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Social innovation in theory and practice

Published: 11 December 2014

Luleå University of Technology manages a series of R&D projects to develop knowledge and methods regarding social innovation, in collaboration between academia, industry and society.

National Knowledge Platform

Luleå University of Technology establishes a regional node for social innovation, as part of a national knowledge platform with other universities around Sweden: Mötesplats Social Innovation, Malmö University, Stockholm University, Örebro University, Jönköping University and Umeå University.

Model for visualizing values of social innovations

The project develops a model to verify and visualize the values ​​that social innovations create for people, organizations and society. The model is developed jointly by innovation researchers, innovation promoters and innovators. More info

Guide to supporting social innovation

Project website

Knowledge support to Vinnova projects

Luleå University of Technology contributes with knowledge support to projects financed by Vinnova's initiative on social innovation for combatting segregation. The support is based on previous research on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design methodology, leadership in complex projects, etc. It is conducted in cooperation with Ideell Arena, Södertörn University, and others.

Mapping the European Social Fund

Luleå University of Technology conducts a survey of social innovation in projects funded by the European Social Fund. The survey includes an overview of previous research and an analysis of current and previous projects in Sweden. It is conducted as part of the Thematic Platform for Sustainable Working Life, managed by Forte and the Swedish ESF Council, to enhance the knowledge and conditions of the European Social Fund to operate.

Social innovation in the civil society working life

This research project aims to increase knowledge about the civil society's social innovations for an inclusive working life. Among other things, it is about innovative activities and methods for more jobs and better working conditions for under-represented and disadvantaged groups, which are developed by non-profit organizations. More info

Innovation in the nonprofit sector

Project website 

Gender-driven social innovation

Project website

Social innovation in Norrbotten

Project website

Social innovation at a technological university

Project website

Social innovation in the Church of Sweden

Project website

Place innovation for attractive communities

Project website.


Malin Lindberg, Professor at Luleå University of Technology