Participation in Social Innovation Processes: A Case Study of Roskilde University Impact Hub

Katia Dupret*, Mikkel Munksgaard, Anne Vorre Hansen

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This study seeks to investigate the role and character of democratic participation in social innovation (SI) processes. The study builds empirically on a collaborative design process of an Impact hub conducted between a social enterprise, Roskilde University researchers and students during 2019. It draws on concepts of participation (Carpentier, 2011, Javnost, 2016) from a political critical perspective and social innovation (SI) (Moulaert and MacCallum, 2019) from a democratic empowering perspective. The study finds a significant degree of variety in the intensity and characteristics of participation in the investigated SI process, most likely influencing the project’s potential to facilitate social innovation. One critical barrier concerned the enactment of different more or less visible and active ways of participation leading to ambiguity in project development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning about Social Entrepreneurship and Management in Times of Social Transformation
EditorsLuise Li Langergaard, Katia Dupret, Jennifer Eschweiler
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9783031477072
ISBN (Electronic)9783031477089
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesEthical Economy


  • Social innovation
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Social design
  • Participation
  • Democratic decision-making

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