She has been acting as a founding member of the EMES European Research Network. Se holds a Master in economics (University of California at San Diego),) and a Ph.D. in economics (University of Louvain). She is, currently, the EMES president.
Her research work has focused on conceptual approaches to the third sector (associations, cooperatives, social enterprises…), both in developed and developing countries, as well as on the links between third sector organizations and public policies. Her research deals with socioeconomic logics of “not-for-profit organizations”. She analyses the articulations of these organizations with public policies, the market and the civil society. She investigates the role of these kinds of organizations in comparison with business and public bodies in several fields such as work integration, care or the commons. Her recent work focuses on the emergence of different social enterprise models in an international comparative perspective. These research projects have been developed in partnership with socioeconomic actors (third sector organisations, public bodies…) and in collaboration with the national and international scientific community.