Contributions Calendar

2014 _____________________________________________________

August – Title post: Seminar series in social entrepreneurship – Summary (4);Sophie BACQ “Can Social Entrepreneurship Researchers Learn from Family Business Scholarship? A Theory-Based Future Research Agenda”

LamaALARDALama ALARDA, PHD student based at Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Nouvelles Technologies, l’Innovation et le Changement (LENTIC)/HEC/ULG. Her broad research interest is the third sector, new institutionalism, economies of worth and justification, and sensemaking theories.




July – Title post: Seminar series in social entrepreneurship – Summary (3); Arthur GAUTIER “Nonprofit Roles in For-profit Firms: The Institutionalization Of Corporate Philanthropy In France”

Giorgia_TrascianiGiorgia Trasciani is a PhD-student at the Centre for Social Economy of HEC-ULg Management School in Liege (Belgium). Her research interests are social entrepreneurship, collective entrepreneurship, social cooperatives, and institutional theory.



June – Title post: Seminar series in social entrepreneurship (2)- Anaïs PERILLEUX “Surplus Distribution in Microfinance: Differences Among Cooperative, Nonprofit, and Shareholder Forms of Ownership”

C MeyerCamille Meyer is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Management at the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He works on microfinance and common goods, particularly focusing on Brazilian community development banks. He obtained a FRESH fellowship from the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). 




May – Title post: Can social enterprises be an option to address youth unemployment? A multidisciplinary approach for an urgent global problem.

Foto-ErikaErika Licón grew up in a small agricultural town on the Mexican Pacific coast called Cihuatlán. Since an early age, she has been involved with many volunteer and leadership activities. She has an extensive working experience in social development projects, as well as, in in the private industry. In addition, she has a good understanding of several cultures and languages.
Erika obtained her bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering at the Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey (Mexico), and her masters degree in International Economic Relations and Cooperation for Development at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico). Currently, she pursues her doctorate in an individualized and multidisciplinary program at Concordia University, where she works under the supervision of Professor Margie Mendell. For her PhD, she decided to integrate her multidisciplinary education, work and volunteering experience to address an urgent global problem, youth unemployment.

March – Title post: Seminar series in Social Entrepreneurship(1) – Helen HAUGH”Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together? Determinants of Social Enterprise Sustainability and Location” (11 Mar)

Catherine_Dal_FiorCatherine Dal Fior is a PhD student at the Centre For Social Economy of the University of Liege and she is a teaching assistant at ICHEC Brussels Management School. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Management at HEC-ULg. Her research field is the strategy of organizations active in the waste management sector in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).




January – Title post: Dancing with SOCIAL INNOVATION in the “SE field” – Try with a little help from “The International Handbook on Social Innovation”

Sebastia_RiutortSebastià Riutort is PhD student in Sociology at the University of Barcelona (FPU fellow, Department of Sociological Theory). His research focuses on strategies and processes of social innovation articulated by Renewable Energy Sources Cooperatives (REScoops): the diffusion of their model and the promotion of changes at the institutional level. He precisely analyses the case study of Som Energia (first REScoop arisen in Spain) within the Spanish and European context. He has been involved as a researcher in the “WILCO project” (7th Framework Program) and in the “RESCOOP 20-20-20 project” (Intelligent Energy Europe). He has recently been visiting PhD student researcher in the Centre for Social Economy at the University of Liège (Belgium).


2013 _____________________________________________________

November – Title post: Series of Doctoral seminars in social entrepreneurship – Summary for the EJEB (4): Pascal Dey (University of St. Gallen): Governing the social through “social entrepreneurship”: A Foucauldian view of power and governing in advanced liberal society (6th May)

Gildas_BangeMaster degree holder in Project Management, Gildas BAGNE is currently a PhD student at the Centre Emile Bernheim of Solvay Brussels School of Economic and Management (ULB). His field of research is Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Strategies in Sub-saharan Africa countries. Particularly, his is focused on Multinationals companies’ entrepreneurship processes through cross-sector alliances in order to establish innovative distribution networks and create value in the poor market in emergent and developing countries.




