II European Summer School on Solidarity Economy

Towards a global socioeconomy. Solidarity Economy in times of conservatism and populism

7 a 11 de setembro de 2020

CES | Lisbon (Picoas Plaza | Rua Viriato, lojas 117 e 118)



The present global scenario is increasingly characterised by raising levels of social and economic inequalities as well as political conservatism and populism. Representative democracy is indeed under questioning in several contexts due to its incapacity to provide efficient solutions to the needs of citizens, who are often left to their own devices in a context of growing inequalities. Against this background, several initiatives from civil society are addressing unsatisfied needs through self-managed solutions defined by cooperative relations, solidarity and reciprocity. Not only are these initiatives a response to material needs of goods and services, but also a political action for creating and practicing a counter-hegemonic economy.

Solidarity Economy encompasses both institutionalised and non-institutionalised forms of self-managed collective arrangements that allow the convergence of diverse types of knowledge - urban, popular, peasant, indigenous - in a non-hierarchical, horizontal way.  This convergence stimulates the exchange of goods, services and knowledge, strengthening social relationships within the community.

Solidarity Economy is thus characterised by a political dimension, showing a transformative character that aims at constructing a reality based on distinct social relations. Consequently, it implies a prefigurative nature, based on transformative experiments opposing dominant economic-political rationales while performing economic activities that are alternative in a variety of aspects.

In order to understand and interpret the Solidarity Economy, new theoretical insights are required in the view of constructing a new global socioeconomic perspective. To this end, it seems useful to elaborate on critical approaches such as feminist economics, postcolonial studies and social movement theories.

Against this background, the objectives of this summer school are on the one hand to explore actual experiences of Solidarity Economy arrangements in different socio-economic and geographical contexts, and on the other hand to discuss new critical theoretical approaches that can shed light on their political implications as well as their specificities with respect to other conceptualisations such as social economy, social enterprise or social entrepreneurship, just to mention a few.

Targeted audience: researchers, post-graduate students and solidarity economy activists.

Duration: 40 hours

Language: The main language of the Summer School will be English.

General Coordination: Luciane Lucas dos Santos  (CES) and Pedro Hespanha (CES/FEUC)

Scientific Committee: Ana Margarida Esteves (ISCTE-IUL), Andrés Spognardi (CES), Gonçalo Canto Moniz (CES), Isabelle Hillenkamp (IRD-CESSMA), Jean-Louis Laville (Collège d’Études Mondiales/CNAM), Jordi Estivill (XES/UAB), Lars Hulgård (EMES/Roskilde University), Luciane Lucas dos Santos (CES), Marilia Verissimo Veronese (Unisinos, Brazil), Michela Giovannini (CES), Pedro Hespanha (CES/FEUC), Rogério Roque Amaro (ISCTE-IUL), Sílvia Ferreira (CES/FEUC), Teresa Cunha (CES).

Executive Coordination:  Eber Quiñonez (ECOSOL-CES) and Beatriz Caitana (ECOSOL-CES).

Organisation: CES Study Group on Solidarity Economy (ECOSOL-CES), Research Group for Studies on Social Policies, Labor and Inequalities (POSTRADE), Research Group for Studies on Democracy, Citizenship, and Law (DECIDe), and URBiNAT Project (CES).

Institutional Partners:  This Summer School is the product of a partnership between ECOSOL-CES and different institutions: URBiNAT Project (CES); ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon); EMES - International Research Network; RIPESS Europe; Collège d'Etudes Mondiales (Paris); IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France); Roskilde University (Denmark); Rede Portuguesa de Economia Solidária (RedPES), Xarxa d'Economia Solidària de Catalunya (XES) and Associação Centro de Estudos de Economia Solidária do Atlântico (ACEESA).


