International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC)


We are delighted to announce the next International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. Every year, it brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation and social entrepreneurship from varied perspectives. 

ISIRC 2021 will take place in Milan (Italy), on 8-10 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, ALTIS – Graduate School Business and Society, and E4Impact Foundation
This year’s theme is “Enabling the change! Social innovation and enterprises for a better future”. It aligns with the world’s leading impactful research on such topic, as well as with the activities being undertaken by members of ALTIS and by E4Impact in Africa. It also reflects the important role we see for social innovation and social enterprise in creating fairer and more sustainable societies, both in developed and developing countries.


8-9-10 September, 2021
Milan / On-line

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Register now: discounted price on the fee until 30 June, 2021



Between January and April 2021 we have received more than 300 abstracts from researchers, PhD candidates and studenti from all over the world.

The topics (Streams) suggested in the Call for Papers of this year's conference were:
1.    Active ageing and social innovation.
2.    Critical perspectives on social innovation.
3.    New approaches to social innovation: design thinking theory, practice and critique
4.    Digital and technological social innovation.
5.    Financing social impact.
6.    Hybrid models & organizing implications for social entrepreneurship research & beyond
7.    Migrants' economic, social, and political inclusion: what role for social innovation?
8.    Public institutions and social innovation.
9.    Regional and geographical aspects of social innovation.
10.    Social impact measurement: challenges and promising pathways.
11.    Social innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.
12.    Social innovation education.
13.    Social innovation for health and wellbeing.
14.    Sustainability and social innovation in a time of climate and biodiversity emergency.
15.    Theoretical and methodological futures for social innovation.
16.    Universities as global enabling social innovation agents.
17.    Social innovation and complexity.
18.    Circular economy and social innovation. 
19.    Spirituality, social innovation and religious entrepreneurship.
20.    Sustainability and social innovation in pandemic era.
21.    Orchestration networks for social innovation.
22.    Open stream.




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