Ever since the time of Professeur Paul Lambert (1912 - 1977), the University of Liege has been renowned for its commitment to research on cooperatives. In the 1980s, J. Defourny followed in the wake of this tradition by directing, within the CIRIEC, works on the cooperative economy and by choosing to write his PhD thesis on worker cooperatives.
The Centre for Social Economy reinforced this trend, inter alia with the support of the Cera cooperative. In many countries, cooperatives play an important role in the development of social enterprises.

The management of cooperatives

Cooperatives in general

Worker cooperatives