Open Seminars

Since the start of the pandemic our research group Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action has been inviting scholars and representatives of societal partners on a weekly basis to present their work in an online meeting, so that we keep updated about all the interesting developments in the fields of collective action, social enterprise, commons etc. These online seminars are open to attendees from outside. Interested in one or more of these talks? Or interested in making a presentation? Please send a message to to request a link or to discuss the possibilities.


Date Time CE(S)T  Guest speaker  Biography 
8 February   11AM Camille Meyer Dr Camille Meyer is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. His research lies at the intersection of three domains –entrepreneurship, organisation theory and sustainability– to explore managerial and organizational issues at the intersection of business and society. His perspective considers entrepreneurial processes to preserve and create shared value for businesses and communities in both developing and developed countries. 
15 February   14AM Kristel Maasen Kristel Maasen is a PhD candidate at the department of philosophy and social sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is working on a thesis in which she links organizational structures of worker cooperatives in Belgium to the commons.
22 February   11AM Vladimir Bogoeski Dr Vladimir Bogoeski (University of Amsterdam) is a postdoctoral researcher, part of the N-EXTLAW Project team. He examines how private law currently structures work relations, focusing on worker cooperatives as an alternative model of organising economic activity and work. He is interested in critical approaches to law, participatory action research (PAR), organising and social movements.
9 March   10AM Florian Grisel and Grant Halliday Dr. Florian Grisel is an Associate Professor at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS). His main research areas are parallel justice systems, private governance, and legal globalisation. His third book (Bloomsbury Hart, 2021) is titled The Limits of Private Governance: Norms and Rules in a Mediterranean Fishery.
Grant Halliday received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from Yale University in 2021. As an intern with Institutions for Collective Action he's doing research on medieval and early-modern fishery cooperatives/associations and their regulations, predominantly in France and Spain. 
15 March   11AM Kevin Wittenberg Kevin Wittenberg is a sociologist and PhD candidate at Utrecht University in the research program 'Sustainable Cooperation: Roadmaps to a Resilient Society' (SCOOP). His thesis is about citizen collectives in the care sector, focusing on the conditions of organizing care by citizens in a sustainable manner.
22 March   11AM Daniel Petrovics Daniel Petrovics is a researcher and PhD Candidate at the department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is working on the Horizon 2020 funded NEWCOMERS project, in particular focusing on polycentric governance arrangements of new clean energy communities. Closely linked, his PhD research focuses on the scaling mechanisms of energy communities.
29 March   11AM Lakshmi A.J. Lakshmi A.J. is Assistant Professor at Kerala University, department of Commerce. In her work she focuses on professionalism in co-operatives and the legal framework of credit cooperatives in India, looking at long-term developments.
18 April   10.30AM Thibault Mirabel & Lara Spaans Thibault Mirabel is PhD student in Economics at the Université de Paris Nanterre, department of Sustainable development, environment and energy. PhD topic: Economic Analysis of Worker Cooperatives: Contributuion, Typology and Performance Evaluations
Lara Spaans is a PhD candidate at the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.). For her research she is interested in sustainable finance, financial investments, and employee ownership. She currently works on projects related to employee ownership in the Netherlands and sustainable finance.
3 May 11AM Mette Løvschal Dr Mette Løvschal is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University. Her research focuses on, among other things, the long-term temporal and social dynamics and forms of organization that promote super-resilient past land-use regimes – the temporality of resilience. She is particularly interested in how collaborative, persistent institutions of common land, such as the management of heathlands, grasslands and fire-management regimes, self-organize and adapt according to changing circumstances.
24 May 11AM Frank de Bakker Dr Frank de Bakker is Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Department of Management, IÉSEG School of Management, Lille, France. His current research focuses on the intersection of institutional theory and social movement theory, specifically concerning interactions between NGOs and firms: How do NGOs try to impact firms and norms on issues of corporate social responsibility, and how do firms deal with these efforts.
31 May 11AM Josephine van Zeben Prof. Josephine van Zeben is Professor and Chair of the LAW group at Wageningen University. Her research focusses on the regulation of environmental issues by public and private actors across jurisdictions, with particular attention for polycentric governance theory and developments related to the European Union. She is research lead of the LAW Group's program "Law for the Living Environment".
14 June 11AM Ana Mathias Ana Mathias is a doctoral student at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, in Business Administration. Her project aims to understand how cross-sector partnerships work between social businesses and large corporations. But she is also interested in topics such as partnerships in general, management of hybrid organizations institutional logics, social business acceleration, social business and post-development models and contributions of social business to population well-being.