This CURA—Social Business and Marginalized Social Groups—is a joint research of the Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op), the Centre for Social Innovation, and the Toronto Enterprise Fund, and made up of a network of researchers and community partners, primarily from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The research builds upon a research alliance created under SSHRC’s Social Economy Suite (ending in December 2011) that is managed through the Social Economy Centre and funds about 35 projects. That grant is on the many manifestations of the social economy (Quarter, Mook, &
The Detailed Description (attached) is organized as follows: a) a conceptualization of social business; b) an analysis of poverty and social marginalization with a focus on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); c) the proposed research program in four stages – formation, case studies, survey, and knowledge mobilization; d) the contribution of the proposed research to knowledge mobilization.
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