Presentation of the members of the Scientific Committee


 Eric Bidet

is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business Administration of Le Mans University (France) where he is directing the Master and the Chair of Social and Solidarity Economy. He obtained a PhD of Sociology from University of Paris X in 2001. His main research interests include social and solidarity economy, social enterprise, cooperatives, and co-production of welfare services in a comparative perspective between Europe and Asia. Eric is also a member of the RECMA Editorial Board and the International Scientific Commission of the CIRIEC, and has been co-chairing ADDES, an association for the development of data on social economy, since 2019.

 Jos Bijman

is professor of cooperative organisations, as the Business Management & Organisation Group, of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is also fellow at the Berlin Institute of Cooperative Studies, at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. His research focusses on business collaboration, inter-organisational relationships in agrifood value chains, and sustainable business models. He is an expert on the evolution of cooperatives and producer organisations in the agrifood sector, in both developed and emerging economies. He has been manager of the 2012 Support for Farmers' Cooperatives project, which presented a state of art of agricultural cooperatives in all EU Member States. Currently, he is Work Package leader in the H2020 project CO-FRESH, which studies the success factors of innovative and sustainable agrifood value chains. In addition, he is involved in several research and innovation projects on how cooperatives can support their members in the transition towards more sustainable food systems.

Carlo Borzaga

is a graduate in Social Sciences and specialized in Economics. Full professor of Economic Policy at the University of Trento, Faculty of Economics since 2001. From 2002 to 2003 chairperson of the Evaluation Committee of the University of Trento and from 2003 to 2006 Dean of the Faculty of Economics. From 1996 to 2009 chaired and coordinated ISSAN (Research Institute on Nonprofit Enterprises). At present, he chairs Euricse and the master programme on Management of Social Enterprises (GIS) at the University of Trento. He is a founding member of the network EMES and member of the board of IRIS Network (network of the Italian research centres on social enterprises). He is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD), editor of the journal Impresa Sociale and member of the scientific committees of several journals, among them Economia e Lavoro, Revue des études coopératives mutualistes et associatives, Social Enterprise Journal. He has collaborated with several national institutions (Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Family and Social Solidarity, ISFOL, ISTAT, Fondazione per il Volontariato, Provincia

Ignacio Bretos

is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Organization and Management, University of Zaragoza, Spain. He is a member of the research group GESES (Group for Social and Economic Studies of the Third Sector) and CIRIEC-Spain. Ignacio’s research primarily explores the intersection of business and society, with particular interest in the role of cooperative and social enterprises in promoting workplace democracy, social inclusion and sustainable development.

Michael L. Cook

is the Robert D. Partridge Endowed Professor in Cooperative Leadership in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research activities include work in more than 60 countries and 100 published works. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership, a leading Executive Education organized and supported by the leading US cooperatives.

Ifigeneia Douvitsa

was awarded her PhD on cooperative law from the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. She teaches the course of public policies and law of social and solidarity economy as an adjunct lecturer at the Hellenic Open University in the Postgraduate Program for Social and Solidarity Economy. She is one of the founders of the International Journal of Cooperative Law and member of its editorial board. She is also the representative of Europe in the Global Cooperative Law Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance.

Jean-François Draperi
has a PhD in rural geography and regional planning (Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne). He is a lecturer in sociology and director of the Centre d'économie sociale Travail et société (CESTES) at the CNAM, and editor of the Revue internationale de l'économie sociale (Recma). He is responsible for scientific training in social economy in the CNAM network.
He co-edited with Philippe Frémeaux, "L'économie sociale de A à Z", Alternatives économiques, Hors-série nº 12, January 2006. Author of Comprendre l'économie sociale (Dunod).
Timothée Duverger

has a doctorate in history, is an associate researcher at the Centre Émile Durkheim and an associate lecturer at Sciences Po Bordeaux, where he heads the Territoires de l'ESS (TerrESS) chair. He has notably published Les Trois visages de l'économie sociale et solidaire (avec Xabier Itçaina et Robert Lafore, Le Bord de l'Eau, 2020) et Utopies locales, les solutions écologiques et solidaires de demain (Les Petits Matins, 2021)."

Simel Esim

is a political economist, with more than 30 years of experience in social and economic development. Since 2012, heads the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit. Between 2004 and 2012 she was at the ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States as Senior Specialist. She has policy advocacy, research, capacity building and program management skills. She works on cooperative and social and solidarity economy development, informal employment and women’s economic empowerment issues. She holds an MA in International Economics and Middle East Studies and a Ph.D. in economics. She speaks Turkish and English, with working knowledge of Italian and Arabic. 

