6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

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.


Important dates

  • October 3rd, 2016       Opening of abstract submission
  • January 9th, 2017        Abstract submission deadline
  • February 14th, 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)

Conference registration

There are different types of registration available, depending on whether or not participants are members of EMES. Members, including PhD students and regular researchers, enjoy a reduced registration fee (a proof of enrollment in a PhD programme may be requested from PhD students registering for the event, if deemed necessary by the organisers). In addition, the organisers offer an early-bird registration fee for those participants who register by March 27, 2017. The registration fee covers all conference materials, three lunches, one evening gala reception and one dinner event.

Finally, thanks to some sponsors’ support, the organisers are able to offer a subsidized fee that includes accommodation for three or four nights (starting on Monday, June 3, 2017) in on-campus residences; this subsidized fee is reserved for PhD students (non-OECD and OECD) and non-OECD ICSEM researchers who requested it when January 9, 2017. Some reduced fees could also be available depending on the response from the people who were awarded a subsidised fee. However, if you did not request it when submitting your paper, please note that it cannot be requested afterwards.

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

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

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6emesconf - About the supporters

This international conference would not have been possible without the support of the following organizations. Our full appreciation goes out to them as they contribute to the mission of EMES and to strengthening the growing community of social enterprise researchers.

6EMESconf - Publishing opportunities for authors

EMES has teamed up with relevant publications in the fields related to social enterprise to offer publishing outlets to authors presenting completed conference papers at the Conference. In addition to ongoing submission opportunities, conference papers will have the option of being fast-tracked for selection in the publications included below; in some cases, journal editor-in-chiefs are considering the possibility of publishing special issues as well.

6emesconf - 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.

6emesconf - Scientific Committee

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

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