Social TSOs as Spaces for participation between activation, marketisation and creation

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About this event

Time: All day
Event Name Social TSOs as Spaces for participation between activation, marketisation and creation
Start Date Jun 13, 2019 12:00 pm
End Date Jun 13, 2019 1:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Interested guests are always welcome, from within or outside of the university! No registration is needed if you are internal, please just join us. If you are external to the University, please just send us an email to let us know you will be joining us, and we will inform our reception desk to expect you. Contact and further information: Research Manager for the School of Business, email:

This week's seminar presentation will be given by Dr Maria Anastasiadis, Associate Professor at the University of Graz. To give you a taste of the session, a brief abstract can be found below:

At a time of growing risks of social exclusion (e.g. rising unemployment and poverty) and strained social policy, budgets Social TSOs are currently facing contradictions. The concentration on users´ activation (Stelzer-Orthofer 2008), marketisation (Diebäcker et al. 2009) and decentralisation (Dahme & Wohlfahrt 2010) goes hand in hand with more responsibility for them to solve growing societal problems. At the same time, restrictive public authority’s demands limit their ability to create and deliver quality services for their users (Anastasiadis 2017). Against this background, it is important to investigate if, and how, professionals as lifeworld-oriented stakeholders continue to be able to participate in strategical-policy processes on regional level, where decisions on the service provisions are made.  To arrive at this goal the first section of the paper proposes an analytical framework, which was developed to analyse phenomena of participation in Social TSOs (Anastasiadis 2019). This model is based on elements of the structuration theory (Giddens 1997) as well as on the axial coding scheme of the grounded theory (Strauss & Corbin 1996).

Though the event finishes at 1pm, there will be an informal discussion continues until 2pm for those who wish to stay.