A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship
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A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship

Edited by Anne de Bruin and Simon Teasdale

In the last two decades social entrepreneurship has grown in energy and impact as entrepreneurial spirit has increasingly turned to finding solutions for social, cultural and environmental issues. As social entrepreneurship has grown in popularity, so too has its academic study. A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship brings together contributions from developing paths in the field to signpost the directions ahead for the study of social entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 10: Social enterprises as rural development actors

Robyn Eversole and Mary Duniam


An emerging research agenda on social enterprises in rural areas suggests social enterprises can mobilise place-based resources creatively to fill gaps and generate social and economic outcomes. This chapter explores what we know about social enterprises as rural development actors and how they relate to other actors such as local councils. Recent research conducted in the island state of Tasmania, Australia has documented that that both social enterprises and local councils saw themselves as playing an important role in local community development. Nevertheless, their ways of working with rural communities were markedly different. Further, neither social enterprises or local councils had a strong understanding of social enterprise as a concept, and so tended to interact within traditional council – community roles. This chapter highlights the potential of social enterprises as rural development actors and raises larger questions about how local social enterprises work with other actors in and beyond rural communities.

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