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Social innovation studies

Published: 11 December 2014

Luleå University of Technology studies and supports social innovation, in terms of innovative ways to meet societal challenges and to ensure the welfare, wellbeing and empowerment of vulnerable groups in society.

Regional Knowledge Hub

Luleå University of Technology has established a regional knowledge hub for social innovation, as part of the national platform Mötesplats Social Innovation. 

Anthology social innovation

In order to provide an overview of current research on social innovation in Sweden, chapters are called for an anthology, with chapters written by researchers from different universities and disciplines. The anthology is published by Studentlitteratur, with editors from Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University. More info

The value of social innovations

The project develops a model to visualize the value ​​that social innovations engender in the society. The model is developed jointly by innovation researchers, innovation promoters and innovators. More info

Supporting social innovation

Transformative Innovation Support is a guide for innovation promoters to support the realization of social innovations. It was developed in collaboration between promoters, innovators, researchers and designers in a VINNOVA-funded project. More info.

Innovation Labs for Social Inclusion

Luleå University of Technology has supported ten innovation labs for social innovation around Sweden. The labs are part of VINNOVA's promotion of social innovation against segregation. The support is carried out in collaboration with Ideell Arena and Södertörn University, with funding from VINNOVA.

Social innovation for an inclusive working life

Luleå University of Technology has conducted a study on social innovation for an inclusive working life, based on lessons learned from the European Social Fund. The study includes an overview of past research and an analysis of ongoing and past projects in Sweden. The study was conducted as part of the Thematic Platform for Sustainable Working Life, managed by Forte and the Swedish ESF Council. More info

Innovative inclusion in the civil society working life

This research project aims to increase knowledge about the efforts of Swedish civil society organizations to promote an inclusive working life, in terms of social innovation. This includes new methods and establishments that create job opportunities and improve the working conditions for under-represented and disadvantaged groups. More info

Gender-equal social innovation

The project studies methods for gender-equal social innovation. This includes innovative ways of working for increased gender awareness and gender equality in organizations and society. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, Winnet Sweden, Magma Nord and Leia Företagshotell, with funding from VINNOVA. More info

Social innovation in Northern Sweden

The project identifies and analyzes practical examples of social innovation in Norrbotten, developed by civil society organizations, industrial companies or public authorities. The innovations include new goods, services methods, etc. that have been developed in a socially inclusive way and that aspire social change for sustainable development in northern Sweden. More info

Social innovation at a technological university

The project explores how a technological university can develop knowledge and innovations that contribute to an inclusive and sustainable society. A selection of practical examples from the university's various institutions is identified and described, from the perspective of researchers, students and innovation promoters. More info 

Social innovation in the Church of Sweden

The project identifies and analyzes practical examples of social innovations in the parishes, dioceses and church offices of The Church of Sweden. It is carried out in collaboration with the Church and VINNOVA. More info 

Place innovation for attractive communities

In the projects "Place Innovative City Centers" and "Place Innovation in Swedish Lapland", knowledge is developed regarding innovative renewal of city centers, municipalities, tourist destinations and other places. The projects are funded by The R&D Fund of the Swedish Tourism and Hospitality Industry (BFUF), The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council, and Sparbanken Nord. More info 


Malin Lindberg, Professor at Luleå University of Technology