Scientific publications

SIMRA journal papers

Dalla Torre, C., Gramm, V. & Ravazzoli, E. (2019). L’agricoltura sociale in Alto Adige: un esempio di innovazione sociale nelle aree montane italiane. In P. Lattarulo, A. Omizzolo, F. Palermo, C. Rossignoli & T. Streifeneder (a cura di), Le regioni d’Europa tra identità locali, nuove comunità e disparità territoriali. Franco Angeli.

Egartner, S. Niedermayr, J., Pfusterschmid, S., Wagner, K. 2017. “Spectrum of Social innovation Activities in Austria”, Poster, Book of Abstracts, p58f, 15th European Rural Development Network Conference, Eisenstadt, Austria. 04/10/2017

Górriz-Mifsud E, Burns M, Marini Govigli V. 2019. Civil society engaged in wildfires: Mediterranean forest fire volunteer groupings. Forest Policy and Economics 102:119-129.

Gramm, V., Dalla Torre, C. & Membretti, A. (2020). Farms in Progress-Providing Childcare Services as a Means of Empowering Women Farmers in South Tyrol, Italy. Sustainability, 12(2), 467

Harnmeijer, J., Toke, D. and Slee, B. (2018) ‘Community renewables in the UK – a clash of cultures?’, Int. J. Technology Intelligence and Planning, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp.99–120.

Hewitt, R., de Boer, C., Flacke, J. 2020. Participatory development of digital support tools for local-scale energy transitions: Lessons from two European case studies. Global Transitions 2: 138-149.

Hewitt R.J., Bradley N., Compagnucci A.B., Barlagne C., Ceglarz A., Cremades R., McKeen M., Otto I.M., Slee B. 2019. Social innovation in community energy in Europe: a review of the evidence, accepted Frontiers in Energy Research, section Energy Systems and Policy.

Kluvánková T, Brnkalakova S, Špaček M, Slee B, Nijnik M, Valero D, Miller D, Bryce R, Szabo T, Kozova M, Polman N, Szabo T, Gezik V, 2018. Understanding social innovation for the well-being of forest-dependent communities: A preliminary theoretical framework. Forest Policy and Economics Volume 97, Pages 163-174

Kluvánková T., Gežík V., Špaček M., Brnkaľáková S., Kozová M. (2017) Transdisciplinary Understanding of Social Innovation In Marginalized Rural Areas. In Terra Spectra STU Spatial Planning Central European Journal of Spatial and Landscape Planning STU, Vol. IX., No. 1

Kluvankova T, Nijnik M, Spacek M, Sarkki S, Lukesch R, Perlik M, Melnykovych M, Valero D, Brnkalakova S, 2021. Social innovation for sustainability transformation and its diverging development paths in marginalised rural areas. Sociologia Ruralis DOI:10.1111/soru.12337 doi/10.1111/soru.12337

Ludvig A, Weiss G, Sarkki S, Nijnik M, Zivojinovic I, 2018. Mapping European and forest related policies supporting social innovation for rural settings. Forest Policy and Economics Volume 97, Pages 146-152

Ludvig A, Wilding M, Thorogood A, Weiss G, 2018. Social innovation in the Welsh Woodlands: Community based forestry as collective third-sector engagement. Volume 95, Pages 18-25

Lukesch, R. (2018). Leader Reloaded. Keynote paper presented at Leader Reloaded, the ELARD conference on the heartbeat of the LEADER community on 26 September 2018 in Evora, Portugal.

Melnykovych M, Nijnik M, Soloviy I, Nijnik A, Sarkki S, Bihun Y, 2018. Social-ecological innovation in remote mountain areas: adaptive responses of forest-dependent communities to the challenges of a changing world. Science of the Total Environment 613–614: 894–906

Metzger M, Dick J, Gardner A, Bellamy C, Blackstock K, Brown C, Chisholm R, Cochrane P, Drewitt J, Gimona A, Hester A, Mathieson S, Nijnik M, McVittie A, Petr M, Smith R, Smith M, 2019. Knowledge sharing, problem solving and professional development in a Scottish Ecosystem Services Community of Practice. Regional Environmental Change, Volume 19, Issue 8: 2275–2286

Nijnik M, Kluvankova T, Nijnik A, Kopiy S, Melnykovych M, Sarkki S, Barlagne C, Brnkalakova S, Kopiy L, Fizyk I, Miller D, 2020. Is there a scope for social innovation in Ukrainian forestry, Sustainability 12, 9674

Nijnik A, Nijnik M, Kopiy S, Zahvoyska L, Sarkki S, Kopiy L, Miller D, 2017. Identifying and understanding attitudinal diversity on multi-functional changes in Ukrainian Carpathians, Climate Research 73: 45-46. doi: 10.3354/cr01448

Nijnik M, Miller D (2017) Valuation of ecosystem services: paradox or Pandora’s box for decisionmakers? One Ecosystem 2: e14808.

