ISIRC 2011

The third International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) took place at London South Bank University on 12 and 13 September 2011.
I presented my paper “Keys to performance in humanitarian design” on the last day of the conference, and I received positive feedback and indications taht my approach is a relevant one that will put new light on a challenging issue.
I would also highly recommend this conference to anyone working with social innovation and social enterprice.
ISIRC is an open conference that brings together scholars from around the globe to discuss the role of innovation in social businesses, social movements, not-for-profits, state actors, and the broader social economy. On this occasion it attracted more than ninety delegates from as far as Japan, New Zealand and Australia (from Soth Bank University’s website).
Conference themes included: –
  • The Politics of Social Innovation
  • Governance and stakeholder relationships
  • Critical perspectives (questioning underlying assumptions)
  • Global and international aspects of social enterprise and social innovation
  • Millennium development goals and issues of poverty
  • Life cycles, impact and performance in social enterprise
  • Social enterprises in creative and cultural industries

ISIRC Conference Attendees


About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on
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