There are three main areas of Dr. Weaver's research including: 1) examining social and commercial entrepreneurship as strategies for community development, 2) assessing the frequency and depth of social enterprise activities in the United States, and 3) exploring different experiential education techniques as pedagogical tools for advancing community development.

A summary of her research publication activity is provided below.  


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Weaver, R.L. (2019). Social enterprise and the capability approach: Exploring how social enterprises are humanizing business. Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing. Access the article here.

Danley, S. & Weaver, R.L. (2018). “They’re not building it for us”: Displacement Pressure, Exclusion, and Protesting Neighborhood Investment. Societies. Access the article here

Weaver, R. L. Danley, S. & Otero-Vera, I.  (2018). Lessons Learned: Training Doctoral Students to Research Nonprofit Organizations. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 

Weaver, R. L. (2018). Re-conceptualizing social value: Applying the capability approach in social enterprise research. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Access the article here

Kato, S., Ashley, S.R., Weaver, R. (2017). Measuring social value: Operationalization of the capabilities approach. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Access the article here.

Weaver, R. L. (2016). Social enterprise self-employment programs: A two-dimensional human capital investment strategy. Social Enterprise Journal, 12 (1). Access article here. - Winner of the "Highly Commended Article" Award from the Emerald Literati Awards.

Book Chapters

Weaver, R. L. (2018). Engaged civic learning: Advancing student learning and community development. Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Community Engagement and Outreach.

Policy Briefs

Weaver, R.L. (2015). How to help profit-making social enterprises combat pressing social problems. Scholars Strategy Network. Access policy brief here.