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Social innovation

Published: 11 December 2014

In the subject of Design at Luleå University of Technology social innovation is studied and supported - i.e. novel ways to meet societal challenges and to improve people's wellbeing, inclusion and empowerment.

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. More info

Research anthology on social innovation

In order to provide an overview of current research on social innovation in Sweden, an anthology is produced by researchers from different universities and disciplines, including Luleå University of Technology. The anthology will published in the spring of 2022 by Studentlitteratur. More info

Visualize the value of social innovations

The project develops a model to visualize and communicate 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.

Civil society innovation

Luleå University of Technology studies innovative solutions to societal challenges developed by civil society organizations. The research includes mapping and analysis of practical examples in sports associations, humanitarian organizations, religious communities, study associations, etc. More info.

Social innovation 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 and prepare job opportunities for disadvantaged groups. More info

Social innovation in the European Social Fund

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

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 


Malin Lindberg, Professor at Luleå University of Technology