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.

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.


The EUCLIPE Jean Monnet Chair publishes a chapter about social innovation for the employment in the European Unión

Las profesoras Marta Enciso, Aitziber Mugarra y Laura Gómez, integrantes de la Cátedra EUCLIPE han publicado el siguiente capítulo “Innovación social para el empleo en la Unión Europea. El caso del cooperativismo y la economía social” en el libro ”Nuevos horizontes y perspectivas para el derecho en el siglo XXI” (pp. 277-290. Thomson Reutes, Pamplona, 2018)

The professors Marta Enciso, Aitziber Mugarra y Laura Gómez, members of the Euclipe Jean Monnet Chair have published the following chapter ‘’Innovación social para el empleo en la Unión Europea. El caso del cooperativismo y la economía social”1 in the book ”Nuevos horizontes y perspectivas para el derecho en el siglo XXI”2 (pp. 277-290. Thomson Reutes, Pamplona, 2018)

This performance derives from the research investigation SI-Drive, financed by the European Commission under the VII Marco Program dedicated to social innovation, being related to impulse job creation. The chapter begins studying how the European Union has participated in the realms of social innovation and social economy since the 2008 crisis, observing how the problem of unemployment is solved. In this frame, the chapter explore the main principles of elements and results of the SI-Drive project in order to contrast them with successful performances that show in practice the accuracy of the investigated aspects in the Basque country

1Social Innovation for the employment in the European Unión. The co-operationist and social economy.

2New Horizons and perspectives for the Law in the XXI century

Participation in the International Congress of Social and Cooperative Economy Researchers of the ENUIES NETWORK

Professor Marta Enciso presented a panel for the participation in the International Congress of Social and Cooperative Economy Researchers of the ENUIES NETWORK, held from 3 to 5 October 2018, which was accepted. 

In this context, a panel is presented which is a thematic workshop entitled “Social Innovation and Social Economy and its impact on the achievement of the great European challenges”.

The European Union, with the approval of its strategy (Europe 2020) designed after the crisis of 2008, has influenced actions of a social nature not only to alleviate the negative effects produced by the crisis, but also to achieve the evolution of Europe towards a more sustainable future by pursuing inclusive, sustainable and intelligent growth. In the set of measures proposed, we can highlight the support for Social Innovation, defined by the Commission as a new way of satisfying social needs that are not adequately covered by the market or the public sector, as well as to produce the necessary changes in behaviour to resolve the great challenges of society. This same space is occupied by the Social Economy and social enterprises. 

In addition, this workshop aims to present papers related to the subject from a multidisciplinary point of view (legal, economic, sociological…) as well as the analysis of cases and policies (European, national, regional…) that seek to create an ecosystem that favours the social economy and social innovation.