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Date: 5 th8 th December 2022
Strathmore University & East Africa Philanthropy Network, Kenya

Conference and Seminar Inquiries /Submissions: ruc-conference@strathmore.edu

Most social enterprises focus on solving societal problems, which are not addressed by traditional market forces. More specifically, they strive to build revenue models around providing solutions for such problems to create and scale social impact. Further in their growth path to achieve business sustainability and to enhance their impact by customers served and jobs created, many social enterprises grow from experimenting with multiple revenue models which are then standardized and scaled.

Thus, depending upon the stage of the social enterprise, there is an enormous need for different kinds of interventions. These interventions play a central role when it comes to market development, job creation, and supply of essential goods and services.

The PhD Seminar aims to improve the research work of current PhD students and broaden their perspectives by giving them the opportunity to discuss their research ideas and results in a supportive environment. The key themes for PhD Seminar include supportive ecosystems, participatory urban governance, management  structures of SEs and NPOs, and their resilience/sustainability.

Some of the seminar topics (but not limited to) are building resilience during PhD work, incorporating diverse points of view in your research, types of research approaches and designs, managing the relationships with supervisors /receiving feedback and publication of high-quality academic articles. More information on PhD Seminar Eligibility can be found here.

ECRs generally face far greater difficulty with research work and publications with often inadequate understanding of the publishing models including (and not limited to) open access journals. The ECR Seminar will empower ECRs to build ideas around creating research teams, establish the collaborations and networks necessary for professional growth, establish themselves as independent researchers leading unique and innovative scientific programmes within diverse domains.

For this seminar, ECRs are expected to have some initial but limited postdoctoral experience, for example demonstrate an opportunity for growth in leading their own groups. They are expected however, to have started making important contributions to research. More information on ECR Seminar Eligibility can be found here.

The culmination of the three days shall be one-day Conference designed to showcase the research results currently undertaken as part of a collaborative African-German project. The programme focuses on social enterprises (SEs) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) as subsidiary social service providers and vehicles for participation and integration in African mega cities that contribute to the resilience of urban communities. More information on RUC conference can be found here .


Proposed Programme for the Conference and Seminars: Conference Deadlines:


Monday, 5th December 2022 (RUC Consortium Meeting and Visit to Social Enterprises) Call for Papers: 2nd May 2022


Tuesday, 6th December 2022: (Whole Day) PhD and ECR Seminars Submission of Abstracts Deadline: Extended Deadline: 23 rd September 2022
Wednesday, 7th December 2022: (Morning) PhD and ECR Seminars Acceptance of the Abstracts Deadline : 3 rd October 2022
Wednesday, 7th December 2022: (Afternoon) Peer Mentor Sessions and Visit to Nairobi National Park Acceptance of Presentation Videos Deadline: 17 th October 2022
Thursday, 8th December 2022: (Whole Day) Resilient Urban Cities Conference RUC Conference and Seminars: 6th to 8th December 2022
PhD / ECR Seminar Co-ordinators: PhD / ECR Seminar Partners:
Prof. Ismail Ateya, Strathmore University (SU), Nairobi. Dr. Nicole Baron, Bauhaus Universität Weimar
Prof. Bhekinkosi Moyo, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg Prof. Dr. Nicola Göler von Ravensburg, Frankfurt University of Applied Science (UAS)
Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Münster Dr. Alex Bignotti, University of Pretoria
  Dr. Ali Awni, The American University in Cairo (AUC)
  East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), Kenya
  International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)