Research CSI

The CSI`s main research topics are:

  • social investment and measuring the social impact of investments on welfare
  • Foundation system, foundation strategies, strategies with a grat leverage effect
  • Civil society and social economy
  • Nonprofit leadership und social entrepreneurship
  • Governance in the Third Sector

We conduct national, international and comparative research projects with special emphasis on the European level.

With its research program the CSI contributes to:

  • the basic theoretical understanding
  • practice-oriented knowledge in the welfare-oriented sector
  • political and strategic debates

In this way, we seek to bring the issue of social investments into scientific debates and disciplines from an interdisciplinary perspective. The main disciplines - we focus on - are social and educational science, economy, law as well as ethics and theology.

Recommended reading


Social innovation : Comparative perspectives (Routledge studies in social enterprise & social innovation)
Anheier, Helmut K.
Krlev, Gorgi
Mildenberger, Georg

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2019



Neue Technologien und soziale Innovationen
Europäische Forschungsstudie über öffentliche und private Initiativen
Blessing, Victoria; Mortimer, Sarah;
Bongertz, Ute; Mildenberger, Georg;
Loeffler, Jonathan

Steinbeis-Edition 2018

Below you will find further information on research projects.