6<sup>th</sup> EMES-COST-CNRS International Training School. Marseille (France)

6th EMES-COST-CNRS International Training School. Marseille (France)

Social enterprises and research methods: Qualitative methods, mixed methods and international comparisons
Marseille, France


After five successful editions of the EMES PhD Summer Schools, at University of Corsica (France) in 2008; Roskilde University (Denmark) in 2010; the University of Trento (Italy) in 2012, the West University of Timișoara (Romania) in 2014; the Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow (UK) in 2016; the sixth edition will be held at Marseille from 19-22 June 2018. This will be a special edition for many reasons but mainly because it will be a COST Training School as a result of its inclusion in the EMPOWER-SE Action.

Some 150 students and 70 researchers from over 35 countries have participated in these unique learning events. PhDs constitute a central part of EMES as shown by the special membership category for PhD students, the seat reserved for PhD students in the EMES Board of Directors, and various concrete outputs.

Some of these outputs include:

  • the publication of a PhD Reader
  • the launching of an EMES PhD Student Network in 2008
  • the creation of the dedicated EMES Junior Experts Blog in 2011
  • the creation of an active Facebook group
  • and recently the EMES Alumni Network

Social enterprises are developing rapidly, in Europe as in the rest of the world. Enterprises that combine social purpose and economic efficiency are characterized by specific governance structures and profit redistribution rules. These organizational forms attract more and more entrepreneurs wishing to give their contribution to solve important social or environmental issues.

Beyond these common characteristics, social enterprises are heterogeneous as far as their activity sector, size and legal form are concerned. They also follow different institutionalization paths, in deep connection with the traditions and evolutions of their national contexts.

The recent and fast development of social enterprises raises several questions for researchers and PhD students at the heart of the EMES work: how to understand their heterogeneity and allow for international comparison? How to learn from different case studies and go a step further toward generalization? How do they interact with public authorities nd/or with the market? How to measure their performance and their social impact by comparison with other public or private organizations?

PhD students, early-career investigators, and researchers coming from different disciplinary backgrounds (such as sociology, management, economics, political sciences, law, anthropology, geography, etc.) whose research projects are connected to this field are welcome to apply for this training school.

In this context, EMES, COST and LEST jointly organise the 6th EMES Training School aimed at researchers and PhD students who conduct research in the wide fields of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, social economy and solidarity economy and are interested in epistemological and methodological. With this event, EMES, COST and LEST aim to:

  • Emphasize the research design, epistemology and methodology involved in any research project, specifically in a doctoral path;
  • Strengthen the interdisciplinary dialogue in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, social economy and solidarity economy;
  • Strengthen the training of PhD students by means of methodological and theoretical lectures, debates, and professional and social media workshops;
  • Provide personalised feedback and support via well-supported small group discussion sessions on participants’ research projects, their research questions, approaches and theoretical understandings; more precisely, in addition to various opportunities of informal discussion, at least a full hour will be devoted to every student’s research project within group sessions (for presentation by the student, feed-back by professors and their peers, discussion and synthesis of recommendations). Note that, although the training school will be held in English, some group sessions may be organised in French or Spanish, if enough participants share this language;
  • Provide space for social and intellectual discussion so that doctoral students will have ample opportunity to establish and expand their own peer networks and benefit from contacts and feedback from established scholars;
  • Encourage a broad and diverse range of participants, since exchanges between researchers from different countries, continents, cultures and academic disciplines can support stimulating and fertile reflections on research approaches.

Scientific Committee

The 6th EMES International Training School will include well-known professors from recognised research centres covering a wide spectrum of research themes, and this multi-disciplinary approach will represent a major strength for the participants.

The organizing committee is formed of Francesca Petrella, Nadine Richez-Battesti, Jocelyne Martinière-Tesson and Elie Perrichon (LEST) and Rocío Nogales, Thomas Pongo and Sabine Spada (EMES).

How to apply?

In order to apply, please create an account on the online submission platform. There, you will be able to download the Application Form and submit it after you have completed it.

Applications to participate in the Training School will be accepted until 31st January 2018 and the result of the selection process will be communicated to applicants by 26th February 2018 at the latest.


All the academic activities of the Training School will take place at the Centre Vacanciel at Carry-le-Rouet (near Marseille, Provence, France). Accommodation will also be offered at the same venue.

More information on how to reach the Training School venue will soon be published. In the meantime, you can read about the venue here.

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For more information, please contact Rocío Nogales (EMES) and Francesca Petrella (LEST-CNRS) at 6emesschool@sciencesconf.org

Important dates

  • November 30th, 2017. Opening of application submission
  • January 31st, 2018. Application submission deadline
  • March 7th, 2018. Results of the selection process
  • March 7th, 2018. Registration opens
  • April 9th, 2018. Registration deadline
  • June 19th, 2018. Arrival of participants


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