Use social innovation to improve conditions in disadvantaged rural areas
On this course, you’ll learn what social innovation is, how it can best be supported and where innovation efforts should be concentrated. You’ll specifically focus on the challenges facing rural areas.
You’ll be introduced to a range of approaches for actioning social innovation initiatives as you explore the role of communities and society in innovation development.
Using global case-studies, you’ll analyse new approaches proposed by 26 partners involved in the EU H2020 research project, SIMRA. You’ll explore the findings of the project, led by the project partners themselves.
What topics will you cover?
1 – Introduction to Social Innovation
2 – Characteristics of social innovation in rural areas
3 – Social innovation in rural areas in practice
4 – Good practices and adaptive management in social innovation projects
5 – Methods to evaluate social innovation in rural areas
6 – Policy needs and policies for supporting social innovation in rural areas
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for anyone interested in innovation in rural development.
This may include decision-makers, public, private and third sector development agents, evaluators, facilitators, technical advisors, researchers or students involved in social innovation projects in rural areas.
Who developed the course?
University of Padova
The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza
Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas.
SIMRA – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas
SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development, and how to boost them, particularly in marginalised rural areas across Europe.
EU (Horizon 2020 Project)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 677622.