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Institutional forms of social innovation

Mehmood, Abid 2016. Institutional forms of social innovation. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development 10 (3) , pp. 300-311. 10.1504/IJISD.2016.077512

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This paper offers a critique of the contemporary institutional discourses in social innovation theory and practice. It synthesises these discussions into the assumptions of replicability, durability and resistance of socially innovative actions and initiatives. Using the example of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), the paper makes a case for alternative dimensions to these assumptions in the form of adaptability, sustainability and institutional resilience for addressing the socioeconomic needs of individuals and communities. From this perspective, the institutional setup of OPP emerges as a form of social innovation that has proved sustainable and resilient over time by sticking to its core ethics, sustaining its network of institutions, and adapting to the changing needs and demands of local communities. In conclusion social innovation is emphasised as a catalyst for social and institutional transformation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban transformation; Social sustainability; Sustainable Development Goals; Urban informality; Institutional resilience; Qualitative secondary analysis
Publisher: Inderscience
ISSN: 1740-8822
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 26 September 2015
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 16:48

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