Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt, born 1960 is Director of Social Research Centre at TU Dortmund University and Professor at the Faculty of Economics. He is an internationally renowned expert in the field of social innovation. He has consulted German as well as European policy-makers and has also presented his concept of social innovation in all parts of the world. In 2011 he was one of the organisers of the international conference “Challenge Social Innovation” in Vienna. He is member of the committee of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (Canada) and Affiliate of SIERC (Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre, Massey University, New Zealand); Expert of the German Federal Chancellor’s Dialog for the Future. From 2014 to 2017 he was Scientific Coordinator of the global research project SI-DRIVE, funded within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. Since 2016 he is member of the Expert group of the German Rector’s Conference “Innovation und Transfer” and the editorial board of the European Journal of Workplace Innovation. 2017 he was elected as Chairman of the European School of Social Innovation.

His main areas of research are: social innovation, work and organisation, social networks