Social Innovation Against the Crisis: How leadership practices and civic capacity improve neighborhood development

Social Innovation Against the Crisis (SOCRISIS) is a collaborative study with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) that explores the responses of New York City and Barcelona neighborhoods to the economic crisis.

The research project develops two case studies in each city to explain variation in neighborhood responses, focusing on:

  • The structural factors linked to the historical and geographical configuration of the neighborhoods (their social, political and economic context; their civic capacity; and path dependency in their governance networks) and, 
  • Leadership practices that make change possible through specific experiences of social innovation.


For more information on this research, please contact Professor Sonia Ospina (