SHIINE webinar: Multi-Disciplinary Innovation for Social Change

The SHIINE (COST-Action 18236) initiative regards to topics of an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, traditional disciplinary approaches to the framing and resolution of social and economic problems deliver ever diminishing returns. Discussions abound, therefore, about how best to educate and prepare graduates for the fresh challenges of the 21st century.

06/05/2020 - 15:00 - 17.00

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Research Seminar on topic: Multi-Disciplinary Innovation in a Pandemic, in association with Burgas Free University - Digital Transformation, media and inclusion Conference

Seminar will be moderated by Dr Katri Liis Lepik

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Knowledge Alliances between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning are therefore becoming increasingly necessary and relevant. The challenge is to determine what we should teach in the future and how it should be taught. The changing nature of contemporary society highlights that social issues are often highly complex and multifaceted.

The aim of this Action is to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse. It will be achieved through the establishment of a Pan-European Public Sector Innovation (ePSI) lab. It will prepare students for roles in employment by integrating education programmes into the lab’s operations and it will support agencies that have a role in responding to and developing public policy

The webinar will be about: "Multi-Disciplinary Innovation in a Pandemic".  It's about multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral innovation for societal change. We will discuss Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and their entrepreneurial role during the COVID19 crisis. The webinar will cover topics such as social  innovations, new teaching practices, knowledge exchange in the social economy and COVID crisis contexts.


Mr Peter Meister-Broekema - "Discovering a new EU policy paradigm. The use and value of co-creation for social innovation" Hanze University of Applied Sciences (NL), Netherlands

Professor Giovanni Schiuma - "The TransformationLab as a catalyser of innovation for the tourism sector to face the COVID-19 socio-economic crises in Basilicata Region" Università degli Studi della Basilicata (IT), Italy

Dr Shane O'Sullivan - "Fostering Resilience in the Post COVID_19 Social Economy" Limerick Institute of Technology (IE), Ireland

Dr Nick Spencer - "The challenges and potential of design as a re-directive and infrastructuring practice" Northumbria University (UK), United Kingdom

Ms Jo Lefevere - The HackYourFuture Coaching Lab as a multidisciplinary social innovation practice" Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (BE), Belgium

Professor Milen Baltov - "Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change in the quadruple helix” Burgas Free University (BG), Bulgaria
Dr. Christina Weber - "Digital turn in quadruple helix co-creation - split view and shared vision" Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship (DE), Germany

Professor Carmen Paunescu and Dr. Mary McDonnell-Naughton - "Organizational characteristics of a social entrepreneurial university. A theoretical perspective" Bucharest University of Economic Studies (RO), Romania and Athlone Institute of Technology (IE), Ireland