ICSEM Project

ICSEM Project

<p>Although part of the IAP-SOCENT research program, the <strong><em>International Comparative Social Enterprise Models</em></strong> <strong>- ICSEM -</strong> <em><strong>Project</strong></em> is considered as a major research project on its own.</p>

<p>The main specific feature of the ICSEM Project is its geographic coverage: it aims to compare social enterprise models and their respective institutionalisation processes across the world. It thus relies on the participation of a large number of <strong><a href="http://www.iap-socent.be/partners">Research Partners</a></strong> from all regions, who contribute country-specific or field-specific analysis of social enterprise models. Of course, contributions comparing social enterprise models in two or more countries are welcome as well.</p>

<p>The ICSEM Project was officially launched on July 5, 2013 just after the 4th EMES International Research Conference held at the University of Liege, Belgium. The Project now involves <strong>over 200 researchers from some 50 countries</strong>. Given the scope taken by the Project, additional financial support was sought, beside that provided by the Interuniversity Attraction Pole programme of the Belgian Science Policy office. Three new major <strong><a href="/partners">Supporting Partners</a></strong> became involved in 2014: the <em>Fondation Crédit Coopératif</em>; the <em>Caisse des Dépôts</em> and the <em>Institut CDC pour la Recherche</em>; and the <em>InBev-Baillet Latour Fund</em> and the <em>Baillet Latour Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment</em>.</p>

<p>The ICSEM Project is jointly coordinated by <strong>Jacques Defourny</strong> (CES - University of Liege) and <strong>Marthe Nyssens</strong> (CIRTES – Catholic University of Louvain). Other coordinators will be associated to cover some regions, fields or sub-themes.</p>

<p>A brief description of the content of the ICSEM Project is provided <a href="/content">here</a>, together with a short description of the ways in which interested researchers can <a href="http://www.iap-socent.be/getting-involved">get involved</a> in the project. For a more detailed description (in PDF format) in English, click<strong> </strong><a href="/sites/default/files/20140619%20ICSEM%20full%20presentation.pdf">here</a>, and in Spanish, click <a href="/sites/default/files/20140708%20ICSEM%20full%20presentation%20ESP.pdf">here</a>.</p>