Welcome from the Conference Chair:
Dr Annmarie Ryan 


On June 24th-27th 2020, the Kemmy Business School (KBS), Ireland’s only UN PRME-champion school at the University of Limerick, will host the 7th biennial International Symposium on Cross-Sector Social Interactions (CSSI 2020). The CSSI symposia is an important gathering of practitioners and academics who come to share best practice and to discuss future issues in the design and practice of cross-sector partnerships. It is a setting where policy makers, civil servants, CEOs, and academics can discuss the nature and role of partnering and multi- stakeholder initiatives to address key challenges in, for example, climate, energy, poverty urbanization, and sustainable development.

In “a world that yields slowly to change” (Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland), cross sector partnerships form an important site where actors from different sectors come into each other's world. Where differences and institutional logics can be confronted and overcome towards the the co-design novel solutions to complex social and environmental problems.


During the conference you will have the opportunity to imagine, interact, and share knowledge on cross sector organising, all in the splendid University of Limerick  campus and the historical riverside City of Limerick.

Dr Annmarie Ryan - Lecturer in Marketing & Chair of CSSI 2020

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Call For Papers *deadline extended to 13th December 2019*


The theme of CSSI 2020 will be “Putting Partnerships in their Place: Exploring the relationships between Practices, Policy and Place in Cross Sector Organising.” At the event, academics and practitioners will present and discuss new and innovative ideas for organizing and managing cross-sector collaboration. We are specifically interested in “putting partnerships in their place” by more fully specifying how complex cross-sector alliances (SDG 17) engage morally and materially with places ranging from land to water to cities and transitional communities (SDG 14, 6, 15, 11). Greater sensitivity to how place constrains and enables organizing and the multiple scales implied by wicked issues like climate change can enrich theories of cross-sector partnerships in settings riddled with entrenched inequality and fragility. Successful partnerships redefine the meaning of places. Eco-systems co-evolve with the places they emerge in, and place itself is often a critical resource in how partnership eco-systems evolve.


We welcome papers on any topic relating to cross sector partnerships and their organization, processes and impacts. We are especially eager to see papers that explore the theme of place in cross sector partnering. This can be done through academic papers or more practice orientated case studies.


The following research questions can be considered when developing papers for submission:

  • How are multi-stakeholder driven policies practiced or performed in specific settings?

  • How do the specifics of a place affect the nature and role of partnerships in sustainable policy making and implementation?

  • How do eco-systems co-evolve by actively engaging the ethics of place and place-making?

  • How are places themselves shaped and performed in the design and practices of specific sustainability initiatives?

  • How does place pattern multi-actor partnerships? In partnering with businesses, how do NGOs engage the morality and materiality of place to frame or reframe the challenges or issue under consideration? In partnering with NGOSs, how do businesses reconstruct the meaning of the places they inhabit?

  • How are issues such as sustainability concretised in place and by emplaced identities and interactions?

  • What is the process of localisation and translation of either policy or academic models in cross-sector partnering?

  • How do sustainability challenges and the need for localization create opportunities and challenges for preparing the next generation of citizens, leaders, and collaborators?

  • What reforms are needed in management education and workplace training to better support faster scaling of sustainability partnership practices?


Submission Details

Abstracts submission will be online (click here to submit), (extended) deadline is 13th of December 2019. Word count is 750 words excl references. Full papers are due by March 22nd for those authors with accepted abstracts who wish to be considered for Routledge Best Paper Award in Social Partnership, and for the JBE Special Issue (including special issue panel discussion on 24th June, 2020)



Important Dates

Please stay up to date with developments by following the conference twitter account @CSSI2020UL and also the Facebook event page. 

Key dates


  • 2nd Sept 2019: Deadline for Call for panel proposals  

  • 9th September 2019: Notification of panel proposal decisions 

  • 30th November 2019: Closing date for submission of symposium abstracts and doctoral consortium papers

  • 20th December 2019: Panel Chairs inform local organizing committee of accepted abstracts

  • 6th January 2020: abstract/paper acceptance confirmed

  • 6th January 2020 – 28th February 2020: Early bird registration open 

  • 22nd May 2020: Registration closes, final papers due (optional: full papers required if authors wish to be considered for a) the Special Issue Panel on Partnerships and Place, b) Routledge Best Paper Award)

  • 24th June 2020: Special Issue Panel on Partnerships and Symposia Doctoral Consortium

  • 25th – 26th June 2020: CSSI Symposium

  • 1st November 2020: deadline for Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue


Conference Registration Fees

Early bird registration opens 6th January 2020 – 28th February 2020. Following refer to the early bird prices. 



Getting here


The University of Limerick is located 4kms from Limerick city. Shannon Airport, located 30kms from the University of Limerick services many destinations throughout Europe and the US. Please see the Shannon Airport website for further information.


Ferry information


1. www.stenaline.ie

2. www.brittanyferries.ie

3. www.irishferries.com/Irish/Ferries‎

Ireland- UK

There are 2 ferry routes operating between Ireland and England offering you combined total of 24 sailings per week. P&O Irish Sea operates 1 route, Dublin to Liverpool which runs 12 times weekly. Stena Line operates 1 route, Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead which runs 12 times weekly.

