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6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

July 3, 2017 - July 6, 2017


EMES, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Work, State and Society (CIRTES, Université catholique de Louvain) and the Social Enterprise Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP), are pleased to announce the 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise on the theme “Social enterprise for sustainable societies”, to take place July 3-6, 2017, at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

The aim of #6EMESconf (see program)

The 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise aims to be one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers that are involved in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy research across the globe.

CIRTES is one of the founders of the EMES network. It has built up a strong expertise on SE organisations in European and Southern contexts. They analyse their socio-economic logics and their expression through public policies, the market and civil society. They cover various fields such as work integration, care, social finance, commons and the popular economy.

IAP – Interuniversity Attraction Pole – is a consortium of four Belgian research centres that gather under the title “If not for Profit, for What? And How?”. The Belgian Science Policy Office has supported the consortium from 2012 to 2017.

The  four integrant centres of IAP are:

  • Centre for Social Economy (CES, University of Liege)
  • CIRTES (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Centre Européen de Recherche en Microfinance (CERMi, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Department of Applied Economics (APEC, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Around 45 faculty members and researchers in economics, management, sociology and psychology have jointly developed an interdisciplinary and integrated knowledge on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise.


Université Catholique de Louvain
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Louvain-la-Neuve, B-1348 Belgium
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