SOCENT, like all Interuniversity Attraction Poles, was spearheaded by a coordinator and involved several university research teams in Belgium, each of them led by a promoter, and international partners.
SOCENT’s promoters were:
- Marek Hudon, professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and co-director of the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and of the Centre d'Etudes Economiques et Sociales de l'Environnement (CEESE);
- Marc Jegers, professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, extraordinary professor at the University of Antwerp, and head of the Department of Applied Economics (APEC, VUB);
- Marthe Nyssens, professor at the Department of Economics and president of the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Travail, Etat et Société (CIRTES) at the Catholic University of Louvain.
SOCENT's international partners were:
- Avner Ben-Ner, professor in the Carlson School’s department of human resources and industrial relations at the University of Minnesota;
- Carlo Borzaga, professor of Economic Policy at the Faculty of Economics and chairman of the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) at the University of Trento;
- Kai Hockerts, professor in Social Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Academic Director of Responsible Management Education;
- Dennis Young, professor at the Department of Public Management and Policy and Nonprofit Studies Program at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.