Is Social Innovation able to challenge gender inequalities? The article I published for the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship tries to give a first preliminary answer to the question. The article is entitled “Does Social Innovation Reduce the Economic Marginalization of Women? Insights from the Case of Italian Solidarity Purchasing Groups”.

The case of Solidarity Purchasing Groups is a well-known example of social innovation in the domain of agriculture and food. Despite being extensively studied under the political consumerism perspective, scholars have been less prone to analyze their effect on the beneficiaries of their actions, as the family farmers and social cooperatives that sell product to groups. In particular, the article focuses on the effect of social innovation activities on women, to assess if there are specific advantages for them from the participation to alternative food networks. Results confirm that suppliers of solidarity purchasing groups are less exposed to a worsening of their economic condition, but there is no specific difference in this benefit for men and women.

A free copy of the article is accessible here. Empirical results stems from a data collection conducted in 2016 under the frame of the EU Funded Project CrESSI coordinated by the University of Oxford. Primary data include about 3.000 respondents among family farmers and social cooperatives in Italy.