European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE)





EURICSE is a research institute based in Trento (Italy), whose mission it is to promote knowledge development and innovation for the field of co-operatives, social enterprises and other nonprofit organizations engaged in the production of goods and services, and to deepen the understanding of these types of organizations and their impact on economic and social development. Euricse’s activities aim to reduce the fragmentation in the research on cooperative and social enterprises, and to enhance the visibility of this sector in the scientific and political debate.

To this end, Euricse’s activities include:

Research: Euricse conducts multidisciplinary research activities that seek to bridge the divide between current dominant theoretical models and the specific features characterizing cooperative and social enterprises. Euricse supports and implements both theoretical and empirical research projects in the fields of economics, sociology, political science and the law.

Training: Euricse designs and organizes training programs specifically aimed at the professional development of young researchers and at enhancing the skills and knowledge of those who work in nonprofit enterprises and organizations;

Consulting: Euricse offers applied research and consulting services to nonprofit organizations (including in particular co-operatives and social enterprises) as well as to local, national and international public institutions;

Communication: Euricse shares and promotes research results and findings through publications (including an on line journal, JEOD, and a series of Working Papers) and the organization of presentations, conferences and seminars.

In carrying out this work, Euricse has become a point of reference on the study of co-operative and social enterprises in Europe and around the world, carrying out extensive work for many international organizations and institutions, including the European Commission, the ILO, the FAO, OECD, and the ICA. Euricse is one of the leading members of EMES (the European network of research centers on social enterprises), and Euricse’s researchers have published numerous books, papers and reports on co-operatives, social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, which have enjoyed a wide distribution at the European level and beyond.

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