Register to the social entrepreneurship webinar series by the African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars (ANSES)

Register to the social entrepreneurship webinar series by the African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars (ANSES)

For over two years, EMES has been in close contact with the African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars (ANSES) through many of its members who also committed members of our network.

In this context, we are excited to share with you their invitation to their online workshop series. The series’ contents were carefully designed to help social entrepreneurship researchers to produce a rigorous and high quality research in an African context. There will be four workshops:

  1. Winning recipes for high-impact research. Speaker: Sophie Bacq (EMES member)
  2. Publishing in Academic Journals: Qualitative Studies. Speaker: Michael Roy (EMES member)
  3. Publishing in Academic Journals: Quantitative Studies. Speaker: Tom Lumpkin
  4. Conducting a Literature Review and how to get it published. Speaker: Johan Bruneel

For more detail on the series click here. To register, please fill in this form. Feel free to extend the invitation to others!

What is ANSES?

ANSES is an academic network bringing together social entrepreneurship (SE) scholars either based or doing extensive work in Africa. Founded in 2018, it is currently hosted at the University of Pretoria, Department of Business Management, and is led by the following team:

  • Alex Antonites (University of Pretoria): ANSES co-founder
  • Filip De Beule (KU Leuven): ANSES co-founder (and EMES member)
  • Kerryn Krige (ILO): ANSES co-founder (and EMES member)
  • Dr Alex Bignotti (University of Pretoria): ANSES director and co-founder (and EMES member)
  • Mohamed Farhoud (University of Pretoria/Turku): ANSES co-ordinator and co-founder (and EMES member)


Social entrepreneurship (SE) as a scholarly field holds immense potential for Africa, where social challenges are prevalent and whose solution is often neglected by governments and markets alike. Yet, the SE research agenda for the Continent is often fragmented and scholars often operate in isolation. Moreover, research efforts by individuals or small research groups in Africa often suffer from lack of awareness of the ongoing international research conversations on SE, as well as lower standards of academic training and less exposure to funding opportunities compared to some other regions of the world.

Aware of the role played by research in policy making and the improvement of practice, ANSES was founded to create a network where SE scholars operating in Africa can be linked to each other and be exposed to international conversations in the field, as well as to training and funding opportunities. It is our belief that the network will thus facilitate the building of a stronger and more connected SE community in Africa, which will engender higher-impact and better orchestrated research endeavours.

From the above, stem the benefits of belonging to ANSES:

1. Membership in an African scholarly network with the opportunity to develop linkages and collaborations

2. Research and doctoral workshops

  • 2020: 4 online ANSES webinars with high-impact SE scholars
  • 2020 EMES Training School (hybrid learning format)

3. Exposure to international conferences and training opportunities

4. Exposure to opportunities for research funding

  • Currently, ANSES is making available funding for deserving applications for the editing of manuscripts to be published in top-tier journals.

Contact Dr Alex Bignotti or Mohamed Farhoud if you would like to know more about ANSES.

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