Maryline Filippi

(female, Ph.D.) is professor at Bordeaux Sciences Agro and affiliated researcher at the UMR INRAE SADAPT Paris-Saclay University. Her research interest covers the analysis of agricultural cooperatives, comparative international study of cooperative governance, sustainability and territorial development. She is regularly involved as scientific expert in regulatory assessment and stakeholders meetings. She managed two INRAE research teams dedicated to agricultural cooperatives and she is involved in different international research programs. Since 2015, she is expert at the High Council for Agricultural Cooperation (HCCA) nominated by the French Agricultural Minister.

Elena Garnevska

Dr Elena Garnevska is a Senior Lecturer and a Director of Master of Agribusiness programme at Massey University, New Zealand (NZ). She is the leading co-author of the first NZ Cooperative Economy report and teaches the only graduate course on Cooperative Governance and Management in New Zealand. Elena has published widely on the importance, longevity and success of the agri-food cooperatives; innovation of cooperative business model; membership benefits and commitment. Her research has focused on New Zealand and wider Asia Pacific region. Recently, she has been working on sustainable value chain transformation in developing countries and the role of horizontal coordination in this transformation process.

Gemma Fajardo

has a Law Degree and a PhD in Economic Management of Cooperatives: Responsibility of its partners (1992). She is a professor of Commercial Law and a researcher in Cooperative Law at the University of Valencia. She has edited the Revista Jurídica de Derecho Cooperativo de Ciriec-España (1990-2020) and has participated in the drafting of several laws on cooperatives in Spain.

Cynthia Giagnocavo
Dr. Cynthia Giagnocavo, professor at the University of Almería, Spain, department of economics and business. Cátedra (Chair) Coexphal-UAL in horticulture, cooperative studies and sustainable development. President of the International Cooperative Alliance, European Committee on Cooperative Research. Her work is focused on sustainability in food and agricultural systems, including transitions to agro-ecological systems. A related research area involves digitisation in agriculture (internet of food and farm, smart agriculture), digitization transition management and impact, and corresponding value chains. Her research focuses on the intersection of organisational, technical, social, economic and institutional innovation, with an emphasis on cooperatives, innovative business models and collective entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
Hagen Henrÿ
Education: Studies in law and French language at Saarbrücken and Geneva. Qualification as German judge. Post graduate studies in development issues and development law in Geneva and Paris. Licentiate, doctorate and professorship qualification in law at the University of Helsinki.  
Work experience: Assistant at the law faculties of the universities of Geneva and Saarbrücken; legal advisor to the German Federal Minister of Economy; Chief of the Cooperative Branch of the ILO.   
Since 1994 consultancies on cooperative policy and legislation in/for some 65 countries for national, regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Since 2013 coordinator of the ICA Cooperative Law Committee.  
Retired from the University of Helsinki at the end of 2020.
Publications: more than 100 articles, 2 books and co-edition of several books on development questions, land law, comparative law and cooperative law.  
Memberships: member of several scientific associations and of editorial boards of scientific journals.  
Teaching: has taught cooperative law and policy and comparative law at several universities and other institutions.
Markus Hanisch
Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch is an agricultural economist with a background in institutional and resource economics. He holds the chair of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research interest combines approaches of political theory and institutional economics with cooperative studies. Professor Hanisch is participating in or leading several research projects in close collaboration with national and international research foundations and financiers (such as the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research or FAO). He belongs to the group of Affiliated Faculty at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshops for Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and works on several editorial boards. As a senior lecturer he gives the course “Co-operation and Co-operative Organizations” in the EU-funded International Masters Programme for Rural Development (IMRD).
David Hiez
David, 50 years old, after having been lecturer in France,  is currently Professor of Civil Law at the University of Luxembourg, where he served as director of academic bachelor in Law and Director of the Research Unit.
His research is focused in three areas:
- Mainly the social economy law, with particular attention to cooperative law, both in Luxembourg and French law, European and comparative law.
- He is also interested in the theory of contract, particularly in European contract law. 
- He also works on African law, searching for the conditions to develop law, mainly based on local needs. 
Member of the editorial board of the international journal of social economy (RECMA) since 2010,
Founding member of Ius Cooperativum,
Founding member and co-editor of the International Journal of Cooperative Law
Constantine (Costas) Iliopoulos

serves as Director of AGRERI (, Professor of Strategy at the MBA Program, Agricultural University of Athens, and is co-founder of the Co-opAbility Institute, Greece ( His research program focuses on the organization, governance, and strategy of cooperatives, and he is widely published in academic journals. He is regularly invited as speaker in international events. Costas has prolonged international experience in working with cooperative leaders and members to co-design solutions to pressing cooperative challenges.

