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Linking Universities and marginalised communities examines how South African universities engage with the informal sector in marginalised communities to improve livelihoods through inclusive innovation. The knowledge imperatives of universities are explored in relation to the public good and social justice, and the roles of innovation and technology transfer. Case studies provide examples of coherence between teaching, research, innovation and community engagement, and illustrate the enablers and constraints to such interaction. These insights find policy application in the spheres of higher education, science and technology, and economic development. The analysis also provides lessons for innovation studies, pointing out the need to refine the notion of innovation so that it may be more appropriate for the developmental challenges of countries such as South Africa.

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Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 144
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2500-8
Publish Year : June 2015
Rights : World Rights

List of figures
List of tables
Acronyms and abbreviations
Acknowledgements
The UNIID Africa Project
Introduction

1. Building on an Innovation for Inclusive Development agenda
   An emerging research literature
   Setting an IID research agenda
   Extending research on academic interaction
   Innovation. marginalisation and inclusive development
   University�industry�community interaction

2. A multiple-case-study methodology
   Identifying cases of interaction
   Case study design and fieldwork
   Interviews as the core methodology
   The case study analysis

3. The South African higher education context
   The contours of the higher education system
   Mapping patterns of interaction
   Contextualising the potential for innovation-oriented to inclusive development

4. Upgrading the capabilities of women in an informal clothing enterprise: the interaction between a
   university of technology and an NGO-led social enterprise
   A women�s sewing collective and social enterprise supported by structured interaction with a
   university of technology
   Overview of the engagement: a university�community strategic partnership focused on innovation and skills development
   The structure of interaction
   Organisational arrangements and interface structures
   Drivers of interaction
   Innovation
   Knowledge and skills
   Community participation
   Outcomes and benefits
   An alternative case: It�s new because we are the ones now manufacturing it
   Conclusion

5. Protecting the livelihoods of a marginalised fishing community through interaction with a research university
   Sustainable traditional artisanal fishing practices: a fragile livelihood supported by knowledge,research and social innovation
   Overview of the interaction: a dynamic long-term partnership
   The structure of interaction
   Organisational arrangements and interface structures
   Drivers of interaction
   Innovation
   Knowledge and skills
   Community participation
   Outcomes and benefits
   Conclusion

6. Re-introducing indigenous cattle breeds to improve rural livelihoods at a rural university
Pastoral livelihoods in rural South Africa: a critical resource for marginalised communities
Overview of the interaction: a long-term partnership to reclaim indigenous cattle breeds for rural farmers
   The structure of interaction
   Organisational arrangements and interface structures
   Drivers of interaction
   Innovation
   Knowledge and skills
   Community participation
   Outcomes and benefits
   A contrast case: misalignment with markets in a rural innovation hub
   Conclusion

7. Innovative solutions for sustainable urban settlements at a comprehensive university
   Action research into sustainable urban settlements: a participative response to a national priority and the needs of a local community
   Overview of the interaction
   The structure of interaction
   Interface structures
   Drivers of interaction
   Innovation
   Knowledge and skills
   Community participation
   Outcomes and benefits
   Conclusion

8. Enablers and constraints on innovation to enhance livelihoods in informal settings
   Two broad patterns of interaction
   Innovation by and for marginalised groups in informal settings
   Enablers and constraints

9. Conclusion: reflections on universities and innovation for inclusive development
   Critical questions about universities and innovation for inclusive development
   How do we encourage universities and their academics to extend their scholarship to the benefit of marginalised communities?
   Researching universities in innovation for inclusive development

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