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Kluvankova, T., Nijnik, M., Spacek, M., Sarkki, S., Perlik, M., Lukesch, R., Melnykovych, M., Valero, D. and Brnkalakova, S. (2021), Social Innovation for Sustainability Transformation and its Diverging Development Paths in Marginalised Rural Areas. Sociologia Ruralis, 61: 344-371. https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12337

Social innovation for sustainability transformation and its diverging development paths in marginalised rural areas

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Author: Kluvankova, Tatiana1; Nijnik, Maria2; Spacek, Martin3,4;
Organizations: 1SlovakGlobe: Slovak Academy of Sciences – Institute of Forest Ecology and Slovak University of Technology, Vazovova 5, Bratislava 812 43, Slovakia
2The Department of Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, UK
3Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Pasteurova 1, Ústí nad Labem 400 96, Czech Republic
4CETIP Network, Nad Primaskou 2468/1A, Prague 10000, Czech Republic
5University of Oulu, PO Box 1000, Oulu 90014, Finland
6Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Mittelstrasse 43, Bern CH-3012, Switzerland
7ÖAR GmbH, Lindengasse 56/18-19, Vienna 1070, Austria
8Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf 8903, Switzerland
9European Forest Institute, EFIMED, Barcelona 08025, Spain
10Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College – University of the Highlands and Islands, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 2NX, UK
11Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021070541111
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-01-16
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Abstract

Social innovation is perceived as a collaborative response from civic society actors to societal challenges and as such is increasingly being recognised as a driver for sustainable development. Social innovation promotes civic values, particularly in marginalised rural areas that are often struggling with biophysical and market limits, as well as shortages of public funding. In order to identify diverging development paths (DDPs) for social innovation, in this article, we use two large sets of empirical material from the SIMRA research project. First, for meta-analyses of social innovation in diverse situations and contexts, we use 211 validated social innovation examples. Second, we rely on 11 in-depth cases to reflect on the contexts and dimensions of social innovation. The elaboration of conceptualisation and deductive analyses result in the creation of a typology of social innovation DDPs, with four DDPs identified and explained. The article provides an improved understanding of how social innovation emerges and develops and how to capture processes and resulting changes in marginalised rural areas in order to turn such areas’ diversity into strengths. An important conclusion is that social innovation involves both local and external actors, yet cannot develop without specific internal local activity and local knowledge.

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Series: Sociologia ruralis
ISSN: 0038-0199
ISSN-E: 1467-9523
ISSN-L: 0038-0199
Volume: 61
Issue: 2
Pages: 344 - 371
DOI: 10.1111/soru.12337
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/soru.12337
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 5141 Sociology
519 Social and economic geography
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Funding: This research received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement (GA) 677622 (H2020 SIMRA – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). We are also thankful for the support of the VEGA project 2/0013/17 – The role of ecosystem services in support of landscape conservation under global change, Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government through its Strategic Research Programme (2016–2021) and Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, Grant No. ESKAS-2019.0425.
EU Grant Number: (677622) SIMRA - Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas
Dataset Reference: The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in ZENODO repository at https://zenodo.org/record/3695734#.Xt-u1kUzaUk.
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Copyright information: © 2021 European Society for Rural Sociology. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kluvankova, T., Nijnik, M., Spacek, M., Sarkki, S., Perlik, M., Lukesch, R., Melnykovych, M., Valero, D. and Brnkalakova, S. (2021), Social Innovation for Sustainability Transformation and its Diverging Development Paths in Marginalised Rural Areas. Sociologia Ruralis, 61: 344-371, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12337. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.