Interconnected on Many Levels: Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Regions

In a seminar held at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) Dr. Richard Lang, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), introduced a multi-level model for social entrepreneurship in rural regions and their institutional environment. Lang developed the model together with Prof. Matthias Fink (IFI) referring to concepts rooted in regional and rural development, social entrepreneurship, innovation, social capital and network research. Empirical evidence comes from research in four marginalized rural regions in Europe in the context of the EU-funded project “RurInno”, in which the IRS and IFI are leading research partners. The seminar was part of the visiting fellowship Richard Lang has spent at the IRS between 16th and 20th of April. During the fellowship Dr. Lang and his colleagues worked on the book “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe” which will be published with Routledge.


IFI-Researcher Richard Lang spent a visiting fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). Credit: IRS