Dalida Kouotou is a currently a first year Ph.D. candidate in management and economics studying Management control system and social enterprise. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance, and Master’s degrees in Management and finance (2009) from the Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon) and then, Advanced Master in Financial Risk Management, specializing in Finance (2012) from the HEC Management school – University of Liege. Her research interests include Management control system implementation, social enterprise and Human resources. Her dissertation explores the reasons and the methodology for implementing a management control system in a social enterprise from the point of view of individuals and the key success factors in this implementation.


October – Title post: Series of Doctoral seminars in social entrepreneurship – Summary for the EJEB (3): Anne-Claire Pache (ESSEC Business School): Social enterprise as a hybrid organization responding to competing institutional logics (25th March)

Frédéric_DufaysFrédéric Dufays is a PhD-student at the Centre for Social Economy of HEC-ULg Management School in Liege (Belgium). His research interests are social entrepreneurship, collective entrepreneurship, social network, and institutional theory.




Aleksandra_Szyma?skaAleksandra Szymanska is a PhD student and a doctoral researcher at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in the Faculty of Economic, Social, and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School; Department of Applied Economics. Her research interests are social enterprises, microfinance, corporate finance, risk management, financial engineering and econometrics.




October – Title post: Series of Doctoral seminars in social entrepreneurship – Summary for the EJEB (2): Simon Cornée (Université de Rennes): Social banks and reciprocity in the credit market (20th March)

Amelie_MernierAmélie Mernier is a PhD Student at the Center For Social Economy of the University of Liège. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Management in the framework of the Baillet Latour Chair in Social investment and philanthropy launched in December 2012 at HEC-ULg. The research fields of the Baillet Latour Chair include the analysis of foundations as enterprises with societal aims, impact measurements and philanthropists as partners for social entrepreneurs. At this early stage of her research, Amélie is working on the tax-deductible donations in Belgium as well as on the Belgian Foundation sector.



Nadège_LorquetNadège Lorquet is a PhD Student at the laboratory of new technologies, innovation and change (LENTIC) of the University of Liège (HEC). She is currently undertaking a PhD in Management. Her project focuses on emergent work relationships in the labor market. She is taking part of a large project studying flexicurity at a multilevel theoretical perspective. She is supervised by the Prof. François Pichault.


September – Title post: Series of Doctoral seminars in social entrepreneurship – Summary for the EJEB (1) : Teresa Nelson (Simmons College, Boston): The role of social capital in the context of social entrepreneurship (4th March)

Corentin_VermeulenCorentin Vermeulen is currently working as a researcher at the Public Research Center Henri Tudor in Luxembourg. He holds a master in management sciences with a specialization in investment and corporate finance from the Louvain School of Management. Before integrating the Tudor Center, Corentin Vermeulen was working at Ernst & Young, Luxembourg as a financial auditor specialized in the industry of both retail and real estate investment funds. His current researches cover both the responsible approach of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) funds and the contribution of intellectual capital to the performance of financial institutions.


May – Title post: Worth every penny – Social change ideas and practice in three contemporary Finnish social enterprises

Eeva_HoutbeckersEeva Houtbeckers, M. Sc (Econ.), is a PhD candidate in Organization and Management studies, Aalto School of Business. Her PhD research deals with contemporary social entrepreneurship in Finland. She studies microenterprises aiming for social change and creating something new from almost nothing. Her academic inspirations include entrepreneuring, emancipation, and bricolage. In addition to research, Eeva has been teaching for instance social entrepreneurship. Outside academic work, she is enthusiastic about creative writing and science fiction literature.

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Twitter: @aatteinen
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March – Title post: New Co-operative Development in China: An Institutional Approach ‎

Li ZhaoLi Zhao has recently received her Ph.D in political and social sciences from University of Leuven, Belgium. Previously she was a researcher in the HIVA-Research Institute for Work and Society, and Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in University of Leuven, and guest lecturer at the Living Stone Centre of Competence for Intercultural Entrepreneurship. In 2007, she graduated with an M.A. in Public Management from Tsinghua University in China. There, her three-years’ research on employment and economic development, as well as China’s rural-urban disparity, has led her to further research the role social enterprises and social economy organizations can play in building social inclusion and strengthening local communities. She has authored and co-authored numerous academic articles on the topic. Currently, she is co-editing an academic book with the purpose to expand the knowledge and understanding of recent co-operative innovations in China and the West.
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January – Title post:  ETHICS AND SOCIAL ECONOMY

