Recent international policy advocating for social innovation to be part of strategies to promote sustainable urban development has energised this emerging body of literature. However, there is a need for more sector-specific research to integrate findings on the spatiality of social innovation, co-operative processes, and place-scale relations. This article presents a review (2002-2018) of social innovation in urban spaces. Based on data from 114 publications, the review indicates that research in the spatiality of social innovation can be grouped into three major themes: 1) Spatial planning and community development; 2) Governance; 3) Co-production and service design. The findings suggest that in general the collaboration of end users in place-based development are central to this process of urban change and that process is as significant as the outcome. This article concludes with a research agenda to address identified lacunas.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development|
|Early online date||2 Oct 2018|
|Publication status||Early online - 2 Oct 2018|
- social innovation
- urban space
- urban sustainability