A practice review – How can cities help develop the social economy, in order to achieve more inclusive growth?

A practice review – How can cities help develop the social economy, in order to achieve more inclusive growth?
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
June 2016

 

We want to understand the role that encouraging the social economy – such as employee-owned businesses, social enterprises and community enterprises – could play in cities’ policies to create more and better jobs. Creating these jobs is key for cities to generate inclusive growth – economic growth that tackles poverty and benefits all within their city regions


Key information

 

Status: Open

 

Deadline for submission: 23:59 hours – Tuesday, 9 August 2016

 

Timescale: 5 months, starting September 2016

 

Budget: Up to £40k (including VAT and any other expenses) one project only.


Full information

 

Through a review of the literature and case studies of UK and international practice, the project should assess the following questions:

What is the potential role of the social economy in generating more and better jobs? 
What and where are the examples of the social economy playing a transformative role in local economic growth – generating new and quality jobs at scale, that are accessible to local people and places in poverty?  We’re interested in both the ‘tried and tested’ and the ‘imaginative and innovative’ examples.
Where these examples exist, what are the transferable lessons that could be applied to UK cities?
What support could enable the social economy to develop and what role can cities play in this? What else would it take to unlock the potential of the social economy in delivering inclusive growth?
What should a coherent city strategy for supporting the social economy comprise in the short, medium and long term?

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