The main objectives of this summer school are:

- To stimulate a debate on Solidarity Economy from a conceptual point of view, highlighting the similarities and specificities existing in different geographical contexts at the global level;

- To analyse the political dimension of the Solidarity Economy, its prefigurative and transformational character, as well as the way it is translated in a social movement perspective;

- To bring about new knowledge based on critical theoretical approaches such as feminist economics, postcolonial studies and social movement theories in view of building a new global socioeconomy;

- To increase the dialogue with other non-market based economies that share a common ground with the Solidarity Economy, such as those inspired by Transitional Movement or the Commons.


The summer school consists of a diverse set of activities, namely: 1) expositive sessions with specialists from different countries; 2) discussion panels; 3) visits to different Solidarity Economy initiatives in Lisbon; 4) free presentations; 5) working meetings with specialists (for PhD students); 6) cultural and social activities.

The sessions are organised in order to allow a solidarity economy approach based on different thematic perspectives - theoretical-conceptual, democratic participation, social innovation, institutional recognition, governance - in a broad European and global perspective.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- critically analyse the lack of institutional recognition of the Solidarity Economy in Europe;

- recognise the need for a theoretical and epistemological enlargement of the concept of economy, in order to cover other substantive issues;

- identify theoretical contributions for an enrichment of Solidarity Economy as a field of studies (like feminist theories,  family economics, institutionalist theories,  commons, etc);

- reinforce the discussion about the non-economic dimensions of Solidarity Economy, showing their relevance in the construction of the autonomy of the subjects and of the collectives to which they belong;

- reflect on innumerable urban and rural experiences that do not fit into the categories of Social Economy nor into those usually known in Solidarity Economy, creating space for new typologies.


September 7th

9:00 to 9:30 - Reception and delivery of support material

9:30 to 12:00 - Introduction to the course and presentation of the participants

12:00 to 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 to 16:30 – Opening plenary “Towards a global socioeconomy: Solidarity Economy in times of conservatism and populism” - Jean-Louis Laville (Collège d’Études Mondiales/CNAM), Isabelle Hillenkamp (IRD-CESSMA), and Andrés Spognardi (CES, ECOSOL-CES).

16:30 to 16:45 - coffee break

16:45 to 18:00 – “Inclusive urban regeneration and Solidarity Economy. The URBiNAT Project experience” - Beatriz Caitana (URBiNAT Project/ECOSOL-CES), Nathalie Nunes (URBiNAT Project), and Pedro Hespanha (CES, ECOSOL-CES).

20:00 - Dinner

September 8th

9:30 to 12:00 - Visit to a Solidarity Economy initiative

12:00 to 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 to 15:00 - Session 1. Report and debate on the visit

15:00 to 16:30 - Round Table 1 “Solidarity Economy and the great social challenges” – Lars Hulgård (EMES/Roskilde University), Nathalie Vallet (University of Antwerp) and Pedro Hespanha (CES, ECOSOL-CES, Chair).

16:30 to 16:45 - coffee break

16:45 to 17:45 -“The floor is yours”

September 9th

9:30 to 12:00 – Visit to a Solidarity Economy initiative

12:00 to 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 to 15:00 - Session 2. Report and debate on the visit

15:00 to 16:30 - Round Table 2 - “Feminist and postcolonial perspectives of the Economy” – Ana Cordeiro (CES), Luciane Lucas dos Santos (CES, ECOSOL-CES), and Beatriz Caitana da Silva (URBiNAT Project/ECOSOL-CES, Chair)

16:30 to 16:45 - coffee-break

16:45 to 17:45 - “The floor is yours”

September 10th

9:30 to 12:00 - Visit to a Solidarity Economy initiative

12:00 to 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 to 15:00 - Session 3. Report and debate on the visit

15:00 to 16:30 - Round Table 3 - “Social movements and new framing for participation” – Marília Verissimo Veronese (Unisinos), Michela Giovannini (CES, ECOSOL-CES), and Luciane Lucas dos Santos (CES, ECOSOL-CES, Chair)

16:30 to 16:45 - coffee break

16:45 to 17:45 - “The floor is yours”

