Solving critical social issues by leveraging key research and direct action

The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School acts as a platform for research and engagement with social innovators, academia and policy in UK and across the world. Its primary focus is to understand, promote, and engage with social innovators and create and support social ventures and projects.

Social innovation is concerned with the development of creative and practical solutions to complex social problems. While many social innovators work in non-profit organisations, they are increasingly found in government and corporations. The boundaries between the sectors have broken down, and social innovation now takes place at the intersection. That’s why our Centre focuses on leadership for social change, wherever it takes place. This requires a different approach; we aim to have a positive impact on the kind of world that we live in, blurring the boundaries between what is for-profit and what is non-profit.

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Our people

The Centre team (Professor Paul Tracey, Professor Neil Stott, and Nicole Helwig) works closely with CJBS faculty, research fellows, and practitioner honorary fellows to develop cutting edge research, learning and support. Many other social innovators, volunteers and students also contribute to the work of the Centre.

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Our partners

Our partners span business, civil society, policy and academia. Our research and practice fellows collaborate with us on research and teaching. Through Cambridge Social Ventures, we are also firmly embedded in the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem and the social sector across the UK.

What we do

We build best practices across business, civil society, policy and academia for a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world, specifically:

We promote academic and industry leadership.

Explore the Centre’s research and learn more about our students’ research, both on social innovation topics.

We teach social innovation.

Learn and unlock potential through the Master of Studies in Social Innovation, a part-time programme delivered over two years, via online sessions and four residential weeks.

We develop programmes for socially-minded ventures.

Sign up to our Social Venture Weekend to explore your social impact idea or apply to our Social Venture Incubator to develop your venture.

We help others support their social venture ecosystems.

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Cambridge Social Innovation Prize

The Cambridge Social Innovation Prize, awarded by Trinity Hall and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation celebrates and supports extraordinary social innovators creating social impact through business across the UK.

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Upcoming events

Our events are tailored towards educating and enabling students or business owners to start a social venture with the possibility of generating real-world impact.

Join Mark Goodson for the third webinar in our Social Venturing Conversations series.

Join our webinar with Professor Neil Stott to find out how you can become the solution to world’s most pressing problems.

Join our webinar with Professor Neil Stott to find out how you can become the solution to world’s most pressing problems.

News and insights

Read the latest news and features from the Centre from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.

Marsh Farm Outreach helped regenerate an area of Luton, UK, by overcoming friction between local officials and grassroots organisers, says a case study from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Two papers co-authored by Cambridge Judge academics using social innovation approaches to solve defence issues will be presented at a military conference in the US this month. The first outlines suggested improvements to the United Nations (UN) deployment decision-making process, and the second addresses under participation of Asian American Pacific Islanders in the United States Air Force.

Company values reflect a business’s principles to staff, recruiters, clients and investors – shaping office culture and driving growth. In this special Insight article, we talk to 4 ventures which have received support from Cambridge Judge Business School about what company values mean to them.