Affiliate researcher: Taneli Vaskelainen

We are happy to announce that dr. Taneli Vaskelainen has aligned with the research group Social Enterprises and Institutions for Collective Action as an affiliate researcher. 

Dr. Taneli Vaskelainen is a university researcher of Sustainable Economy and Cooperatives at Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki (Finland).

“I am delighted to join SEICA as an affiliate because its researchers share my enthusiasm to examine and empower communities as they try to provide solutions to grand challenges that vex humankind. I also appreciate highly the methodological ambition and wide historical perspective that is characteristic of the research group.”

Jason Roncancio joins research group

Research group Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Actions welcomes postdoctoral researcher Jason Roncancio Marin. He will join the SCENSUS project under the supervision of Dr Thomas Bauwens.

Jason is a scholar with a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interests are centered around the creation of social value and the positive social impact derived from entrepreneurship and innovation outcomes. Jason holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, complemented by studies in Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Welcome! See his profile page for more information.

Pouya Janghorban joins SCENSUS project

Research group Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Actions welcomes PhD candidate Pouya Janghorban. He will join the SCENSUS project under the supervision of Dr Thomas Bauwens. In this role, he will be studying the influence of social network structures on the scaling process of community enterprises.

Pouya is an Erasmus Mundus graduate of MSc. Transition, Innovation, and Sustainability Environments (TISE) and has a BSc in Physics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. He has previous experience in EU policy consulting during an internship in Brussels. Prior to joining RSM, Pouya worked as a student research assistant at Reiner Lemoine Institut (RLI) in Berlin where he worked on the PeopleSuN development research project for Nigeria.

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Affiliate researcher: Florian Grisel

We are happy to announce that dr. Florian Grisel, has aligned with the research group Social Enterprises and Institutions for Collective Action as an affiliate researcher. 

Dr. Grisel is a Research Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (University of Strasbourg, SAGE) and a Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (University of Oxford). In his book The Limits of Private Governance: Norms and Rules in a Mediterranean Fishery (Hart Publishing, 2021) he explores the history of a communal organisation and its role in the management of a Mediterranean fishery.

“I am delighted to join the research group on Institutions for Collective Action as Affiliate Researcher. I share the excitement and interest of the group members for the various institutionalised organisations that tackle collective action problems arising from the management of natural resources.”

Daniel Petrovics joins SCENSUS project

Research group Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Actions welcomes postdoctoral researcher Daniel Petrovics. He will join the SCENSUS project team. Daniel has a keen interest in urban sustainability issues, cooperative-based energy governance and organisational transparency. He is currently finishing his PhD on the scalability of energy communities. His research is based on polycentric governance thinking and the strategic niche management approach.

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PhD Candidate: Shreya Paudel

Research group Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Actions welcomes, once more, Shreya Paudel. After an internship with SEICA and completing her Erasmus Mundus Master, she now joins the team as a PhD candidate within the UNICA-VICI project, supervised by Tine De Moor. Her previous experience includes research on the short-term evolution and adaptation of institutions for collective action, policy analysis, and political economy analysis in contexts of South Asia and Africa.

“I am thrilled to join the research team, and RSM for the diversity of ideas and expertise. I see this as a great platform to build on my research interest and direct the outcomes towards actionable initiatives.”

Welcome back! See her profile page for more information.

PhD candidate: Daniel Aguilar Viňas

Research group Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Actions welcomes Daniel Aguilar Viňas as a PhD candidate within the SCENSUS project, supervised by Thomas Bauwens. His experience includes a bachelor in International Relations, an Erasmus Mundus master in Global Development Policy, and roles within organizations such as the Conservation International Costa Rica and Red Cross Spain.

“I am intrigued and fuelled in particular by the interconnections between socio-political and economic factors. This new phase at RSM is an incredible opportunity to keep growing personally and academically.”

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Next step for researcher Véronique De Herde

Postdoctoral researcher Véronique De Herde is taking her next step after working with Social Enterprises & Institutions for Collective Action for 1,5 years. She starts a three-year postdoctoral mandate at the University of Liège, Center for Social Economy, with professor Frédéric Dufays. The research will focus on cooperative models of value chain organization in the agri-food sector. The objective is to disentangle the complex factors contributing to their strategic relevance for sustainable transitions.

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New affiliate reseacher SE&ICA

Research group SE&ICA welcomes dr. Enrique Santamaría Echeverría as an affiliate researcher. Enrique is a researcher in Innovation of Public Law at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

His research focuses on the relations between the human body and the law. Although it focuses predominately on bio law and private law problems, it also has a strong cross/interdisciplinary component, and tackles issues closely related to the fields of bio ethics, philosophy, data governance, and the protection of human dignity and other fundamental rights. His most recent research interests include health data governance, data and genome commons and health data cooperatives.

Next step for research intern Grant

Grant Halliday, who has been with the team as a research intern since September 2021, will start his PhD near the end of the month. It will be a History PhD at the University of Michigan, with the current plan focusing on early medieval economic and environmental history. He’ll likely be working on some aspect of institutions surrounding agriculture and peasant organizations in the Merovingian period. It will be a interdisciplinary project, as he is hoping to bring in some archaeobotanical research in along with institutional theory. He is also thinking of ways to analyze collective action in the period, something that a few other researchers have begun to explore in the last couple years.

A word from Grant: “I certainly hope to continue fishing collective research on the side as well and will certainly keep up with the team. Working with this group has put me on a good footing for graduate study, I believe, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their kindness and support!”