Jacques Defourny


  • Full professor at HEC – Management School of the University of Liege (Department of Economics)
  • Director of the Centre for Social Economy of the University of Liege (since 1992)
  • President of the "EMES European Research Network" (2002-2010)
  • Co-founder and coordinator of the EMES Network (1996-2001)
  • Holder of a "Franqui Chair" at the Université Libre de Bruxelles  (2005-2006)
  • President of the Department of Economics (2000-2002)
  • Head of editorial team of the "Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics" (1989-1997)

Training

  • PhD in Economics, University of Liege (1987)
  • Master of Public Administration, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (1980)
  • Master of Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain  (1979)
  • BA in Economics, University of Liege (1978)

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Research areas

Conceptual and analytical approaches of the social economy and of its various types of organisations (co-operatives, NPOs, mutual societies, social enterprises etc.) in industrialised and developing countries.

Comparative analysis of social entrepreneurship in Europe, the US and Eastern Asia.

Work-integration social enterprises, volunteering, relations between the non-profit sector and public authorities, quantitative analysis of the "third sector".

Publications

Books (published since 2000)

  • Defourny, J., Hulgard, L. & Pestoff, V., eds. (2010), Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Economy, Solidarity Economy : An EMES Reader on the « SE Field », EMES European Research Network, 321 p. (e-book)
  • Defourny, J., Develtere, P., Fonteneau, B., & Nyssens, M., eds. (2009). The Worldwide Making of the Social Economy. Innovations and Changes. Leuven & The Hague: Acco, 291 p.
  • Henry, A., Nassaut, S., Defourny, J., & Nyssens, M. (2009). Economie plurielle et régulation publique. Le quasi-marché des titres-services en Belgique. Gent, Belgium: Academia Press, 320 p.
  • Borzaga C. & Defourny J., eds., (2001), The Emergence of Social Enterprise, Routledge, London & New York, 383 p. (Paperback edition, 2004). Egalement publié en italien(Edizioni 31, 2001), en japonais (Hyoronsha, 2004) et en coréen (Sigma Press, 2009)
  • Defourny, J., Simon, M., Adam, S. (2002), Les coopératives en Belgique, un mouvement d’avenir ?, Ed. Luc Pire, Bruxelles, 117p. Egalement publié en néerlandais (Van Halewiyck, 2002) et en anglais (Luc Pire, 2002)
  • Defourny J., Develtere P. & B. Fonteneau B., éds. (1999), L’économie sociale au Nord et au Sud, De Boeck, Bruxelles et Paris, 278 p. Egalement publié en néerlandais (Garant, 1999), en anglais (KUL Press, 2000), en espagnol (Corregidor, 2001) et en bahasa (Jakarta, 2003).
  • Defourny J., Favreau L. & Laville J.-L., éds., (1998), Insertion et nouvelle économie sociale. Un bilan international , Desclée de Brouwer, Paris, 369p. Egalement publié en espagnol (CIRIEC-Espana, 1998) et en anglais (Ashgate, 2001).

Recent articles

Contact information

Université de Liège - Sart Tilman, Quartier Agora, Place des Orateurs, 1 (Bat B33) - Bte 4
B-4000 Liege - Belgium

Tel:  +32 4 366 31 36 (or 27 51) 
Fax: +32 4  366 28 51 
j.defourny@ulg.ac.be