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 
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.
28 June  11AM Amineh Ghorbani Dr. Amineh Ghorbani is an Associate professor of Institutional Modelling and Analysis at the Energy and Industry group at TU Delft. She is also an affiliated member of the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative, Institutions for Collective Action and the Ostrom Workshop. Amineh’s research focuses on the role of institutions in climate change mitigation and adaptation. She using modelling, simulation, network analysis in combination with qualitative methods to conduct her research.
4 July  10.30 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.
t.b.a.   t.b.a. 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.