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Can Social Innovation Make a Change in European and Mediterranean Marginalized Areas? Social Innovation Impact Assessment in Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Rural Development

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Institute for Regional Development Eurac Research, Viale Druso, 1, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), University of Padova, Via dell’Università, 16, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
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European Forest Institute, Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED), St. Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
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Forest Science and Technology Center of Catalonia (CTFC), 25280 Solsona, Spain
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The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, Scotland, UK
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Department of Sciences of Agriculture, Food Natural resources and Engineering, University of Foggia, 71121 Foggia, Italy
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Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Subregional Office for North Africa, les Berges du Lac 1, Tunis 1053, Tunisia
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Wageningen Economic Research, Prinses Beatrixlaan 582-528, 2595 BM The Hague, The Netherlands
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Department of Economics, Management and Territory, University of Foggia, 71121 Foggia, Italy
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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
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Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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Cultural Anthropology Programme, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
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Department of Economics, University of Ioannina, University Campus, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
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School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, 76 Patission Street, 104 34 Athens, Greece
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Academic Editor: Miguel Amado
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1823; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041823
Received: 30 December 2020 / Revised: 26 January 2021 / Accepted: 31 January 2021 / Published: 8 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Impact of Social Innovation on Sustainable Development of Rural Areas)
Social innovation (SI) impacts are long-term changes that affect different dimensions of territorial capital (i.e., economy, society, environment, governance) for the territory in which SI occurs. Yet, systematic empirical evidence and theoretically sound assessments of the impacts of SI are scarce. This paper aims to fill the gap and assess the different aspects of SI’s impacts in European and Mediterranean areas that are characterized by marginalization processes. To assess the impacts of SI in marginalized areas, we use the evaluation framework developed within the Social Innovation in Marginalized Rural Areas (SIMRA) Horizon 2020 project and apply it to nine SI initiatives related to the fields of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development. Our findings show that SI produces cross-sectoral (societal, economic, environmental, and governmental) and multi-level impacts (on individuals, community, and society), which have improved the societal well-being, and contributed to the reduction of certain forms of marginality, mainly inside the territory in which SI occurred. View Full-Text
Keywords: social innovation; socio-economic impacts; institutional impacts; environmental impacts; societal well-being; European societal challenges; marginalization; sustainability challenges; local level social innovation; socio-economic impacts; institutional impacts; environmental impacts; societal well-being; European societal challenges; marginalization; sustainability challenges; local level
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Ravazzoli, E.; Dalla Torre, C.; Da Re, R.; Marini Govigli, V.; Secco, L.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Pisani, E.; Barlagne, C.; Baselice, A.; Bengoumi, M.; Dijskhoorn-Dekker, M.; Labidi, A.; Lopolito, A.; Melnykovych, M.; Perlik, M.; Polman, N.; Sarkki, S.; Vassilopoulos, A.; Koundouri, P.; Miller, D.; Streifeneder, T.; Nijnik, M. Can Social Innovation Make a Change in European and Mediterranean Marginalized Areas? Social Innovation Impact Assessment in Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Rural Development. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1823. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041823

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Ravazzoli E, Dalla Torre C, Da Re R, Marini Govigli V, Secco L, Górriz-Mifsud E, Pisani E, Barlagne C, Baselice A, Bengoumi M, Dijskhoorn-Dekker M, Labidi A, Lopolito A, Melnykovych M, Perlik M, Polman N, Sarkki S, Vassilopoulos A, Koundouri P, Miller D, Streifeneder T, Nijnik M. Can Social Innovation Make a Change in European and Mediterranean Marginalized Areas? Social Innovation Impact Assessment in Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Rural Development. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1823. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041823

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Ravazzoli, Elisa; Dalla Torre, Cristina; Da Re, Riccardo; Marini Govigli, Valentino; Secco, Laura; Górriz-Mifsud, Elena; Pisani, Elena; Barlagne, Carla; Baselice, Antonio; Bengoumi, Mohammed; Dijskhoorn-Dekker, Marijke; Labidi, Arbia; Lopolito, Antonio; Melnykovych, Mariana; Perlik, Manfred; Polman, Nico; Sarkki, Simo; Vassilopoulos, Achilleas; Koundouri, Phoebe; Miller, David; Streifeneder, Thomas; Nijnik, Maria. 2021. "Can Social Innovation Make a Change in European and Mediterranean Marginalized Areas? Social Innovation Impact Assessment in Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Rural Development" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1823. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041823

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