Centre of expertise
in social innovation

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At the beginning of 2024, the University of Lausanne established a centre of expertise in social innovation (pôle d’expertise”) as part of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

Its mission is to promote a culture of innovation for the common good, at UNIL and across French-speaking Switzerland. 

« With this centre of expertise, we want to help change mindsets. Show that a profound and sustainable social transformation is possible. Provide the tools and strategies to achieve this, while strengthening interdisciplinarity within UNIL. »

Emilie Romon Carnegie – Head of Social Innovation at UNIL’s HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

What kind of world do U want for tomorrow ? - UCreate

Innovating for the common good : What are we talking about ?  

Encyclopedia Britannica defines the common good as « that which benefits society as a whole, in contrast to the private good of individuals and sections of society ».

In this way, the centre of expertise seeks to promote innovation that benefits society as a whole.  

To use a more contemporary reference, that of economist Kate Raworth’s Doughnut model, we work on innovation that consolidates the social foundation while respecting planetary boundaries. For a definition of social innovation, see the « Definitions and key concepts » page. 

The objectives of the centre of expertise in social innovation


Promote the scale and impact of social innovation in French-speaking Switzerland 


Offer a rich, interdisciplinary range of university courses in social innovation


Support the development of social innovation projects from the UNIL community and French-speaking Switzerland through the UCreate program