6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise – from 3rd to 6th of July 2017

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EMES, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Work, State and Society (CIRTES, Université catholique de Louvain) and the Social Enterprise Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP), are pleased to announce the 6th EMES International Research Conference on the theme “Social enterprise for sustainable societies” which will take place on July 3-6, 2017, at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

The aim of this 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise is to be one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers involved in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy research across the globe.

CIRTES is one of the founders of the EMES network. It has built up a strong expertise on SE organisations in European and Southern contexts; analysing their socio-economic logics and their expression through public policies, the market and civil society in various fields such as work integration, care, social finance, commons and the popular economy.

IAP – Interuniversity Attraction Pole – is a consortium of four Belgian research centres gathered under the title “If not for Profit, for What? And How?” supported by the Belgian Science Policy Office from 2012 to 2017. It includes the Centre for Social Economy (CES, University of Liege), CIRTES (Université catholique de Louvain), the Centre Européen de Recherche en Microfinance (CERMi, Université Libre de Bruxelles) and the Department of Applied Economics (APEC, Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Around 45 faculty members and researchers in economics, management, sociology and psychology have jointly developed an interdisciplinary and integrated knowledge on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

Conference thematic lines and conveners

Can social enterprise help overcome the current crises? Issues such as growing social inequalities, massive unemployment, the lack of economic democracy, and environmental unsustainability have increased the global expectations of social enterprises. Each in its own way, governments, civil society actors, non-profit leaders as well as the business sector, are seeking to discover, or rediscover, new possibilities of promoting economic approaches while targeting social aims. Indeed, examples of social enterprise and initiatives to support these goals have dramatically increased.

However, do these innovative practices promote institutional economic diversity and democracy or do they contribute to the weakening of solidarity through the marketization of society? Likewise, is their potential to address the major current and future economic, social, environmental and societal challenges fully understood?

Social enterprises naturally cross various types of borders, in terms of sectors (public, business, cooperatives, associations), resources (drawing them from the market, public procurement and grants, volunteering, etc.) and activity fields. Their social mission usually marks the activity field where they operate, ranging from more traditional fields such as access to social services and health and work integration to the most innovative ones, such as social and ecological transition, social finance and culture.

In a truly worldwide and interdisciplinary perspective, this conference will discuss the challenges faced by social enterprises in this critical period and the opportunities and challenges they face to build sustainable societies. The conference will aim to bring together research communities from all over the world related to the third sector (non-profit sector, cooperatives, social economy, solidarity economy and civil society) and researchers working on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, commons, sustainable transition, popular economy, etc.

In order to organize the discussion across fields and disciplines, the conference will be structured along the following 10 main thematic lines, each of them supported by various conveners. The titles and conveners of the 10 thematic lines are included below; for a detailed description, please download the “Full call” on the right.

1. Concepts and models of social enterprise worldwide

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2. Social innovation and social entrepreneurship

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3. Governance, employment and human resource management

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4. Financing issues of social enterprises, philanthropy and social finance

Conveners:

  • Anaïs Perilleux, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Marc Jegers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
  • Mary O’Shaugnessy, University College Cork (Ireland)

5. Social impact, value creation and performance

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6. Institutionalization, scaling up and public policies

Conveners:

  • Giulia Galera, EURICSE (Italy)
  • Anna Ciepielewska-Kowalik, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
  • Simon Teasdale, Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)

7. Informal sector, popular economy, microfinance and development

Conveners:

  • Andreia Lemaître, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Luiz Inacio Gaiger, UNISINOS (Brazil)
  • Marc Labie, Université de Mons (Belgium)

8. Social enterprises, sustainable transition and common good

Conveners:

  • Marek Hudon, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

9. Social and solidarity economy, civil society and social movements

Conveners:

  • Sílvia Ferreira, CES-PT, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Jean-Louis Laville, CNAM/LISE (France)
  • Geoffrey Pleyers, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

10. Gender and diversity issues

Conveners:

  • Florence Degavre, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Isabelle Guérin, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France)
  • Ariane Szafarz, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Important dates

  • October 3rd, 2016        Opening of abstract submission
  • January 9th, 2017        Abstract submission deadline
  • February 13th, 2017    Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors
  • February 15th, 2017     Conference registration opens
  • March 27th, 2017         Early-bird registration at reduced fees deadline
  • April 17th, 2017            Deadline for conference registration for presenters
  • June 5th, 2017              Deadline for full paper submission
  • June 15th, 2017            Deadline for conference registration (non-presenters)

The different registration fees available are summarized in the table below:

6emesconf Registration fees

The registration deadline for Presenters is Monday, April 17, 2017; for Non-Presenters, it is Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Scientific Committee

The Conference has two co-chairs, Marthe Nyssens (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and Carlo Borzaga (University of Trento/ EURICSE, Italy). The members of the scientific committee include:

  • Jo Barraket, Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
  • Janelle A. Bassett, Georgia State University (United States)
  • Andrea Bassi, AICCON & University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Avner Ben-Ner, University of Minnesota (United States)
  • Marie Bouchard, UQAM (Canada)
  • Taco Brandsen, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • Anna Ciepielewska-Kowalik, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
  • Kate Cooney, Yale University (United States)
  • Jacques Defourny, HEC-University of Liege (Belgium)
  • Florence Degavre, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Donatienne Desmette, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Bernard Enjolras, Institute for Social Research (Norway)
  • Sílvia Ferreira, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Luiz Inacio Gaiger, UNISINOS (Brazil)
  • Giulia Galera, EURICSE (Italy)
  • Nicole Göler von Ravensburg, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Georgina Gómez, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Isabelle Guerin, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France)
  • Keith Hart, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Marek Hudon, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Lars Hulgård, Roskilde University (Denmark)
  • Lesley Hustinx, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Benjamin Huybrechts, HEC-University of Liege (Belgium)
  • Marc Jegers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
  • Yu-Yuan Kuan, National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan)
  • Marc Labie, Université de Mons (Belgium)
  • Jean-Louis Laville, CNAM/LISE (France)
  • Andreia Lemaître, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Matsuyo Makino, Kansai Gaidai University (Japan)
  • Sybille Mertens, HEC-University of Liege (Belgium)
  • Alex Nicholls, Oxford University (United Kingdom)
  • Mary O’Shaugnessy, University College Cork (Ireland)
  • Roland Pepermans, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
  • Anaïs Perilleux, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Francesca Petrella, Aix-Marseille University (France)
  • Geoffrey Pleyers, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • P.K. Shajahan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India)
  • Ariane Szafarz, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Simon Teasdale, Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
  • Dennis Young, Cleveland State University (United States)
  • Annette Zimmer, Münster University (Germany)

Please find the original article here.

Full call for papers

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