Can social innovation make a change in european and mediterranean marginalized areas? Social innovation impact assessment in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development

Elisa Ravazzoli*, Cristina Dalla Torre, Riccardo Da Re, Valentino Marini Govigli, Laura Secco, Elena Górriz-Mifsud, Elena Pisani, Carla Barlagne, Antonio Baselice, Mohammed Bengoumi, Marijke Dijskhoorn-Dekker, Arbia Labidi, Antonio Lopolito, Mariana Melnykovych, Manfred Perlik, Nico Polman, Simo Sarkki, Achilleas Vassilopoulos, Phoebe Koundouri, David MillerThomas Streifeneder, Maria Nijnik

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Abstract

Social innovation (SI) impacts are long-term changes that affect different dimensions of territorial capital (i.e., economy, society, environment, governance) for the territory in which SI occurs. Yet, systematic empirical evidence and theoretically sound assessments of the impacts of SI are scarce. This paper aims to fill the gap and assess the different aspects of SI’s impacts in European and Mediterranean areas that are characterized by marginalization processes. To assess the impacts of SI in marginalized areas, we use the evaluation framework developed within the Social Innovation in Marginalized Rural Areas (SIMRA) Horizon 2020 project and apply it to nine SI initiatives related to the fields of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development. Our findings show that SI produces cross-sectoral (societal, economic, environmental, and governmental) and multi-level impacts (on individuals, community, and society), which have improved the societal well-being, and contributed to the reduction of certain forms of marginality, mainly inside the territory in which SI occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1823
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Environmental impacts
  • European societal challenges
  • Institutional impacts
  • Local level
  • Marginalization
  • Social innovation
  • Societal well-being
  • Socio-economic impacts
  • Sustainability challenges

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