carmenAfter finishing her degree on Economics in the University of Seville, Carmen Guzmán obtained a MBA in finances at INSEEC (Paris) and worked for the private sector for a year. However, her motivations to continue learning and researching led her to study a Masters degree in Economics and Local Development at the University of Huelva, where she discovered the significance of the Social Economy and the necessity of promoting it. Thus, she is currently in the third year of her PhD developing a research on this sector. Her study attempts to identify the behavior of the companies belonging to the Social Economy sector in terms of entrepreneurial orientation, in order to characterize this entrepreneurial structure and to give the appropriate recommendations.
On the other hand, she takes part in the International Research Group for the Territorial Intelligence C3IT, and in the research group called “Research Techniques and Economic Development” from the University of Huelva. In addition to this, she also collaborate with the research group “SMEs and Economic Development” from the University of Seville. Nowadays she is developing a research stay at the University of Liège in the Centre of Social Economy in order to immerse herself in the Social Economy community research.
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2012 _____________________________________________________________________________


Julie RijpensJulie Rijpens is in charge of research and communication issues at the EMES European Research Network for the project REScoop 20-20-20; she is also completing her PhD in management sciences at HEC-ULg (Belgium) about the issue of the institutionalization of governance models in social enterprises. Julie Rijpens holds a MA degree in management engineering (Université Catholique de Louvain, IAG-Louvain School of Management) and an interuniversity MA degree in Development, Environment and Societies (UCL – ULg). As a researcher, her main interests concern the issues of governance, business models and the institutionalization processes of organizational practices and structures in social enterprises. She also conducts expertise and consultancy missions for social enterprises on their governance models, in particular on the roles, composition and functioning of their board of directors.
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November – Title post: Conceptualizing social enterprise as a health and well-being ‘intervention.’

Michael Roy is in the second year of his PhD at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK, having previously gained his Masters degree in Social Research (Policy Analysis) from there. His Bachelors degree was in Sociology and Management from the Open University.
He previously started up and ran his own social enterprise in Glasgow after spending time as a freelance consultant to the Third and Public Sectors. Prior to that role he had spent more than a decade working in various policy roles within the Scottish Government, including innovation, science and technology, finance, and learning and skills. But not in health.
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September – Title post: When Refugees and the Financial Crisis Collide: Framing the Economic Future Around Refugee Experience

Bauer_CarrieCarrie Bauer is a Ph.D student in Justice Studies at Arizona State University. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Springfield. In addition to working towards her doctorate in Justice Studies, she is pursuing graduate certificates in socio-economic justice and gender studies. Her research interests emphasize her passion and motivation in pursuing justice for women. They include, socio-economic justice and globalization; economic development and sustainability; gender and work; democracy, human rights, refugees and justice theory. Her current area of scholarship addresses the impact of women refugees’ intersectional identity on their socio-economic empowerment. Prior to being accepted at ASU she owned and operated a political research and consulting firm in Chicago, IL. During this time, as an adjunct faculty member, she also taught American Government, Campaigns & Elections and Political Corruption courses at Northeastern Illinois University and DePaul University in Chicago.
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Summer Post – Tittle post: Testing social entrepreneurs cherished assumptions

Sharon Zivkovic is the Principal Facilitator of Community Capacity Builders, and a Research Assistant and PhD student with the School of Education, University of South Australia. Sharon has an Undergraduate degree in Accountancy, a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Education and Training of Adults), and a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship. Prior to establishing Community Capacity Builders, Sharon held positions in the non-profit, private and public sectors. In 2001, Sharon received the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her contribution towards creating strong and enterprising communities. Email contact:


May– Tittle post: The Flowering of the Israeli Solidarity Economy

Gabi Appel holds an MPP (Master of Public Policy)  and a BA in Political Sciences and Sociology, both from the Hebrew University ( Israel). During the last half year she was working on her thesis research in the area of solidarity economy in Israel, and plans to start (formally) her Phd in the next summer. Gabi Appel,  is the Director of Topaz- Leading Social Innovation NPO. At Topaz,   she develops different models of social entrepreneurship including:  social enterprises, social and technological initiatives. For the last ten years, she has worked for the israeli third sector in different NGOs mentoring and developing a wide variety of ventures in the in the areas of education, immigration, employment, etc. Email contact:

