Social Innovation in Rural Areas

Online Course

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Social Innovation in Rural Areas

What is the course about?

Social Innovation in Rural Areas
The course Social Innovation in Rural Areas is an online class provided by University of Padova through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Explore applications of social innovation in rural areas and discover best practices for managing social innovation projects.

Course description
  • Use social innovation to improve conditions in disadvantaged rural areas
  • 3 weeks
  • On this course, you’ll learn what social innovation is, how it can best be supported and where innovation efforts should be concentrated. You’ll specifically focus on the challenges facing rural areas.
  • You’ll be introduced to a range of approaches for actioning social innovation initiatives as you explore the role of communities and society in innovation development.
  • Using global case-studies, you’ll analyse new approaches proposed by 26 partners involved in the EU H2020 research project, SIMRA. You’ll explore the findings of the project, led by the project partners themselves.
  • Develop critical understanding of the concept of social innovation and its influence on social, economic and environmental outcomes in rural areas
  • Identify diverse roles of communities and civil society in the development of social innovation initiatives
  • Improve awareness of the multiple applications of rural social innovation to support social well-being
  • Explore a range of tools and methods to better support social innovation
  • Develop competences for identifying, categorising and analysing cases of social innovation in Europe and non-European Mediterranean countries
  • Classify factors that affect the development of social innovation in rural areas
  • Assess social innovation through innovative techniques of evaluation
  • Compare the policy contexts for social innovation in rural areas and their role in stimulating or constraining its development
  • The course is designed for anyone interested in innovation in rural development.
  • This may include decision-makers, public, private and third sector development agents, evaluators, facilitators, technical advisors, researchers or students involved in social innovation projects in rural areas.
  • University of Padova
  • The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.
  • Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza
  • Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas.
  • SIMRA – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas
  • SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development, and how to boost them, particularly in marginalised rural areas across Europe.
  • EU (Horizon 2020 Project)
  • This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 677622.

Prerequisites & Facts

Social Innovation in Rural Areas

Course Topic

Nature & Environment, Politics & Society

University, College, Institution

University of Padova

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Social Innovation in Rural Areas

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Topic: Nature & Environment, Politics & Society