Social innovation and enterprise for more prosperous, fair and sustainable societies

Social innovation and enterprise for more prosperous, fair and sustainable societies

From the 1st– 3rd September 2020, Sheffield University Management School and the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) will host the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC). The (extended) deadline for paper and panel submissions is the 20th March 2020, more detail around this can be found on the conference website.

ISIRC is a world leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference, and brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss issues of social innovation from varied perspectives. The conference theme is ‘Social innovation and enterprise for more prosperous, fair and sustainable societies’. ISIRC 2020 will be co-chaired by Dr David Littlewood, member of EMES, and Professor Tim Vorley, and we “invite the EMES community to join us in Sheffield in September for three exciting days of shared learning, ideas exchange, discussions and debate”.

The conference theme aligns strongly with the work and interests of scholars in the EMES community, for instance through highlighting the important role of social enterprises, and entrepreneurs in societal transformation. There are 22 diverse conference streams, ranging from ‘Hybrid Models and Organizing’, to ‘Social Innovation & Complexity’, and ‘Critical Perspectives on Social Innovation’. Many of these streams are chaired by members of the EMES community, and will include paper presentations and panels based on research by EMES members. The conference will also include keynote presentations by senior social innovation and enterprise scholars, research project meetings, and has a number of affiliated journal special issues – including in the Social Enterprise Journal.

ISIRC welcomes and has something to offer social innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise scholars at all stages of their career – from those just beginning their PhD journey, to established and senior researchers looking for feedback on their latest ideas. It is a vibrant, diverse and open scholarly community. It is also highly interdisciplinary, in alignment with the EMES community, and provides a forum for dialogue across the social and natural sciences, and with the humanities. Such dialogue and collaboration is needed, as well engagement outside the academy with industry, government and third sector, if we are to address the global sustainable development challenges we face.

Sheffield is a ‘social enterprises city’, and hub for social innovation and venturing. It is also home to a dynamic community of social innovation and enterprise practitioners and scholars – the latter illustrated by Sheffield Hallam University hosting the 2019 EMES Conference. If you have any questions about the conference please do not hesitate to get in touch via email ( You can also follow them on Twitter to get the latest updates: @isirc2020

Conference hashtags: #socialinnovation #socialentrepreneurship #socialenterprise #conference

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