In recent decades, governments have promoted social enterprise as a means to address welfare and tackle disadvantage. Early academic work on social enterprises reflected this development and engaged with their ability to deliver and create jobs, work towards remedial environmental goals, and address a range of societal challenges. More recently, researchers have started to investigate the broader potential of social enterprise for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

In this context, this book aims to answer the question: In what ways can social enterprises improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities? The chapters in this edited collection take different perspectives on assessing how social enterprises address disadvantage and deliver health and wellbeing impacts. Drawing on evidence from international research studies, Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing: Theory, Methods, and Practice presents the ‘first wave’ of innovative research on this topic and provides a platform of evidence to inspire the next generation of scholarly and policy interest.

Drawing on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research in the field, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics, policymakers, and students in the fields of entrepreneurship, public and social policy, community development, public health, human geography, and urban planning.

chapter 1|23 pages

Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing

A Timely Topic for Uncertain Times?
ByMichael J. Roy, Jane Farmer, James M. Mandiberg

section Section 1|80 pages

Applying Theory for Insights

chapter 2|22 pages

Social Enterprises as Spaces of Wellbeing

A Spatial and Relational Exploration of Where and How Wellbeing Realises
ByTracy De Cotta, Jane Farmer, Peter Kamstra, Viktoria Adler, Chris Brennan-Horley, Sarah-Anne Munoz

chapter 4|18 pages

Community Wellbeing and Social Enterprise

Place, Visibility, and Social Capital
BySue Kilpatrick, Sherridan Emery

chapter 5|20 pages

Community Economies of Wellbeing

How Social Enterprises Contribute to ‘Surviving Well Together’
ByKatharine McKinnon, Melissa Kennedy

section Section 2|83 pages

Extending Methodological Frontiers

chapter 6|22 pages

Spatialising Wellbeing Through Social Enterprise

Approaches, Representations, and Processes
ByChris Brennan-Horley, Tracy De Cotta, Peter Kamstra, Viktoria Adler

chapter 7|16 pages

WISE Working Conditions Matter for Health and Wellbeing

ByAurora Elmes

chapter 8|25 pages

Designing Work Integration Social Enterprises That Impact the Health and Wellbeing of People Living With Serious Mental Illnesses

An Intervention Mapping Approach
ByTerry Krupa, Rosemary Lysaght, Michael J. Roy

chapter 9|18 pages

‘They See People in Need and Want to Help’

Social Enterprise and Wellbeing in Rural Communities
BySarah-Anne Munoz

section Section 3|102 pages

New Insights for Practice

chapter 10|19 pages

How Do Social Enterprises Impact Upon Health and Wellbeing? Some Lessons From CommonHealth

ByGillian Murray, Michael J. Roy, Rachel Baker, Cam Donaldson

chapter 11|20 pages

How Do Social Enterprises Influence Health Equities? A Comparative Case Analysis

ByJo Barraket, Batool Moussa, Perri Campbell, Roksolana Suchowerska

chapter 12|19 pages

Working With Care

Work Integration Social Enterprise Practitioner Labour
ByPerri Campbell, Viktoria Adler, Jane Farmer, Jo Barraket, Roksolana Suchowerska, Joanne McNeill

chapter 13|19 pages

Meeting People Where They're at

Building an Inclusive Workplace for Disabled People
ByJillian Scott, Robert Wilton

chapter 14|23 pages

Beyond the State of the Art

Where Do We Go Next on the Topic of Social Enterprise, Health, and Wellbeing?
ByMichael J. Roy, Jane Farmer