Research that impacts the real world

The ERA Chair in Social Innovation at Nova School of Business and Economics is a research center funded by the European Research Agency.

Our three pillars are:

  • Research – producing high level academic knowledge and applied knowledge;
  • Education – through formal and informal teaching;
  • Community Engagement – with the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab.


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  • Revisiting Design Thinking: Embracing a Critical Design Stance

    Revisiting Design Thinking: Embracing a Critical Design Stance

    Join us for an engaging session at our upcoming “Coffee & Thoughts” event, part of the Social Innovation SIG, on May 7th, 2024, at 10:00 AM CEST. This virtual gathering […]

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  • KPMG Final Showcase

    During an afternoon dedicated to innovation and collaboration, C3’s final exhibition will showcase the partial transformation of the KPMG Gallery at Nova SBE with fast prototyping. C3 is project that seeks […]

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  • João Brites: Energy of Will – Generating the Energy Field to Keep Going

    Join us for an inspirational talk and activation workshop with João Brites, the Spring 2024 Social Innovator-in-Residence invited by the ERA Chair in Social Innovation and the DESIS Lab at […]

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During the year we work on a diversity of projects. Explore some of them.


We have our own podcast ‘The Design Thinking Roundtable’.


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