1/ https://www.stenaline.ie

2/ https://www.irishferries.com › ie-en › to-ireland-from-britain

3/ www.poferriesoffers.co.uk/‎ (cheap but longer journey)

Coach journey from UK to Ireland (from 58euro return)



Getting to Limerick from Shannon Airport


To get to the University of Limerick campus from Shannon Airport, you can travel by car, taxi, or bus. This link takes you to the map with directions to the campus.

Taxi: The airport taxi desk, located in Shannon Airport arrivals hall, will organise an airport taxi for you. It is open for all arriving flights. If you wish to book in advance you can contact the desk directly:
Tel: +353 61 471538

Website: www.shannonairportcab.com
Email: info@shannonairportcab.com
The approximate taxi fare is €45 (includes all passengers in the taxi).

Bus: Please follow this link for details of the timetable of the Bus Eireann Service from  Shannon Airport to the University of Limerick www.shannonairport.ie/passengers/to-from/bus/

Getting to Limerick from Dublin Airport


There are a number of commercial coaches going directly from Dublin Airport to University of Limerick.

Dublin Coach offer services from Dublin Airport to the University of Limerick and Limerick city. Coaches depart the airport every hour on the half hour with a stop at the Red Cow Luas Stop to change coach for the M7 Express Service to the University of Limerick. Prices start from €15 per person one-way. Please see the following link for further information www.dublincoach.ie

Eireagle offer 8 coaches daily from Dublin Airport to Limerick City. Please see the following link for further information www.eireagle.com

Getting to Limerick from Cork Airport


Bus: Citylink and Bus Eireann both offer limited services from Cork Airport to Limerick city. Please see www.citylink.ie/timetables and www.buseireann.ie for further information.

Train: Irish Rail trains connect Ireland’s major cities. The train stations are accessible by bus from the major airports where you can get connecting trains around the country www.irishrail.ie




Both on and off campus accommodation will be available to book through the online registration process.

On campus, ensuite accommodation at the University of Limerick

On Campus ensuite accommodation at the University of Limerick, can be booked through the Conference Registration link on the Registration page of this website. The rate is €54.00 per person, per night, including Bed & Continental Breakfast.

All six and four bedroomed apartments are located on the beautiful parkland campus of the University of Limerick, with the River Shannon at its heart, and are within easy walking distance of all conference facilities. The University campus is located just 4kms from Limerick City, and is close to transport links.

All apartments are furnished to the highest standard and offer the following:

  • A shared, fully fitted kitchen, and a comfortable lounge area, with cable television

  • All bedrooms have en-suite facilities (i.e. each bedroom has its own private shower and toilet facilities)

  • Daily Continental Breakfast is provided for guests

  • Apartments are provided for people with impaired mobility

  • Electric Heating in each bedroom/apartment

  • All rooms have high speed, wireless internet access

  • Prepaid card telephone in each apartment

  • Secure key card entry to each apartment and room

  • Free car parking

  • Resident village team on site and dedicated accommodation reception for guests to check-in

Off campus accommodation

Further off site accommodation will be available on this page in the coming weeks.....


Sustainability Statement

We are making as many efforts as we can to make CSSI2020 as sustainable as possible. We would love to hear from the CSSI community if you have more ideas. Please email CSSI2020@ul.ie or tweet us @CSSI2020 



  • We are encouraging delegates to explore multimodal transport and to include public transport options where possible.

  • If you are traveling to Ireland just for CSSI2020, please do consider spending some more time in the country, adding another activity and making the trip even more worthwhile!

  • We have timed the conference to be just before EGOS2020 (Hamberg 2-4th July). If you are coming to Europe consider combining conferences - getting more academic bang for your buck!



Conference pack

  • All conference materials will be available online (website), on social media and via dropbox (pregame, copy of abstracts, delegate list). There will be no print out materials offered on registration

  • We will be asking our visiting publishers to also consider this when offering out information. Online should be preference

  • We are asking all delegates to bring their own lanyard (we are sure you have dozens of these lying around your office!). We will provide a name tag to display in your lanyard

  • There will be no conference bag, please consider this when planning and packing for the conference

  • A coffee/tea keep cup and reusable water bottle will be provided on registration (see below)



  • We will be providing delegates with a refillable water bottle and will provide water stations (no need to buy water in plastic bottles!)

  • We will provide a reusable coffee/tea cup. No single use take away cups will be used during the conference

  • We will use only washable cutlery, and where needed compostable will be used.

  • All food served for lunch will be vegetarian by default. Meat options will be available at the conference dinner

  • Our conference dinner will champion local food producers, so you get to experience the best the Limerick and the region has to offer!!

  • We will emphasise health snacks (fruit, nuts, dark chocolate) to help keep our delegates fresh and full of energy!!


Academic Enquiries: CSSI2020@ul.ie

Registration, Accommodation, VISA Support Letters: registrationCSSI2020@ul.ie

CSSI 2020