. Roy and Jane Farmer


    Michael J. Roy is Professor of Economic Sociology and Social Policy at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

    Jane Farmer is Professor and the Foundation Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.