Participation in the 5th Conference on Social Innovation and Digital-Social Transformation

The 5th Global Research Conference “Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation”, towards a comprehensive innovation policy organized by ESSI (The European School for Social Innovation) was held in Dortmund (Germany) on 28-29 October 2019. 

The “European School of Social Innovation”, in cooperation with the TU Dortmund University and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, plans and designs the event “Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation”, a key event on social innovation in the year 2019. It brought together representatives of scientific concepts, policy approaches and outstanding initiatives in social innovation. The conference also brought together leading experts in social innovation research.

In the framework of the FP7 SI-DRIVE project, the “Atlas of Social Innovation” report presents a comprehensive overview of global initiatives in social innovation. The Atlas provides information on the various approaches used in different regions of the world and in policy areas such as employment, education, environment, climate change, energy, transport, health, poverty and sustainable development.

The Basque Country is one of the regions analysed. Marta Enciso, SI-DRIVE PI from DEUSTO, was one of the researchers in charge of analyzing the evolution of the Basque Country in terms of social innovation. In fact, in the last 10 years, social innovation in this Community has gone from being framed in the social economy to being part of the regional innovation system.

Carmona Movement for the Feminization of Private Law at the University of Deusto

On September 19th and 20th 2019, a new edition of the Carmona Movement for the Feminization of Private Law was held at the University of Deusto. This movement was born in 2009, promoted by several professors of Civil Law in the city of Carmona.

During these sessions, different topics were addressed, such as the evolution of the legal system itself, applying criteria of transversality; leadership, employment and innovation in the economy from an increasingly complex perspective; and, finally, international and European Union strategies to promote equality and the fight against discrimination, gender violence, harassment and victim protection.

This congress is hosted by the University’s Faculty of Law, the EDISPe Research Team (Social Development, Economy and Social Innovation for People) whose main researcher is Professor and researcher Aitziber Mugarra, and the Jean Monnet de Deusto Chair directed by Professor Laura Gómez. 

Seminar with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) team

The members of the Jean Monnet EUCLIPE Chair, Marta Enciso and Laura Gómez, participated in a seminar held on 16 September 2019 with members of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) team, exploring possibilities of collaboration in research on social innovation and citizenship. 

ENoLL is the international federation of Living Labs of reference in Europe and the world. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in “waves” until today. It is also an enthusiastic and active partner of the Open Innovation 2.0 Community Forum, which brings together innovation experts, policy makers, academics and citizens. This is the result of an ongoing dialogue with DG CONNECT’s Open Innovation Policy and Strategy Group (OISPG) which believes in Living Labs as creators 

ENoLL’s Expert Groups aim to bring together ENoLL members with a common interest in advancing a specific knowledge area or field. In 2015, five domain-specific expert groups were established, supporting collaborative projects and knowledge sharing in key areas for the ENoLL community. These groups are:

  • Urban and regional laboratories
  • Research and the future of Living Labs
  • Living Lab Services for SMEs
  • Live health laboratories

Participation in the 11th International Social Innovation Research Conference

On 4 September 2019, a multidisciplinary team from the University of Deusto participated in the 11th International Social Innovation Research Conference held in Glasgow (Scotland, United Kingdom). 

This Conference is the main global arena for interdisciplinary research in social innovation, bringing together academics from around the world to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives. The event was opened by five international speakers and was structured around 21 conferences.

DEUSTO’s interdisciplinary research group on Social Innovation, which brings together researchers from the Faculties of Law and Engineering, such as Professors Laura Gómez and Marta Enciso, participated in the event and presented their work in different sessions.

 

Professors from the University of Hong Kong come for a research stay at the University of Deusto

From 4 to 14 June 2019, the experts on European issues Stefan Auer and Nicole Scicluna were on a research visit to the University of Deusto. 

On the one hand, Stefan Auer is Associate Professor of European Studies and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Hong Kong. His main research projects focus on Central European liberal nationalism, solidarity and democracy in Europe and the crisis of the European project. In addition, Professor Nicole Scicluna received her PhD in International Relations from La Trobe University (Australia) in 2013. Her teaching and research interests include European integration, EU law and policy, and the relationship between international law and international relations. 

Moreover, the two professors have met with the EDISPe team (Social Development, Economy and Innovation for People), as well as with the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, to see the possibilities of future collaboration in research and teaching.