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2021 events / Academic Forum

Call for papers

Thank you for your interest in the Academic Forum. The call for papers is now closed and all decisions have been sent to corresponding authors. You can still reference the call for papers below or download a PDF here.

Forum rationale

Social Enterprise World Forum, with SEWF 2021 Co-host Common Good Solutions, and our Academic Partners Saint Mary’s University Centre for leadership Excellence, Glasgow Caledonian University, Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology and Euclid Network, brought together educators, academics, researchers, students and practitioners for SEWF’s first-ever virtual Academic Forum.

The SEWF Academic Forum 2021 focused on achieving stronger collaboration between academia and the social enterprise sector by exploring the ways through which academia can support sectoral growth. This Forum was about increasing the impact of research and teaching through innovation in knowledge translation, action research and boosting opportunities for work-integrated learning. The Forum pushed participants from academia and the social enterprise sector alike to question the role of academia in supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector and furthering action and conversation about how we could collectively and collaboratively work across sectors to tackle wicked problems.

This scientific event also partnered with the Social Enterprise Journal for a special issue titled ‘Better Together: Collaborative approaches to advancing SDGs through social enterprise’. Research papers that presented problems, innovative ideas and were considered high quality by the Academic Forum’s Scientific Committee were invited to submit papers for the special issue.

To appeal to a wide audience, the Academic Forum featured papers and presentations related to three core streams.

Forum streams

Track 1: Advancing social enterprise research
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Empirical, theoretical and methodological papers focused on developing and applying scientific knowledge of social enterprise. This stream will favour abstract proposals focused on the following areas: SDGs, public policy, cooperatives, Indigenous social enterprise, social impact assessment, growth and scale, human resources and governance.

Track 2: Advancing social enterprise teaching
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Developments, approaches or pedagogical challenges, opportunities and best practices in teaching social enterprise. This stream will favour explorations of action research, collaborative teaching, use of networks in teaching and work-integrated and service-based learning.

Track 3: Advancing social enterprise engagement
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Reflections on lessons learned from universities and social enterprises working together in partnership, whether locally or internationally. This stream will favour explorations of working across traditional boundaries in social enterprise with an emphasis on projects and practices in which academia has supported the advancement of the sector. Challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from partnerships between social enterprises and universities at local, national or international levels are welcome topics.

Track 4: Open stream
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This track will cover papers and panels not otherwise related to the above three streams, but still within the scope of the Academic Forum. This is also a good place for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students to submit research as emerging scholars.

Guidelines for authors

Submissions from emerging scholars at undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and early career researchers were highly encouraged. Please use this form to submit your 400-word (including references) abstract or panel proposal to the Academic Forum Scientific Organising Committee for consideration. A maximum of one submission per person was considered. In the case of co-authored papers, authors could be included on more than one paper, but authors were not to be permitted to present more than one paper. The deadline for submissions was 17 September 2021 and participants were to be notified of the outcome by 8 October 2021.

If you have any general queries relating to any scientific aspect of the symposium, please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Forum Co-chairs Dr. Chantal Hervieux (Chantal.Hervieux@smu.ca) and Maeve Curtin (Maeve.Curtin@sewfonline.com).

On behalf of our SEWF 2021 Co-host Common Good Solutions and our Academic Partners, Saint Mary’s University Centre for leadership Excellence, Glasgow Caledonian University, Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology and Euclid Network, we thank you for attending the SEWF Academic Forum in November 2021!