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 - which is still ongoing and has resulted in a forthcoming book - developed 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 (