Social innovation in regional planning, rethinking concepts, strategies and instruments is a research program that aims to provide further insights in the current transitions in regional planning practices, focusing on the shifting relations between governments and citizens.
Contemporary regional planning practices can be described as deliberative processes in which many public and private parties are involved. Within these practices new forms of cooperation and governance are developed and explored. Social innovation refers to the practices in which actors share ambitions, knowledge and resources in order to develop innovative ideas for future development of the region. Important issues are identity, democracy, the science-policy nexus, population decline, and liveability. This program is a cooperation of different groups of Wageningen University, The Dutch Cadastre and a growing number of other partners.