WP 42 | 12 Social enterprise projects as urban regeneration strategies: spaces and methods for social innovation

Publication date: 18 March 2012
Research areas: Innovative models
Publication categories: Working papers
Tags: social enterprises, creative business, welfare, housing, social innovation, innovazione sociale

Among the various expressions of social innovation, the regeneration of community assets by social purpose enterprises is assuming increasing prominence. The renovation of real estate and public spaces to be used for social services, cultural initiatives, sheltered housing, and community tourism represents an important challenge both on the managerial level and in terms of the legitimacy of these enterprises. The paper aims to explore both aspects in depth, analyzing the main critical junctures of regeneration processes and highlighting the convergence at the scholarly level between the definitions of social enterprise and public policy.