Nijnik M, Nijnik A, Sarkki S, Muñoz-Rojas J, Miller D, Kopiy S, 2018. Is forest related decision-making in European treeline areas socially innovative? A Q-methodology enquiry into the perspectives of international experts. Forest Policy and Economics Volume 92, Pages 210-219

Nijnik M, Sarkki S, 2019. Social innovation for revitalising forest-dependent communities. Chartered Forester Winter 2018/2019, pp 18-19

Nijnik M., Secco L., Miller D., Melnykovych M., 2019. Can social innovation make a change in forest-dependent communities? Forest Policy and Economics, 100, Pages 207-213.

Perlik, M. (2018) : Moins de rhétorique régionaliste, plus de diversité. L’urbanisation des Alpes dans l’intérêt de sociétés cohésives / Less Regional Rhetoric, More Diversity. Urbanised Alps in the Interest of Cohesive Societies. Journal of Alpine Research / Revue de géographie alpine 106(2). DOI: 10.4000/rga.4559

Perlik, M./Membretti, A. (2018): Migration by Necessity and by Force to Mountain Areas: an Opportunity for Social Innovation. Mountain Research and Development 38(3): 250-264.

Ravazzoli E., Dalla Torre C. and Streifeneder T. (2019), «Transforming the Role of Women Farmers and of Refugees: Two Italian Experiences of Social Innovation in Mountain Areas , Journal of Alpine Research | Revue de géographie alpine [Online], 107-2. Online since 26 September 2019, connection on 30 September 2019. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/rga.5988

Ravazzoli E, Dalla Torre C, Da Re R, Marini Govigli V, Secco L, Górriz-Mifsud E, Pisani E, Barlagne C, Baselice A, Bengoumi M, Dijkshoorn-Dekker M, Labidi A, Lopolito A, Melnykovych M, Perlik M, Polman N, Sarkki S, Vassilopoulos A, Koundouri P, Miller D, Streifeneder T, Nijnik M. Can social innovation make changes in European and Mediterranean marginalized areas? An impact assessment in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development. Sustainability 021, 13, 1823.

Ravazzoli E., Valero D.E. (2020) Social Innovation: An Instrument to Achieve the Sustainable Development of Communities. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Sustainable Cities and Communities. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

Rogelja T, Ludvig A, Weiss G, Secco L., 2018. Implications of policy framework conditions for the development of forestry-based social innovation initiatives in Slovenia. Forest Policy and Economics Volume 95, 2018, Pages 147-155.

Sarkki S, Dalla Torre C, Fransala J, Zivojinovic I, Ludvig A, Górriz-Mifsud E, Melnykovych M, Sfeir P R, Arbia L, Bengoumi M, Chorti H, Gramm V, López Marco L, Ravazzoli E, Nijnik M, 2021. Reconstructive Social Innovation Cycles in Women-Led Initiatives in Rural Areas Sustainability 13, 1231

Sarkki S, Ficko A, Miller D, Barlagne C, Melnykovych M, Jokinen M, Soloviy I, Nijnik M, 2019. Human values as catalysts and consequences of social innovations Forest  Policy and Economics Volume 104: 33-44

Sarkki S, Ficko A, Grunewald K, Kyriazopoulos A, Nijnik M, 2016. How pragmatism in environmental science and policy can undermine sustainability transformations: the case of marginalized mountain areas under climate and land use change. Sustainability Science 12 (4): 549-561. doi:10.1007/s11625-016-0411-3

Sarkki S, Jokinen M, Nijnik M, Zahvoyska L, Abraham E, Alados C, Bellamy C, Bratanova-Dontcheva S, Grunewald K, Kollar J, Krajčí J, Kyriazopoulos A. P, La Porta N, Monteiro A. T, Munoz-Rojas J, Parpan T, Sing L, Smith M, Sutinen M-L, Tolvanen A, Zhyla T, 2017. Social equity in governance of ecosystem services: Synthesis from European treeline areas. Climate Research 73: 31-44, doi: 10.3354/cr01441

