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Study Social Innovation (Free Online Courses)

Study Social Innovation (Free Online Courses)

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Study Social Innovation (Free Online Courses)

Explore applications of social innovation in rural areas and discover best practices for managing social innovation projects.

Use Social Innovation (Free Online Courses) 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

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Develop critical understanding of the concept of social innovation and its influence on social, economic and environmental outcomes in rural areas
  • Identify diverse roles of communities and civil society in the development of social innovation initiatives
  • Improve awareness of the multiple applications of rural social innovation to support social well-being
  • Explore a range of tools and methods to better support social innovation
  • Develop competences for identifying, categorising and analysing cases of social innovation in Europe and non-European Mediterranean countries
  • Classify factors that affect the development of social innovation in rural areas
  • Assess social innovation through innovative techniques of evaluation
  • Compare the policy contexts for social innovation in rural areas and their role in stimulating or constraining its development


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Open toAll Nationalities



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