April – Tittle post: Social enterprises and ethnic minorities: A case study of the East London Olympic Boroughs

Sara Calvo is a final year PhD student at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development (CEEDR) at Middlesex University, UK.She gained her B.A. in Psychology at Salamanca University in Spain, and a MA in Sociology focused on migration and gender studies at the University of Brighton, UK. Sara is a certified social enterprise advisor and is currently working as a part-time lecturer teaching leadership and management at Middlesex University. Her PhD research examines ethnic minority social entrepreneurial activities in the five East London Boroughs of Hackney, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest, which will host the 2012 Olympics Games. Email contact:


March– Tittle post: Agricultural cooperatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Potential drivers of rural development?

Samira Nuhanovic is a PhD student in the School on Local Development and Global Dynamics (LDGD), University of Trento, Italy. Prior to joining LDGD doctoral programme, she worked on a number of development and research projects with various international organizations and various levels of governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She gained her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Islamic Studies at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her PhD research concerns internal and external determinants of performance of agricultural cooperatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as their role in triggering rural development by reaching their economic and social purpose in ethnically diverse societies. Email contact:

February – Title post: Social Enterprises as knowledge-based organisations

María Granados is a Colombian PhD student at University of Westminster (UK) researching how Social Enterprises can enhance their performance and achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives, by managing effectively their knowledge. Maria has an Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering in Colombia. Professional expertise carried out for five years in Human Resources Management, specifically in Developing and Training Management. Third sector expertise in organisational development for Non-profit Institutions in Colombia and youth and civic programs with the European Commission URBAL. Recently, research expertise on Knowledge Management and socio-technical evaluations. Email contact:

January – Title post: The creation of cooperative societies: an area to develop during this year 2012

Millán Díaz-Foncea is a PhD student at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain. The objective of the his thesis is to analyze the key factor of emergence of cooperative societies from a regional and dynamic perspective and to study the socio-demographical, psychological and motivational characteristics of cooperative entrepreneurs. This is one will be carried out from literature about institutional and financial factors, as well as difficulties of collective decision-making and scarcity of incentives by workers. The empirical analysis is focused in Spain from 1950 to 2008. Email contact:



2011 ______________________________________________________________________________

December – Title post: Why did I start a PhD again? Professionalization of human resources management in social enterprises: isomorphism or innovation?

Charlotte Moreau is a PhD student at the Centre for Social Economy and the LENTIC (HEC Management School – University of Liege, Belgium).She is researching in human resource and change management in social enterprises and institutional theory. Specifically, the title of her PhD in management science, beginning at October 2011, is Professionalization of human resources management in social enterprises: Isomorphism or innovation? Email contact:


November – Title post: Urban Agriculture Cooperatives as Social Enterprises in Food Security and Poverty Reduction: Cases from Addis Ababa

Berhanu Gebremichael is a doctoral candidate at International Doctoral School of Local Development and Global Dynamics in University of Trento. He has worked in two universities in Ethiopia for twelve years. He is also the founder of SAFE Ethiopia, the result of his engagements in EURICSE and EMES. His Ph.D. project is on Ethiopian coffee farmer cooperatives’ role in upholding livelihood asset portfolio, which integrates value chain and sustainable livelihoods. The urban agriculture survey is part of the additional requirements to be considered for programme completion and a component of SAFE Ethiopia. Email contact:


October – Title post: Time for a more realistic debate: the Swedish case.

Ulrika Levander works at the Lund University, Sweden.  She defended her thesis, ‘The Social’ in the Social Enterprise, during the fall 2011. In the thesis she explores the construction and understanding of the Social Enterprise in varying institutional and political contexts in Sweden. Email contact:


September – Tittle post: Processes of innovation within the social economy

María Irurita (Middlesex University, UK) is a trainer and a certified advisor on issues related to business and financial planning for social enterprises and is also conducting a funded PhD on processes of innovation and peer learning within the social economy in the UK.  Previously Maria worked as a CSR manager within a community investment foundation, as mentoring coordinator for a refugee integration programme and as frontline advisor of various community initiatives. Maria has been supporting EMES with their social media strategy since February 2011 and will be twitting on our behalf during the research conference. Email contact:


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