Call for Papers & Panels:

9th International Social Innovation Research Conference In partnership with Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Conference and EMES December 12-14 2017 #ISIRC2017

Social innovations are often presented as solutions to wicked social problems, operating across sectors, and disrupting traditions of policy and practice. Social innovations – including social enterprise, design-led service creation and citizen co-production – are initiated within, between and beyond the bounds of established organisational forms.  Redefining boundaries creates new opportunities for combining wisdom and resources for progressive social change. Yet, critical scholars have observed that many popularised social innovations are limited in their focus on systemic change, and subject to isomorphic pressures from government and commercial interests. Others have argued that individual social innovations are limited in their effectiveness without wider systems-thinking in the design of social innovation policy and practice.

The ninth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2017) will explore social innovation within and beyond the organisation. It invites research-led reflection on the organisational boundaries recast by social innovation, the systemic imperatives of a growing focus on social innovation, and the cross-cutting implications of these for theory and practice. Empirical, conceptual and practice-informed research contributions are encouraged.

The conference organisers invite abstracts for papers and panel proposals in the following streams:


Guidelines for abstract and panel proposal submission:

All paper abstracts and panel proposals must be submitted via the conference website at Where references are included, all proposals should adopt the Harvard referencing system.

A maximum of two proposals may be submitted per presenter (joint papers to be presented by co-authors will also be considered)

Paper abstracts must be maximum 400 words, excluding references. They should articulate: the research objectives or questions being addressed; the conceptual or theoretical perspectives informing the work; where appropriate, the methodology utilised; and the contribution of the paper to knowledge in light of the conference themes.

Panel proposals must be a maximum of 1000 words. They should include: the panel purpose and its relationship to the nominated conference stream; details of (minimum) three and (maximum) four papers and paper presenters to be included in the panel; and the expected contribution of the panel.


Key dates:

Paper abstract and panel proposals due: March 10, 2017

Decision of submissions to be advised by: April 30, 2017

Early-bird registration closes: July 25, 2017

Full papers submitted for consideration in best paper awards due: September 10, 2017



Inquiries about submissions to specific streams should be directed to stream co-chairs listed above.

Inquiries about conference administration and technical issues related to online submission should be directed to the conference secretariat at

All other inquiries should be directed to the conference secretariat at

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