Important Notice: CSSI 2020 Outline Programme Available

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New Registration fees:


Student Registration: €90.00 pp (student identification will be required)

Standard Registration: €180.00 pp 


Registration will be open until May 15th.


We look forward to (virtually) seeing you in June!

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


Welcome from the Conference Chair:
Dr Annmarie Ryan 


On June 23rd-26th 2020, the Kemmy Business School (KBS), a UN PRME-champion school at the University of Limerick, will host the 7th biennial International Symposium on Cross-Sector Social Interactions (CSSI 2020), vitually. 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 a supportive and engaging online platform (more details to follow).

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Conference Theme


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?


Full papers are due by May 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/PDW.



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

  • 17th February 2020 – 15th March 2020: Early bird registration time 

  • 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)

  • 23rd – 26th June 2020: CSSI Symposium (including Special Issue Panel on Partnerships and Symposia Doctoral Consortium)

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


Details on the iChair platform

How should I imagine a virtual conference? Imagine it like an online gallery in which you can join multiple rooms, plenaries, or workshops that are live-streamed. You will find a discussion board, a repository for recordings of sessions you missed and the materials presenters would like to share – and we will do our best to integrate some fun socialising features and cultural events


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