A “market” of methods and a myriad of possibilities for SEs: A rural perspective.

  Last 5-8th June, the RurAction[1] consortium (www.ruraction.eu ) has celebrated its first Spring School. The four-day event took place within the inspiring premises of Kloster-Posa (http://www.kloster-posa.de/ ) in Zeitz (Germany). Senior scholars, early stage researchers (ESRs) and practitioners interchanged ideas and practices about social enterprises, social innovation and rural development. Kloster-Posa, that provided an... Continue Reading →


The growing space occupied by social enterprises in societies

In the past decade, social enterprises have gained an increasingly prominent role in the global political agenda. From fighting poverty in developing countries to reducing social exclusion and unemployment in mature economies, social entrepreneurs have been painted as champions of many causes by policy makers. Work integration social enterprises (WISEs) are the focus of my... Continue Reading →

Reconciling mutual distrust and cooperation: recent developments regarding the third sector and social enterprises in Hungary

When looking at the development of the Hungarian third sector, two main contradictory historical traditions can be observed: a) cooperation between voluntary organizations and the state; and b) mutual distrust and opposition between the two sectors. (Kuti 2008a) As the phenomenon of social enterprises is strongly linked to the third sector (G. Fekete et al,... Continue Reading →

A Ph.D. journey: Lauren’s testimonial.

First some background: I am a social worker from South Africa who grew up and studied during the last decades of Apartheid, a nationally enforced system of separation of South African people based on skin colour. Growing up with fair skin, meant growing up privileged. This made me acutely aware of the contribution I needed... Continue Reading →


At the end of 2017, 10 Early Stage Researchers have started on their PhD-journey within the RurAction consortium. RurAction is a H2020-Marie Sklodowska Curie - ITN (GA 721999) in which 10 leading research institutions and 5 social enterprises have joined in order to add knowledge to the intersection of rural development, social innovation and social... Continue Reading →

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