4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC)

12-14 September 2012

Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham

Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation. This year's conference was hosted by TSRC at the University of Birmingham. The conference was a great success, with papers presented by researchers from 6 continents and more than 30 countries 

Congratulations to ISIRC's award winners Stefanie Mauksch, Sharon Zivkovic and Inés Alegre who won the following awards: 

Best paper in the Critical Perspectives stream:
Social Entrepreneurship and the Routinization of Charisma An Ethnographic Approach, Stefanie Mauksch, EBS University, Wiesbaden, Germany

Best Paper (from other streams): 
Government’s role in social innovation: Balancing unplanned exploration and planned exploitation, Sharon Zivkovic, University of South Australia

Best paper by a PhD student: 
Social and economic tension in social enterprises: does it exist? Inés Alegre, IESE Business School

Plenary speech 

Searching for a New Economic Order: “Social Entrepreneurship” as the new Hegemony?

Florentine Maier, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration


Delegates received a memory stick in their delegate packs containing conference papers. Some papers that were not received on memory sticks are available here:

Social enterprise and dis/identification in the UK third sector: Toward a dialectic view of power/ resistance, Pascal Dey & Simon Teasdale

A view from the inside: Using ethnography to study social entrepreneurship Paul Tracey Cambridge, Judge Business School 

If anyone would like to receive a copy of a particular paper, please contact Rebecca Berridge: r.berridge@tsrc.ac.uk  


Presentations included: 

  • Professor Dennis Young, Georgia State University: The State of Theory and Research on Social Enterprise.
  • Dr Florentine Maier, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Social Entrepreneurship as a contested institutional field: Understanding different meanings associated with social entrepreneurship.
  • Dr Paul Tracey, Cambridge University: Ethnography as Method for the Study of Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Professor Graham Smith, University of Southampton: Associative Democracy and the Social Economy: Exploring the Regulatory Challenge.
  • Dr Pascal Dey, St Gallen University: ‘Social enterprise’ and dis/identification: The politics of identity work in the UK third sector.
  • Dr Alex Nicholls, Oxford University: The Politics of Social Innovation: An International Comparison.
  • Professor Ray Loveridge, Oxford University: The Proselytising Think Tank: von Hayek to Social Innovation?


Conference programme (pdf, 527KB)

The conference organisers are also editing a special issue of International Journal of Public Sector Management under the theme: Social innovation and public services in an era of austerity. Details of the call for papers can be found here