Membership and networking

At EMES, we invite all interested individual researchers
(including postgraduate students) worldwide to become members.

Join the growing network of collaborators,
partners and associated researchers in the “SE fields”
(social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social economy and solidarity economy, and social innovation).

Why Join us

You will be part of the leading research network on social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

  • You will have your own personal space on the EMES website with room for bio, picture and links to five publications.
  • You can participate in all EMES-organised academic events at reduced registration fees.
  • As a member, you can submit proposals for publishing in the EMES Working Paper Series.
  • You can look into the possibility of joining the Affinity groups within the network, which enable focused work around members’ areas of interest.
  • The full panel discussions of the EMES Conferences and results of Empower-SE COST Action are available for members. These include Stakeholder Briefs, selected conference papers, workshop proceedings, videos, and podcasts.
  • Members can use the EMES blog as an outlet to feature their work and contribute to the EMES Experts’ Junior Blog (EJEB).
  • Have an update on your work or an event that you co-organise? As a member, you can send us updates and have them published and circulated on our social media and the EMES news alerts.

Testimonials of our members

EMES promotes a more flexible, service and organizational specific understanding of social enterprise, one that welcomes scholars from various disciplines. I feel this is essential for promoting a more sustainable economy, polity and society.

Victor A. Pestoff

Founding member of EMES and professor of political science

EMES is an exciting and stimulating network to meet with researchers from different countries and disciplines. This variety has enabled me to develop a fresh view on social enterprise that combines insights from different disciplines. Senior members have been very supportive to my research from the first stages on (PhD) and afterwards, providing very constructive advice. In the meantime, the connections with other younger scholars have been very helpful to build a vivid community of researchers around these topics.

Benjamin Huybrecht

Assistant Professor in Social Enterprise Management

EMES is the premier research network when it comes to understanding the social enterprise landscape in Europe. I feel that EMES helped me comprehend very early on the complexity of the social entrepreneurship phenomenon. It provides a great platform for researchers at different stages of their career to collaborate, exchange and enrich their ideas through multiple lenses and scholarly disciplines. The vibrant PhD student community is one-of-a-kind! Conversations with EMES members have not stopped since I first joined the network in 2007.

Sophie Bacq

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern D’Amore-McKim School of Business


Researchers and professors


yearly rate


PhD and graduate students


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