New farmers as agroecological entrepreneurs

In Sweden, just as in other countries of the Global North, a new green wave is taking form. A considerable group of people, with little or no experience in agriculture, choose to start a farm as source of their livelihood. Researchers have given them various names – new farmers, neo-farmers, or newcomers to emphasize their... Continue Reading →

Challenges in  research methods and international comparisons in Social Enterprise Research: Learnings from the 6th EMES summer school

From the 19th until the 22nd of June 2018, scholars, professors, 30 PhDs, and Early Stage Researchers gathered together near Marseille to discuss methodological issues in Social Enterprise research. Presentations shed light on the nature of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises, social and solidarity economy. One of the topics we found particularly interesting for our... Continue Reading →

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

  Last 5-8th June, the RurAction[1] consortium ( ) has celebrated its first Spring School. The four-day event took place within the inspiring premises of Kloster-Posa ( ) 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 →

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