6<sup>th</sup> 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 Social Enterprise on the theme “Social enterprise for sustainable societies”, to take place July 3-6, 2017, at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

The aim of #6EMESconf (see program)

The 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise aims to be one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers that are 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. They analyse their socio-economic logics and their expression through public policies, the market and civil society. They cover 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 that gather under the title “If not for Profit, for What? And How?”. The Belgian Science Policy Office has supported the consortium from 2012 to 2017.

The  four integrant centres of IAP are:

  • Centre for Social Economy (CES, University of Liege)
  • CIRTES (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Centre Européen de Recherche en Microfinance (CERMi, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • 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.


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6EMESconf Transdisciplinary Forum

The 6th EMES Conference will host this unique Transdisciplinary Forum, with several sessions related to the social and solidarity economy and social enterprises. This Forum is for you, speakers and participants coming from non-profit organisations, cooperatives, umbrella organisations, public and private sectors, and training and education centers.
Everyone is invited to share their reflective experiences and discuss challenges on multi-sectoral collaboration.

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 - Scientific Committee

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

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.

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