Sarkki, S.; Parpan, T.; Melnykovych, M.; Zahvoyska, L.; Voloshyna, N.; Derbal, J.; Nijnik, M. 2019. Beyond participation! Social-ecological innovations facilitating movement from technocratic state to collaborative landscape governance in Ukraine. Landscape Ecology Volume 34: 1601-1618, doi: 10.1007/s10980-019-00787-x

Secco L, Pisani E, Da Re R, Rogelja T, Burlando C, Pettenella D,  Masiero M, Miller D, Nijnik M, 2019. Towards developing a method to evaluate social innovation in forest-dependent communities: a science-stakeholders collaboration, Forest Policy and Economics Volume 104: 9-22

Slee, B. 2020. Social innovation in community energy in Scotland: Institutional form and sustainability outcomes. Global Transitions 2: 157-166.

Valero, D., López Marco, L. (2019) Interdisciplinariedad en la innovación social frente a la despoblación rural. Economía Agraria y Recursos Naturales [S.l.], v. 19, n. 1, p. 17-36, junio 2019. ISSN 2174-7350. Disponible en web:

van Kooten G.C, Nijnik M, Bradford K, 2018. Can carbon accounting promote economic development in forest-dependent, indigenous communities? Forest Policy and Economics Volume 100, Pages 68-74

Vercher, N., Barlagne, C., Hewitt, R., Nijnik, M., Esparcia, J. 2021. “Whose Narrative is it Anyway? Narratives of Social Innovation in Rural Areas – A Comparative Analysis of Community-Led Initiatives in Scotland and Spain.” Sociologia Ruralis, January, Volume 61, Issue 1: 163-189

Wilkes-Allemann J., Ludvig, A. (2019): “The role of social innovation in negotiations about recreational infrastructure in forests – A mountain-bike case study in Switzerland”, Forest Policy and Economics 97

SIMRA Books of proceedings

Albert Nijnik, Serhiy Kopiy, Maria Nijnik, Lyudmyla Zahvoyska, Leonid Kopiy, 2018. What are the attitudes of local stakeholders towards multifunctional changes in woodlands of the Ukrainian Carpathians? Book of abstracts 15-18 October 2018. Eger, Hungary, pp 80-82

Ihor Soloviy, Astrid Björnsen Gurung, Mariana Melnykovych, Richard J. Hewitt, Lyudmyla Maksymiv, Yurij Bihun, 2018. Stakeholders’ attitudes towards green energy innovations as a prerequisite to successful implementation: international experience and lessons learned in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Forum Carpaticum 2018. Book of abstracts 15-18 October 2018. Eger, Hungary, pp 64-66.

Maria Nijnik, Carla Barlagne, David Miller, Margaret McKeen, Richard Hewitt. Enhancing the resilience of European mountain regions through social innovation. Regional development conference, Lviv, Ukraine, 25 May 2017, Book of Proceedings, pp 34-41.

Maria Nijnik, David Miller, Carla Barlagne, Richard Hewitt, Mariana Melnykovych, Margaret McKeen, Ihor Soloviy, Lidiya Hryniv, Joshua Msika, 2018. Analysing the role of social innovation in addressing sustainability goals in the Scottish uplands and Ukrainian Carpathians. Forum Carpaticum 2018. Book of abstracts 15-18 October 2018. Eger, Hungary, pp 76-78.

Melnykovych M, Nijnik M, Nijnik A, Soloviy I, 2016. Forest ecosystem services and the well-being of communities: a case of non-wood forest products in remote areas of the highlands in Scotland and the Ukrainian Carpathians. Proceedings of the 4th Forum Carpaticum: Future of the Carpathians: Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive, Bucharest, Romania, 28 – 30 September, pp 15-17.

Niedermayr, J., Egartner, S., Wagner, K. (2018): “Reconfiguring consumer and producer relationships – a case study of Community-supported Agriculture in the H2020 project SIMRA”. Poster presented at the 7th AIEAA Conference Evidence-based Policies to Face New Challenges for Agri-Food Systems, 14-15 June 2018, Conegliano, Italy.

Nijnik M, Melnykovych M, 2016. Exploring challenges to sustainability in the provision of ecosystems services by upland forests in Scotland and Ukraine. In Sekot W, Toscani P, Ungerböck E. (eds.): International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) Proceedings: Advances and Challenges in Managerial Economics and Accounting. Pp.: 85-86

Nijnik M, Miller D, Price M, Sarkki S, Bryce R, Valero D, Barlagne C, Melnykovych M, 2018. A role of social innovation in linking ecological sustainability with rural development objectives in marginalised mountain areas. International Conference on Natural assets use in regional settings. University of Lviv, 5-7 October, 2018.

