The Scientific Comittee

During the General Assembly in Lille (2012) the constitution of an Advisory Board was adopted.

It was then called the Scientific Comittee, with the following functions
– To help build the historical and theoretical heritage of the network
– To contribute to the development of the network’s strategic axes
– To elaborate files that can help formulate the positions of the COCO (COordination Committee)
– Responding to COCO requests, according to an agenda
– Assist the working groups, if necessary
– Disseminate the knowledge and information acquired to the members of the network.

The Scientific Committee (SC) develops scientific work dedicated to the social solidarity economy, based on and in cooperation with the initiatives of RIPESS Europe members. It thus reinforces the visibility of the network, the credibility of its work and facilitates cooperation with the world of education and academia.

Actions and participation of the Scientific Committee in RIPESS Europe
Dissemination of the International Solidarity Economy Manifesto. Academics and researchers from different continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe) who have been working for a long time with solidarity economy practitioners have drafted and are working on the dissemination of the Manifesto to call on public authorities to support this emerging economy. It is also a tool to bring together more academics, PhD students and non-academics on the basis of a common need for knowledge production dedicated to the solidarity economy.

The Manifesto states that:

“The solidarity economy assumes social, ecological and cultural aims, against the increase of inequalities and for justice, against climate change and for an equitable sharing of resources, against the uniformisation of behaviours and for the expression of diversities. We need this economy for tomorrow, at a time when the exhaustion of the dominant system is evident. Economic science has developed from an epistemological basis that neglects natural resources as inexhaustible and privileges material interest as
the only motivation. […] Adjustments to the existing system are necessary but will not be sufficient. The experiences initiated by the solidarity economy are vectors of new relations between the economy and society in its human and non-human dimensions. The actors involved in the solidarity economy must be heard. The economy we need for tomorrow is already here. Its growth depends on the advent of a new generation of public action.”

The Manifesto is disseminated within the University by the members of the Scientific Committee (mainly in workshops), and in dedicated RIPESS Europe webinars. The member networks also ensure its publication in the national media.
The Manifesto is permanently available online at


Webinar series
The Scientific Committee organises open webinars according to the themes under discussion.
Examples of objectives: To fertilise the field of investigation and exploration of RIPESS Europe members with themes still emerging in the SSE movement, in particular the feminist and decolonial perspective. To open up new avenues of research to cross with the more “traditional” literature on SSE; to propose research and debates on specific notions and concepts commonly used by introducing renewed analyses.

RIPESS Europe Newsletter
Members of the Scientific Committee regularly publish articles in the RIPESS Europe newsletter. This may be about the activities of the Scientific Committee, the work published by one of the members, a book or an article of interest to share.

Members of the Scientific committee : Laura Aufrère, Jean-Louis Laville, Luciane Lucas.