Who we are

EMES is a research network of university research centers and individual researchers on social enterprise. Together, we aim to build up a body of knowledge around our SE concepts:

Social Enterprise
Social Economy
Solidarity Economy
Social Entrepreneurship

This unique body of knowledge aims to be pluralistic in disciplines and methodologies while it continues to grow both theoretically and empirically.

EMES members

We believe in the power of connecting established research institutions and individual researchers around the world to advance the SE fields. EMES seeks to intercommunicate each other’s interests, publications and related information while exchanging opportunities for joint publications and research initiatives.

EMES Network members around the world

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Since 1996, when an international group of scholars launched the first research network devoted to social enterprise.



The institutional pillars of EMES, leading research centers acting together to carry out influential collaborative research.



We believe in the power of connecting individual researchers around the world.



A solid network of partners and "sister organizations" that support the mission of EMES around the world.

EMES takes its name from the French title of its first research project, “L’EMergence de l’Entreprise Sociale en Europe” (The emergence of social enterprises in Europe) completed between 1996 and 2000. Formally established as a non-profit association (ASBL under Belgian law) in 2002 EMES was originally composed of European university research centers and individual researchers. After many years of collaborative research and projects jointly conducted with researchers from other regions, EMES decided in 2013 to open its membership to researchers from around the world.

The bylaws of the organization are available here.

Board of directors

The current Board of Directors of EMES is composed of 13 members who were elected in October 2015 as a result of the first open member election of the network. This election marked the completion of the implementation of the 2013-2015 strategic planning process.

Meet the rest of the Board

Coordination unit

The Coordination Unit includes a full time Director, a Financial Officer and ad hoc Project and Communication Officers.

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