20:00 - Dinner and social program

September 11th

9:30 to 11:00 - Round Table 4 – “The role of networks in supporting and strengthening Solidarity Economy initiatives” – Jason Nardi (RIPESS), Julio Ricardo (RedPES), Jordi Estivill (XES/UAB), Milena Tasheva-Petrova (UACEG), and Eber Quiñonez (FEUC/ECOSOL-CES, Chair)

11:00 to 11:15 - coffee break

11:15 to 12:30 - Closing session “New frameworks to address Solidarity Economy issues” - Rogério Roque Amaro (ISCTE-IUL) and Sílvia Ferreira (CES/FEUC)


Ana Cordeiro Santos, PhD in Philosophy and Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), where she is member of the Science, Economy and Society Research Group (NECES). Her research interests include the topics of financialisation, household indebtedness and housing. She has also worked on the epistemic, social and political implications of economics, namely the role of its recent developments in the construction of markets and other social institutions. Between 2011 and 2014, she has coordinated the project BEHAVE - A Behavioral Approach to Consumer Credit Decision-Making, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and between 2011 and 2016, the Work Package Finance and Well-being of the European FP7 project FESSUD - Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development. Currently, she is the PI of the project FINHABIT - Inhabiting in Financial Times: Housing and the Production of Space in Democratic Portugal, funded by FEDER and FCT. She is the author of various national and international scientific publications.

Andrés Spognardi is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, integrating the Research Group POSTRADE. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Economy from the University of Mar del Plata (Argentina), a Master's Degree in Cooperative Organisations from the University of Bologna (Italy), and a PhD in Political Science from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy). He has been research trainee at the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (Italy), and visiting scholar at the universities of Columbia (USA) and Valencia (Spain). His research interests lie at the intersection between economic sociology, political sociology, and organisational studies. His current research project, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), aims to explain the divergent evolution of industrial self-management in Portugal and Spain since the time both countries completed their transition to democracy in the mid-1970s.

Beatriz Caitana da Silva is a sociologist and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra (UC, Portugal). She is currently a member of the scientific coordination of the H2020 project URBiNAT, which focuses on the inclusive urban regeneration of social housing neighbourhoods of 7 European cities through the implementation of nature-based solutions in the public space as a result of a co-creation process involving municipalities and different interest groups in the intervention areas. She is also a member of CES’ study group on solidarity economy (ECOSOL-CES). PhD student at FEUC, her academic research focuses on alternative economies, namely social and solidarity economy, social incubation and co-production initiatives. She is a founder member of the academic social incubator of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (FEUC), and visiting professor in social and solidarity economy at the Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal). Her professional background and areas of expertise also include the coordination of projects for national and international non-for-profit organisations in Brazil, dedicated to children and adolescents' rights, as well as the development of social indicators and tools for the the monitoring and evaluation of public policies for children.

Eber Quiñonez is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra (FEUC). He holds a Master’s degree in Social intervention, innovation and entrepreneurship from the same institution. His research interests are: solidarity economy, family farm and small producers, food security and food sovereignty, production and consumption circuits. His current research is focused on short supply circuits which are connected with solidarity economy in Portugal. He was granted by Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Program. He is member of the study group on Solidarity Economy at CES (ECOSOL-CES).

Isabelle Hillenkamp is a socio-economist, researcher at the Research Institute for Development (IRD, France) and member of the Centre for Social Sciences Studies on the African, American and Asian Worlds (CESSMA, Paris). Based on qualitative surveys, her research focuses on the popular and Solidarity Economy from a socio-economic perspective, attentive to the links between economic practices and social relations. She has conducted research in Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil. Since 2014, she has been developing research in partnership with the feminist, Solidarity Economy and agroecology movements in Brazil. She holds a PhD in development studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jean-Louis Laville is research director at the Collège d'Etudes Mondiales of Paris and professor in the chair “Economie Solidaire” in CNAM, researcher in LISE (CNAM-CNRS) and IFRIS. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the EMES International Research Network and founding member of the Latin American Researchers Network on Social and Solidarity Economy (RILESS). Author in 1994 of "Economie solidaire: une perspective international", where was laid the foundations of his perspective on Solidarity Economy, he is regularly invited by universities and research laboratories around the world, such as the CRIDIS at the University of Louvain and the CRISES, Montréal. He is the editor the collections Sociologie Economique, Solidarité et Société and Poiesis & Praxis.