 Jan Jonker

is professor of Sustainable Development at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). His research focuses on the development and implementation of sustainable and circular business models and how they create change and transition. Many people consider him a kind of ‘academic activist’, wanting to create change and to have impact through his work. In his country, he has been listed for seven years in a row among the Top-100 most influential ‘Green’ Dutch people. Previously he also held the ‘Pierre de Fermat’ Chair in Toulouse and the ‘Emile Francqui’ Chair in Brussels. In 2020 he did the Dutch National Speech on Sustainability: He is author of 35 books and over 200 publications.

Akira Kurimoto

studied law at the University of Tokyo. He was a professor of co-operative program at the Institute for Solidarity-based Society at Hosei University, Tokyo during 2015-2020. He was the board member/chief researcher of the Consumer Co-operative Institute, Japan since 1998 and the general secretary of the Robert Owen Association. He served as the Chair of the ICA Research Committee (2001-2005) and is the Chair of the ICA Asia Pacific Research Committee. He is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Co-operative Research Partnership which published a volume “Waking the Asian Pacific Co-operative Potential” in 2020. His main research interests include co-operative laws, co-operative economics, co-operative history, corporate governance, food supply chain, health and social care and the social economy/enterprises.

Josune Lopez Rodriguez

PhD in Law, is currently Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Deusto, Spain, and Researcher of the group "Cooperativism, taxation, development, labour relations and social protection".

Sonja Novkovic

is a Professor of Economics and Academic director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s. She serves as Chair of the International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee, and a member of the NCBA-CLUSA Council of Economists.


Nadine Richez-Battesti

is senior lecturer in economics at Aix Marseille University in France and researcher at LEST. She is co-director of a Master's degree in Social Economy. Her research focuses on the transformation of social economy in a multilevel and institutional perspective in France and in Europe. Member of the RECMA editorial board, she is co-president of ADDES, an association for the development of data on the social economy.She has also been appointed to the Conseil Supérieur de la Coopération in France and to the Crédit Coopératif Foundation.

Damien Rousselière

is a Professor of Economics at Institut Agro – AGROCAMPUS OUEST, and Associate Chair of the SMART-LERECO, joint research unit in agricultural economics with INRAE. Damien is a specialist of quantitative methods applied to the industrial economics of cooperatives and intentional communities, including performance, horizontal and vertical relations, and commitment of members. Involved in international researches networks on cooperatives, he is Professor by courtesy at two Canadian universities, Université du Québec à Montréal (since 2010) and Laval University (since 2018) and a visiting research fellow at the Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana (USA). He serves on the scientific council of La Coopération Agricole (French federation of Agricultural Cooperatives), and is a member of the International Scientific Commission of the CIRIEC, International academic association on the social, cooperative and public economy.

William Sabadie
Silvia Sacchetti

has a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK). She is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento (Italy) and collaborates with Euricse. Her research interests are in the inclusive development of economies, which she studies from the point of view of third sector organisations and inclusive governance structures. She focuses on cooperative firms and social enterprises, recently studied in the context of cultural and welfare services. Her research has addressed also the role of creativity, social capital, and individual motivations in enterprise and local development. Silvia’s most recent publications have appeared in Review of Social Economy, Journal of Management and Governance, Journal of Co-Operative Organization and Management, Impresa Sociale, Corporate Governance (the International Journal Of Business in Society), Journal of Business Ethics, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, European Planning Studies. Silvia is Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity and Board member of the European Management Journal. She is a member of the European Research Board of the International Cooperative Alliance

Roger Spear
is Emeritus Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Member of Ciriec Scientific Committee, and founder member and ex-vice-president of EMES research network on social enterprise. He taught innovation, organisational systems and research methods at the Open University. He is currently guest professor in the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Roskilde University (Copenhagen, Denmark), contributing to International Masters in Social Entrepreneurship, specialising in measuring social impact. Recent research projects: Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth; EC project: Map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe; various OECD, UNDP, World Bank projects on the social economy and social entrepreneurship. Main theme in current research: inclusivity, civil society, social economy-entrepreneurship. Selected publications: Volunteerism & social mobilization during COVID-19, Civil society and the ‘Commanding Heights’: The civil economy; past, present and future” (Carnegie Report on the Future of Civil Society); Social Entrepreneurship: A Nordic Perspective. And several evaluation projects with GHK and ICF, most recently of ESF.