Introduction

Our guiding principles are methodological rigour and working with (as well as for) the vulnerable groups most threatened by exclusion from social and economic life. Our approach is multi-disciplinary and we bring together researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, business studies and economics. We are able to bring different perspectives and experiences from across Europe to our work and are part of an active European partnership of Applied Science universities who share our principles and approach to research on social innovation.

Current work in the field of social innovation includes:

  • A European-wide review of the evidence and theory that supports policy-making on social innovation.
  • Work in the UK with public, private and not-for-profit organisations on the use of Payment by Results as a driver for social innovation.
  • Analysis of the potential for social innovation to produce new approaches to reduce re-offending.