SIMRA

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas

SIMRA

Principal Investigator: Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková

Co-researchers: Prof. Mária Kozová, Prof. Jiřina Jílková, Dr. Martin Špaček, Dr. Stanislava Brnkaľáková, Prof. Andrej Udovč, Dr. Veronika Gežík, Tomáš Szabo, Ivo Saganič

Duration of the project: April 1st 2016 – April 1st 2020

Project number: 677622 

Coordinator: Prof. Maria Nijnik, James Hutton Institute, Scotland

Number of involved organizations based on countries, including SR: 15 (26 partner)

Web: http://www.simra-h2020.eu/ 

Objectives:

The main objective of the SIMRA project is to develop the concept of social innovation in marginalized rural area and their interconnection with the management mechanisms in agriculture, forestry and rural development. SIMRA understands social innovation as the reconfiguring of social practices, in response to societal challenges, which seeks to enhance outcomes on societal well-being and necessarily includes the engagement of civil society actors. What influences the emergence and successful development of social innovation in rural areas? How can be innovation potential supported in the diverse EU regions? Answers to the questions will contribute to the creation of a new CAP policy and to looking for new ways of tackling the inequalities of the EU regions and improving the quality of life for their inhabitants.

The SEA Department of Slovak Academy of Sciences, as a leader of WP2, is primarily responsible for the development of the definition of social innovation and the development and classification of innovation theories in marginalized rural regions. The SEA Department also guides the transdisciplinary strategy of involving actors in the project. CETIP Network is involved mainly in analysis of SIMRA case studies. We are responsible for the analysis of social innovations in 4 case study areas:
  • Revitalizing plans for Vlkolínec (Slovakia)

  • Smart Carbon Community Forestry (Slovakia)

  • Smart Carbon Community Forestry (Slovenia)

  • Positive migration in Vidovici (Croatia). In the SIMRA project, the representation of key EU actors from forest management, agricultural and rural development organizations is part of the original transdisciplinary strategy of SIMRA project to support societal challenges and the creation of scientific knowledge with the active participation of all-society actors. The involvement of SITT members since the start of the project is key to creating a transparent and inclusive approach to creating social innovation in marginalized rural areas.

Activities:

  • Project SIMRA has been launched!

  • SIMRA SITT workshop in Bratislava: Shaping Social Innovation for Marginalised Rural Areas

  • National information day H2020

  • European Commission DG Agri “How can social innovation contribute to rural development?”

  • CETIP Social Innovation Case Studies at SIMRA General Assembly in Padova!

  • Challenges and opportunities of social innovations in Adriatic Island Cres

  • CETIP and IFE SAS at the ISIRC 2018: „Bridging Social and Business Innovation“

  • SEAM Conference 2018: From Tragedy to Survival – The Journey of Polycentric Governance

  • Social innovation and other forms of innovation: experiences from the Forum Carpaticum meeting, Eger 2018

Deliverables:

Polman N., Slee B., Kluvánková T., Dijkshoorn M., Nijnik M., Gezik V., Soma K. 2017, Deliverable 2.1 Classification of Social Innovations for Marginalized Rural Areas. Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas. H2020-ISIB-2015-2., Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy. Kluvánková T., Gežík V., Špaček M., Brnkaľáková S., Slee B., Polman N., Valero D., Bryce R., Alkhaled S., Secco L., Burlando C., Kozova M., Miller D., Nijnik M., Perlik M., Pisani E., Price M., Sarkki S., Weiss G., 2017, Deliverable 2.2 Transdisciplinary understanding of SI in MRAs. Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas. H2020-ISIB-2015-2., Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy. Marini Govigli, V., Melnykovych, M., Górriz-Mifsud, E., Dalla Torre, C., Ravazzoli, E., Da Re, R., Pisani, E., Secco, L., Vincentini, K., Ludvig, A., Weiss, G., Zivojinovic, I., Kluvánková, T., Spacek, M., Akinsete, E., Barlagne, C., Baselice, A. Bengoumi, M., Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M., Egartner, S., Gibson, H., Gramm, V., Herrmann, P., Hewitt, R., Kozova, M., Labidi, A., Lolini, M., Lopolito, A., Miller, D., Niedermayr, J., Nijnik, M., Perlik, M., Polman, N., Prokofieva, I., Prosperi, M., Rodríguez Fernández-Blanco, C., Sarkki, S., Vassilopoulos A. and Wagner, K. 2019. Report on Social Innovation Assessment in Each Selected Case Study, Deliverable D5.3, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA). pp.38. Górriz-Mifsud, E., Marini Govigli, V., Ravazzoli, E., Dalla Torre, C., Da Re, R., Secco, L., Pisani, E., Ludvig, A., Weiss, G., Pisani, E., Akinsete, E., Barlagne, C., Baselice, A., Bengoumi, M., Brnkalakova, S., Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M., Egartner, S., Gramm, V., Hayder, M., Herrmann, P., Kozova, M., Lopolito, A., Niedermayr, J., Perlik, M., Pfusterschmid, S., Polman, N., Prokofieva, I., Prosperi, M., Rodríguez, C., Sarkki, S., Slee, B., Spacek, M., Udovč, A., Vassilopoulos, A., Wagner, K., 2018. Case Study Protocols and Final Synthetic Description for Each Case Study. Deliverable 5.1 – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA). Report to the European Commission, pp. 154. Górriz-Mifsud, E., Marini Govigli, V., Ravazzoli, E., Dalla Torre, C., Da Re, R., Secco, L., Pisani, E., Ludvig, A., Weiss, G., Pisani, E., Akinsete, E., Barlagne, C., Baselice, A., Bengoumi, M., Brnkalakova, S., Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M., Egartner, S., Gramm, V., Hayder, M., Herrmann, P., Kozova, M., Lopolito, A., Niedermayr, J., Perlik, M., Pfusterschmid, S., Polman, N., Prokofieva, I., Prosperi, M., Rodríguez, C., Sarkki, S., Slee, B., Spacek, M., Udovč, A., Vassilopoulos, A., Wagner, K., 2018. Background information and individual protocols of SIMRA Case Studies. Report 5.2 – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), pp. 250.

Publications:

Kluvánková T., Gežík V., Špaček M., Brnkaľáková S., Kozová M. 2017. Transdisciplinary Understanding of Social Innovation In Marginalized Rural Areas. In Terra Spectra STU Spatial Planning Central European Journal of Spatial and Landscape Planning STU, Vol. IX., No. 1. Kluvánková, T., Brnkal’áková. S., Spacek, M., Slee, R., Nijnik, M., Valero, D., Miller, D.R., Bryce, R., Kozová, M., Polman, N., Szabo, T. and Gezik, V. (2018) Understanding social innovation for the well-being of forest-dependent communities: a preliminary theoretical framework. Forest Policy and Economics, 97, 163-174.

Other publications:

Kozová, M. Štecová, I., Kaiser, A.: The impact and Risks of Climate Change and the Urgency of their Solution in the Town of Ružomberok and its Environs, Katolicka univerzita v Rižomberku, 2017, ISSN 1335-9185 Kluvankova, T., Brnkalakova, S., Marek, M.V., Kovac U., Valatin, G., Nijnik, M., Hopkins, J., Udovc, A., Ambrose-Oji, B., Zhiyanski, M., Glushkova, M.: Carbon sequestration for Well-being of European Mountain Regions (in special issue of Climate Research, IF:2,5, in review). Melnykovych, M., Kozova, M., Spacek, M. and Kluvankova, T. 2019. Analytical Case Studies (Case Study Type A) Revitalising plans for Vlkolinec – Slovakia (led by IFE SAS/CETIP). Report 5.4k – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) [Internal report].

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 677622