Participation in the SHIINE training school in Limerick: Creating new links and strengthening old ones!

Participation in the SHIINE training school in Limerick: Creating new links and strengthening old ones!

It’s never easy to find the time to stop for a few days and take the time to exchange with colleagues about new research subjects outside of our courses, publications and university commitments, yet it is so refreshing! This happened during the Multidisciplinary Innovation for Social Change Training School, held in Limerick, Ireland, last week, 10 -12 of May. The training school was a great opportunity to learn new things, reformulate concepts already seen, and, above all, make different research perspectives interact through dialogue with colleagues.

The training school has been organized in the framework of the SHIINE COST project. The SHIINE project aims to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse.

It was also well designed, with sessions from different disciplines and approaches to face social problems and improve the quality of life, considering the application of social innovations to the Moyross area in Limerick city.

We found out about this opportunity through the FB post on the EMES page, which put us back in touch with EMES colleagues. But also with some new colleagues working on multi-actor governance, social change and topics closely kin to research on social economy and social entrepreneurship. 

As EMES members, we had the opportunity to bring our perspective on social economy and social entrepreneurship. While these are topics we have been handling for years, it is always interesting to see the reaction of an international audience to these types of concepts and the interest they arouse. 

It’s not always easy to take a break from daily commitments, but it is, without doubt, an enriching experience as a researcher and as a person!

To sum it up, a really good event bringing closer different perspectives, networks, and interests. We would repeat it, no doubt!


Short bio 



Giorgia Trasciani is a post-doc researcher at the LEST, University of Aix-Marseille (France). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of L’Orientale, Naples, and the University Aix-Marseille. Her research focuses on social economy, multi-level governance, and social policies. She has been a member of EMES since 2014.


Carmen Guzmán Alfonso is an Associate Professor at the University of Seville (Spain). Her research interests include social economy and social entrepreneurship. She has participated in many national projects related to entrepreneurship and in different international research projects related to social enterprises, such as the “International Comparative Social Enterprise Models” (ICSEM) Project and the COST project: “Empowering the next generation of social enterprise scholars”.


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