Rita AfonsoFederal University of Rio de Janeiro | UFRJ · Departamento de Administração
Doctor of Engineering
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Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, faculty of Business Administration. Aassociated researcher at Technology and Social Development Laboratory and at DESIS Lab - Design For Social Innovation and Sustainability at COPPE.
How to encourage university-community engagement with local communities and disadvantaged groups? This is one of the main questions of the project LASIN – Latin American Social Innovation Network. Specifically, one of the main activities of LASIN is to design and run what are called SISU – Social Innovation Support Units, i.e., units dedicated to s...
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss the characteristics of creative economies in favelas and their potential in terms of social development from a comparison between the theory on creative economy and the characteristics of the initiatives mapped in the Mangueira favelas. Design/methodology/approach The research was based on qualitativ...
Social innovation is gaining attention for its potential for system transformations. It is often initiated by grassroots collectives, which can become successful through support from other actors and through certain game-changing events or developments. We highlight how transformative social innovation is a highly dispersed, coproduced process of c...
Neoliberalism is a powerful narrative that has shaped processes of urban economic development across the globe. This paper reports on four nascent ‘new economic’ narratives which represent fundamentally different imaginaries of the urban economy. Experiments informed by these narratives challenge the dominant neoliberal logic in four key dimensions...
Social innovation is increasingly believed to have a great potential for addressing persistent societal challenges such as sustainability, social inclusion, democratization and deprivation. We understand transformative social innovation (TSI) as social innovation that is aimed to challenge, alter, replace or provide alternatives to dominant institu...
DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) is a network of design labs, based in design schools and design-oriented universities, actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change. The higher ambition of DESIS Network is to generate an Open Design Program able to give different projects visibility, to facilitate their al...
This article challenges the longstanding trend of much empirical material on ethical consumption originating from the global North, offering instead rich data on ethical consumption and practices in Chile and Brazil. Drawing on data generated from 32 in-depth focus groups (179 participants in total) in both countries, the article identifies similar...
Este capítulo articula uma relação entre o Investimento social privado e o Design para inovação social e sustentabilidade como possível abordagem para que empresas colaborem com casos de inovação social em favelas. Para tanto, desenvolve uma composição teórica com os conceitos de Responsabilidade Social - RS, Investimento Social Privado - ISP, Aglo...
The article presents the results of a study of tax inspectors from Brazil’s Receita Federal (tax administration). It draws on contributions made by Dejours (1980) and Gaulejac (2005b) on the alignment of public administration and management. It highlights the inspectors’ dissatisfaction and suffering in relation to the changes implemented by the de...
Este artigo - recorte de uma pesquisa mais ampla denominada Choices Project: Leveraging Buying Power for Development ”“ Ethical Consumption and Sustainable Procurement in Chile and Brazil - tem por objetivo “iluminar” alguns “aparentes paradoxos” encontrados nos discursos de entrevistados brasileiros em uma pesquisa qualitativa e analisar contradiç...
The ESRC-DFID Choices project explored how the buying power of the individual and the state can be used as a lever for sustainable development. The project explored what Chileans and Brazilian understand by “ethical consumption” and what criteria they want their state to use when making buying decisions in their name. An interdisciplinary academic team based in 3 countries (UK, Chile, Brazil) collaborated with 3 campaign NGOs (one in each country). 16 focus groups and large-scale surveys in each country showed that while the term “ethical consumption” was not used, many Chileans and Brazilians claim to be using environmental and social criteria as well as price when making their individual shopping decisions. Further, there was strong support for the notion that the state should be using not just economic, but also social and environmental criteria when buying goods and services in the name of taxpayers. Criteria most endorsed in Chile were “energy efficiency”, “environmentally friendly (certified)” and “decent labour conditions (certified)”. In Brazil, the most endorsed criteria were “no animal cruelty”, “energy efficiency” and “environmentally friendly (certified)”). The project has been invited to support efforts at UN level to develop standards which will ensure that there can be fair competition for public tenders not just on price, but also on social and environmental criteria. More and more countries are using such criteria, creating a market shift towards sustainable development.
http://www.lasin-eu.org/ Funded by the European Commission, LASIN aims to implement a new model for University - Socioeconomic engagement, based on a combination of curricular and extra-curricular activities; learning materials and tools; practical training; mentoring; and the development of specific support units that are dedicated to strengthening the Universities’ links with the wider social environment. The project will result in a new paradigm for knowledge transfer within universities, supporting the concept of social innovation as key to social development and cohesion at both a regional and international level. The project involves a consortium of thirteen partners, including eleven universities, with Glasgow Caledonian University coordinating as the lead partner. The project’s activities will be based within four Latin American regions – Mercosur (based in Chile), Comunidad Andina (based in Colombia), Brazil and Central America (based in Panama). Over the course of three years, the partners will design a clear methodology and a series of curricular and extracurricular activities within the participating institutions in order to promote and support social innovation. Through specialised social innovation support units, the universities will develop sustainable initiatives and actions that will contribute to directly to social cohesion, equality and socioeconomic development in each region. As a result, the universities will be able to make a real contribution to their communities through the exploitation of tacit and codified knowledge, as well as their virtual and physical spaces, networks and experience. As such, although the project will directly involve the academic community, the staff and students of the universities involved, it aims to have a far greater reach - impacting upon the lives of individuals; the activities of community organisations; indigenous, youth and women’s groups; local authorities; NGOs; SMEs; and many others.
crear una plataforma que soporta el turismo comunitario en la region de Puno, Perú.