4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (TSRC)

University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus
International, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 12th (00:00) - Friday 14th September 2012 (00:00)
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For further information about ISIRC 2012 please contact either the relevant stream leads, or the conference organiser Simon Teasdale: ISIRC@tsrc.ac.uk.

Hosted by the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham

Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation.

See draft programme

Registration now open:

Conference registration for ISIRC is now open and should be made through the University of Birmingham Online Shop

The fee is £390 for this three day event or £340 for those presenting. We would advise booking as soon as possible as places are limited. Booking will close on 5 September.

On Wednesday 12 September we will announce the winner of the best paper award at our reception and BBQ evening. Tickets for this event can also be booked through the Online Shop, as above.

A list of hotels in Birmingham that have accommodation available can be found here.

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ISIRC has received paper submissions from six continents and more than 30 countries. Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Professor Dennis Young, Georgia State University: The State of Theory and Research on Social Enterprise.
  • Dr Alex Nicholls, Oxford University: The Politics of Social Innovation: An International Comparison.
  • Professor Graham Smith, University of Southampton: Associative Democracy and the Social Economy: Exploring the Regulatory Challenge.
  • Dr Pascal Dey, St Gallen University: Social Enterprise in the United Kingdom Nonprofit Sector: A Multifaceted Relation.
  • Dr Paul Tracey, Cambridge University: Ethnography as Method for the Study of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Dr MariaLaura di Domenico, University of Surrey: Title to be confirmed

The call for papers has now closed. Those who have been successful should submit full papers (no longer than 9,000 words) to ISIRC@tsrc.ac.uk on or before 24 August 2012.

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.

This year Birmingham will also host the NCVO / VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, making this potentially the largest gathering of civil society researchers ever in the UK.

Conference Streams:

Please click the links below for more information on each of the conference streams:

Stream 1: Starting and scaling up social ventures

Stream 2: Towards a critical understanding of social entrepreneurship

Stream 3: Impact and performance

Stream 4: Public services and innovation

Stream 5: Governance and stakeholder relationships

Stream 6: The politics of social innovation

Open track: (Other papers relating to social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation)

For further information about ISIRC 2012 please contact either the relevant stream leads, or the conference organiser Simon Teasdale: ISIRC@tsrc.ac.uk.

For information about including a leaflet in the delegate packs please contact Rebecca Berridge: r.berridge@tsrc.ac.uk.  

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