Jordi Estivill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Barcelona and a former Director of the Office of Social Studies of Barcelona (1984-2002). Coordinator of numerous research projects and author of numerous publications, he is the director of the editorial line Politicas Europeas of HACER. He is a specialist in social policies and Solidarity Economy, having been a founding member of the Catalonian Network for Solidarity Economy and an international adviser to the Poverty and Social Exclusion Observatories of Catalonia, Budapest, and Lisbon. Being a visiting professor at several universities, he was awarded the prize for the best professional trajectory in the social field conferred by the government of Catalonia (2010).

Lars Hulgård is a sociologist and holds a PhD in Public Administration. He is Professor at the University of Roskilde (RUC), Denmark, where he founded the Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006 and leads the research group in Social Innovation and Organisational Learning, as well as a Master's Degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Management. He researches, teaches and publishes on the themes of social innovation, social work, social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and co-production in social service. He was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Harvard (2004), California (1998) and Mannheim (1992) and president of the Sociological Association of Denmark. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the EMES Network, of which he was President between 2010 and 2015 and a founding member.

Luciane Lucas dos Santos is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, integrating and co-coordinating the Research Group on Democracy, Citizenship and Law (DECIDe) as well as the Study Group on Solidarity Economy (ECOSOL-CES). She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2004) and a Master's Degree from the same institution (1999). She worked as senior lecturer and researcher at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ/Brazil), having consolidated a long academic career there. She has moved to Sociology for 15 years, working on consumption studies, Economic Sociology, and Feminist Economics. Her main research and lecturing interests are: Feminist Economics, Feminist Aesthetics, postcolonial feminisms, postcolonial and decolonial studies on consumption and Economics, poverty and social inequalities from an interseccional perspective, Global South within Europe.

Marilia Verissimo Veronese holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). She is a professor and researcher at a programme of postgraduate studies on Social Sciences, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS). She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Her research is focused on the issues of subjectivities and self-management, Solidarity Economy, mental health and psychosocial suffering, inequalities and collective life in periferal communities.

Michela Giovannini is a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow at the CES, integrating the research group POSTRADE and its sub-group ECOSOL-CES. She holds a PhD in Local Development and Global Dynamics at the University of Trento, Italy (2014) and a Laurea in Political Science (University of Padova, 2001). Her main studies focused on social and Solidarity Economy organisations in Latin America, such as indigenous grassroots initiatives in Mexico and their contribution to buen vivir, and recyclers' organisations in Chile. Her current research project is devoted to analyse the political dimension of social and Solidarity Economy organisations connected to anti-austerity social movements in Spain and Portugal. Her research interests focus on social and Solidarity Economy in Latin America and Europe, indigenous socioeconomic initiatives, community development, anti-austerity social movements.

Nathalie Nunes is researcher at CES and currently member of the co-coordination team of URBiNAT (H2020 project). She is graduate in International and European Law (University of Paris Nanterre, France), and holds a professional master's degree in International Careers (University of Auvergne-Clermont 1, France), as well as a research master's degree in International and European Law of fundamental rights (University of Nantes, France). PhD candidate in sociology of law at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), her thesis project is on the 2005 urban uprisings in the French suburbs. She got international experience in Cape Verde as a trainee for the French Embassy, and as a project assistant for UNICEF. In Brazil, from 2004 to 2010, she worked in several sectors, namely in a law firm, in a communication agency specialised in sustainability, and some NGOs. In both France and Brazil, she collaborated as a professional and volunteer with organisations, by promoting and defending human rights, children's rights and the environment. From 2011 to 2015, she was partner of an online communication agency. Most recently she was head of development at the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Paris.

