Affiliate researcher: Íñigo Ena Sanjuán

We are happy to announce that Íñigo Ena Sanjuán has aligned with the research group Social Enterprises and Institutions for Collective Action as an affiliate researcher. He is a Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany) and Associate Researcher in the ERC Consolidator Grant ‘IberLAND‘. For the latter, Íñigo Ena Sanjuán organizes the summer lecture series ‘Between Eden and Fall: Common Land in Early Modern and Modern Western Europe‘. Find more information here.

“The SEICA network presents a valuable opportunity to connect with colleagues who are addressing collective action issues and share perspectives, methodologies, and findings. SEICA offers a platform for scholars from diverse fields to collaborate in addressing social, economic, and ecological challenges.”

Lecture series ‘Between Eden and the Fall’

Between April 23 and June 18, the project IberLAND hosts the lecture series ‘Between Eden and Fall: Common Land in Early Modern and Modern Western Europe‘. This series aims to provide an overview of common land in the early modern and modern ages in several Western European regions through the work of five senior researchers in the field, who will deliver their lectures every two weeks, followed by discussions.

The lectures take place every other week, between 18:00 and 20:00 CEST and will be broadcast via Zoom. Prior registration is required through this link.

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Join our department as a PhD candidate

If you hope to become a researcher in the field of Sustainability and Management, then this is your chance! Apply now for a fully funded PhD position with our department Business-Society Management. The application deadline is May 15, so be sure to act quickly.

We welcome those who are eager to learn how organizations and businesses can be key drivers of social change and sustainable development. Are you, for example, interested in institutions for collective action and alternative organizational and governance forms? Do you have a master’s degree in business studies, management studies, sociology, economics, psychology, or a related discipline?

Open seminar talk: Arjan van Dorsselaer (UU)

In our open seminar, Arjan van Dorsselaer presented his paper ‘Developing Social Entrepreneurial Ecosystems by Scaling through Community Capitals: a Systematic Literature Review’. Arjan, who is a doctoral researcher at the Utrecht University School of Economics and School of Governance, utilizes the Community Capital Framework to explore the role of communities in the ecosystems around social enterprises. By employing the community lens, he wants to learn more about the scaling strategies of social entrepreneurs to gain more societal impact. During a lively discussion, the attendees shared their insights on the topic.

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Professor Tine De Moor will give annual Rotterdam lecture

On May 13, professor Tine De Moor from the Rotterdam School of Management will give this year’s Rotterdamlezing. This is the annual gift to the city, on behalf of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus Trust Fund. The lecture is titled: ‘How value becomes resilient. Building the community economy in Rotterdam‘.


The lecture will be given in Dutch. The lecture takes place in Debate Podium Arminius, Rotterdam, from 7.30pm until 10:00pm. Entrance is free, but reservation required.

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Podcast on post-capitalist economic system

What if there was an alternative to capitalism that was more desirable, but still viable and feasible? A system that promotes well-being and restoration of ecosystems? As a guest on the Circular Metabolism Podcast, dr. Thomas Bauwens from Rotterdam School of Management shared his vision on a post-capitalist economic system.

This bi-weekly podcast (in French) is hosted by Aristide Athanassiadis. He interviews both researchers and practitioners about the metabolism of our societies and how to reduce our environmental impact in a systemic, fair and contextualized way.

Listen to the episode with Thomas here: iTunesSpotify Youtube Google

‘Adviezen voor burgerinitiatieven’ – interview in Trouw

The Dutch paper Trouw interviewed professor Tine De Moor (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and researcher Roel During (Wageningen University & Research) about how to succeed with you citizen initiative. The interview was published alongside the disclosure of this years Duurzame 100, a list ranking sustainable citizen initiatives. The article can be found here.

New book on collaborative living

Collaborative living is experiencing a revival in The Netherlands. In the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis, more and more people turn to collective self-organisation to provide housing that is community-oriented, environmentally sustainable and affordable. But why is it so difficult for these initiatives to get off the ground? And what can be learned from other European countries?

Dr Darinka Czischke, Associate Professor in Housing and Social Sustainability at TU Delft, wrote a new book on this theme with colleagues Marije Peute and Sara Brysch. ‘Together: Towards Collaborative Living’ presents a collection of essays, data and cases from The Netherlands and other European countries that build on a knowledge programme developed in 2021 by Project Together!. The book illustrates the dilemmas and opportunities to move towards a new paradigm on how to live in the twenty-first century, together.

The book launch is on October 24 at Pakhuis De Zwijger. Read more about the event >

You can pre-order the book here >

Best Paper Award 2023

Thomas Bauwens (RSM), Benjamin Huybrechts (IESEG) and Frédéric Dufays (HEC Liège) have received the Organization & Environment’s Best Paper Award 2023, recognizing the 3-year impact for their paper “Understanding the Diverse Scaling Strategies of Social Enterprises as Hybrid Organizations: The Case of Renewable Energy Cooperatives”

The article addresses the diversity of scaling strategies, which the authors put forward as hybrid organizations, in the sense that they pursue several goals at once (economic, societal, environmental, etcetera). The authors also highlight how collaboration among social enterprises may help to achieve their goals collectively.

Read the entire article here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1086026619837126