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The appeal and need for the concept of social capital

February 5, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am UTC


Invited Speaker

Tristan Claridge

Principal Consultant Social Capital Research & Training

Certificate of attendance available

In this webinar Tristan will discuss whether the concept of social capital can be a transformative tool, or whether it reinforces the problems we hope it will address.

The term \”social capital\” was used sporadically through the 20th century but it was not until the 1990s that it rapidly started to spread across the social sciences, into the physical sciences and virtually every area of academic enquiry. It has been adopted outside of academia; in politics, business, and international development, to name a few.

The term \”social capital\” communicates something that is missing and clearly urgently needed, as evidenced by the enormous growth in popularity of the concept. Social capital emphasizes the importance of social factors that are typically undervalued or overlooked in modern society that is increasingly dominated by individualism, competition, and a focus on economic priorities. Tristan will discuss the need for a concept like social capital and how we can use it as a transformative tool.

About the presenter:

Tristan Claridge has been researching and applying social capital for over 20 years. Tristan is a geographer and environmental scientist with a passion for social processes and how social value is identified and communicated. Tristan has a deep and grounded understanding of social capital and its application, having worked on the concept from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. He draws on lessons of economics, sociology, political science, psychology, urban planning, and any other discipline that contributes understanding to the concept. In addition to his practical work with the concept, Tristan has been an active contributor to the academic debate about social capital. He is the convenor of the Social Capital Research group which has over 1000 members from over 140 countries. He has written over 200 open access articles on social capital and related topics and is actively engaged in ongoing research.

About Our Webinar Series

This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Are you researching social capital and want to present your research? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.


February 5, 2021
6:00 am - 7:30 am UTC



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