Tatiana Kluvankova, Martin Spacek, Stanislava Brnkalakova, Maria Ninjik, David Miller, Diana Valero, Rosalind Bryce, Veronika Gezik, 2018. Understanding social innovation for the well-being of rural communities: a preliminary theoretical framework Forum Carpaticum 2018. Book of abstracts 15-18 October 2018. Eger, Hungary, pp 78-80.

SIMRA Book chapters

Pisani, E., Franceschetti, G., Secco, L., Christoforou, A. (2017) “Social Capital and Local Development. From Theory to Empirics”, Palgrave Macmillan Springer Nature (eBook ISBN 978-3-319-54277-5; DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-54277-5; Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-54276-8). Pages 522.

  • Secco, L., Burlando, C. (2017). Social Capital, Network Governance and Social Innovation: Towards a New Paradigm? In: Pisani, E., Franceschetti, G., Secco, L., And Christoforou, A. (eds) (2017). Social Capital and Local Development: From Theory to Empirics. Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland: 83-108.
  • o   Secco, L., Pisani, E., Burlando, C., Christoforou, A. (2017). What future for LEADER as a Catalyst of Social Innovation? In: Pisani, E., Franceschetti, G., Secco, L., And Christoforou, A. (eds) (2017). Social Capital and Local Development: From Theory to Empirics. Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland: 417-438.

Secco, L., Pisani, E., Masiero, M., Pettenella, D., 2019. /Social and Technological Innovations in Forestry / (Chapter 18) in: Farcy, C., Rojas-Briales, E., Martinez de Arano, I., (eds.) (2019) /Forestry in the midst of global changes. /CRC press – Taylor & Francis Group, UK: 317-346

Wood and Baker K. eds A critical review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy, Palgrave Macmillan. Ch 3 with J Harnmeijer Community renewables balancing optimism with reality. Ch 8 with A Berka and J Harnmeijer, Crossing the Rubicon: the 2015 Renewable Electricity reforms and Implications for Scotland.

Perlik, M. (2018): Innovations sociales en montagne: au-delà de l’ingénierie sociale, une véritable force transformatrice? In: Fourny, M.-C.: Montagnes en mouvements. Dynamiques territoriales et innovation sociale: 189-210. Grenoble: PUG.

Book chapter on social innovations in rural areas (deadline March 2019) in a book titled EU Bioeconomy Economics and Policies. It is a book that will be edited by colleagues from Wageningen University (Palgrave)

Sessions during scientific conferences

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, Session “Ecosystem services and the well-being of forest-dependent communities: enhancing social innovation and building resilience to global changes in remote rural areas”, Freiburg (Germany), 17/09/2017

7th AIEAA Conference Evidence-Based Policies To Face New Challenges For Agri-Food Systems – Special Session on SIMRA “Social innovation in marginalized rural areas” Proposed by Laura Secco, Elena Pisani, David Miller and Maria Ninjik, Conegliano (Italy), 14/06/2018

2018 ISIRC conference. Session organized by Manfred and Carla, Heidelberg (Germany), 04/09/2018

AISRE – Italian Association of Regional Science Conference 2018. Session “Social Innovation in mountain areas: comparing Italian examples” organised by EURAC and UNIPD, Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), 19/09/2018

Slovak Economic Association Meeting. IFE SAS in cooperation with CETIP Network and Open Academy of SAS organized the special session “From Tragedy to Survival: The Journey of Polycentric Governance”, Bratislava (Slovakia), 21/09/2019

Forum Carpaticum 2018 – S4C Science for the Carpathians. IFE SAS and RDC organised a special session “Rural development, social innovation and adaptive responses of disadvantaged communities in mountain areas to local, regional and global challenges”, Eger (Hungary), 15/10/2018

ISIRC 2019. Social Innovation in Energy Transitions. Sujeetha Selvakkumaran, Richard Hewitt, Carla Barlagne. Glasgow (UK), 09/2019

ISIRC 2019. Design thinking for social innovation: learning from the 7 Innovation Actions of the SIMRA project. Panel proposal by Carla Barlagne, Valentino Govigli and Mariana Melnykovych, Glasgow (UK), September 2019