Swiss mountain regions are under pressure: Economic growth is increasingly being questioned in the face of a wide range of challenges. This research project analyzes the role of social innovation in connection with growth issues in the Bernese Oberland. Social innovations are new approaches to solving social and economic challenges that involve new forms of cooperation (e.g. employee sharing in tourism, new forms of basic services, public-private cooperation in the renovation of second homes). We focus on tourism, the construction industry and the health care sector.
Contributions to conference in Dublin
The research team presented their latest results at the Global Conference on Economic Geography in Dublin (7-10 June). The majority of the team travelled by train and ferry to minimise the impact on the climate.
Samuel Wirth presented results on the process of social innovations in tourism and their success factors, especially in the crucial phase when social innovations can expand regionally.
Andrea Winiger presented her results on strategies of growth-independent enterprises in the Bernese Oberland.
Pascal Tschumi presented results from his study on how social innovations can influence regulations in the health sector.
Many interested people attended the presentation and participated in the subsequent discussions.
The slides of all PowerPoint presentations are accessible here.