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Centre for Social Innovation Management

We are a problem driven and multidisciplinary research centre.

As scholars and educators, how can we collectively guide business leaders, policymakers and stakeholders with systematic and empirically robust mechanisms that can turn the difficulties of developing and implementing social innovations into manageable solutions?

Social Innovation involves the creation of solutions that benefits society as a whole rather than private individuals. Our primary research activities are focused on four global challenges: 

Research questions

Embracing cross-sector interaction requires significant efforts and can create coordination challenges. This is an opportune moment for our Centre to turn research into actionable insights to tackle these challenges. Motivated by these opportunities, the Centre’s research questions are:

  • As scholars and educators, how can we collectively guide business leaders, policymakers and stakeholders with systematic and empirically robust mechanisms that can turn the difficulties of developing and implementing social innovations into manageable solutions?
  • What cognitive knowledge (technical and environmental feasibility, commercial and organizational viability) is required for a proposed solution to succeed?
  • And what social and cultural knowledge (ethics, law, cultural norms and political influences) is required for a proposed solution to be accepted?

Our vision

Our driving vision for Social Innovation involves the creation of solutions that benefits society as a whole rather than private individuals. It is inherently multidisciplinary and requires embracing cross-sector dynamics and interaction. Our Centre leverages scholars’ collective knowledge on social innovation and sustainability by fostering engagement within different disciplines, establishing relationships with external stakeholders, and bridging scholarly and practitioner connections.

Multidisciplinary research

Our team of researchers are dedicated to delivering multidisciplinary research that engages with current challenges and produces tangible outcomes. 

Our staff members

Dr Stelvia Matos

Head of Centre

Stelvia is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Social Innovation & Sustainability Management and Head of the Centre for Social Innovation Management at Surrey Business School. Her research focuses on understanding the complex interactions among social, environmental and economic factors, and how they affect and are affected by innovation dynamics, entrepreneurial behaviour and...

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