Transforming governance to enhance social and educational innovation


  • Jacob Torfing Roskilde University
  • Jordi Diaz-Gibson Universidad Ramon Llull



governance, innovation, educational policy, social policy, transformational leadership


The recent proliferation of governance networks at all levels and in different policy areas has led to a growing number of studies focusing on interactive forms of governance. This paper aims to contribute to the development of governance research by looking at how collaboration in governance networks can help to spur social and educational innovation. The paper begins by defining the concept of governance networks and then provides a systematic overview of different theories that explain the current rise of governance networks. Next, it defines the concept of innovation and discusses how collaboration in networks can enhance innovation. Finally, it discusses how collaborative innovation can be initiated, facilitated and catalysed through new forms of leadership and management.

Author Biographies

Jacob Torfing, Roskilde University

Jacob Torfing is professor in politics and institutions at Roskilde University and director of the Roskilde School of Governance. He has chaired the Danish Political Science Association and served at the Executive Committtee of the European Consortium for Policitical Research (ECPR). He has published more tan 25 books and 200 articles.

Jordi Diaz-Gibson, Universidad Ramon Llull

Jordi Díaz-Gibson is an Associate Professor in Education in Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona (Spain). He develops his research in educational networks, networked leadership and collaborative ecosystems based on innovation. He is the coordinator of the NetEduProject.


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