Nathalie Vallet studied Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp (1985-1989) and finalised her PhD at the University of Nijenrode in the Netherlands (2001). At present she teaches on Management, Organisation Management and Strategic Management within several academic (bachelor/master) and post-academic programs of the University of Antwerp. Her major research interest focuses on strategic management and strategy implementation in the public sector. During the last 13 years she has was involved in several policy-related research projects from different types of organisations such as local governments, cities, higher education institutions, police organisations, penitentiary institutions, social economy organisations and public libraries. Finally, she is also specialised in qualitative research methods (Grounded Theory).

Pedro Hespanha holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Coimbra (1990) and he is a retired professor at the Faculty of Economics in the same University. Founding member of the Centre for Social Studies (CES), he co-coordinates the Study Group on Solidarity Economy (ECOSOL-CES) since 2008. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and visiting professor at the Universities of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Växjö (Sweden), Agostinho Neto (Angola) and Andalusia (Spain). He has researched, published and lectured in the areas of rural sociology, social policy, health and disability studies and, more recently, popular and solidarity economy. He was President of the Directive Board of the Faculty of Economics of Coimbra between 2002 and 2004, President of the Scientific Board of CES between 2010 and 2013 and member of the General Council of the University of Coimbra between 2012 and 2016.

Rogério Roque Amaro is Economist, PhD from the Université des Sciences Sociales II of Grenoble. Associate Professor of ISCTE (Department of Political Economy), he teaches in the fields of Development and Social and Solidarity Economy. He is founder of RedPES - Portuguese Network of Solidarity Economy - as well as founding partner and Scientific Committee President at the Centre for Studies on the Atlantic Solidarity Economy (ACEESA, Ponta Delgada). He is also the director of ACEESA’s journal. He currently belongs to the Advisory Board of RIPESS - Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy and also to RIUESS - Inter-University Network of Social and Solidarity Economy. He is a member of the Installing Commission of the Lusophone Network for Development and Social and Solidarity Economy.

Sílvia Ferreira holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Lancaster (UK) and is a professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, where she coordinates the graduation in Sociology as well as the PhD in Sociology and a Post-Graduation Course in Social Economy. She is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and at the Centre for Cooperative Studies and Social Economy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of EMES – an International Research Network. Her research has focused on: the third sector and social policies, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the social and Solidarity Economy, volunteering, social economy and the crisis in Portugal and governance through local state / third sector partnerships

Application and registration

Applications are open until May 20, 2020. For logistical reasons, the Summer School can only accommodate up to 30 participants and operate with the minimum number of 20 enrolled persons.

Those interested in the summer school should submit a letter of motivation and a short CV (maximum 2 pages each) [HERE]. The letter of motivation - which may be written in English - should explain the interest in Solidarity Economy and the contribution that participation in this summer school can bring to the academic or activist path of the candidate. Although a minimum academic degree is not required, the format adopted applies mainly to researchers and PhD students who are concerned with theoretical /epistemological issues on Solidarity Economy. For them, the summer school also offers the possibility of having personalised orientation meetings with academic specialists.

The result of the selection process will be communicated by email by May 31, 2020, and from that date on, those whose applications have been accepted must register online and pay the due fee.

Registration covers: participation in thematic sessions and other planned activities; folders with reading material; transportation for visits to Solidarity Economy initiatives; coffee-breaks, opening and closing dinners. Not included in the registration: trip to Lisbon, accommodation (a list of hotels and prices will be available) and meals (a list of restaurants near the venue of the Summer School will be available).

Registration fee

Until June 10: Students: € 350; Other participants: € 400;

From June 11 to August 4: Students: € 450; Other participants: € 500


The registration fee will only be refunded if a letter is sent justifying the cancellation and it is requested up to 30 days before the start of Summer School.

Important dates

NEW Application deadline: May 20, 2020

Acceptance of application: until May 31, 2020

Deadline for early registration: June 10, 2020

Last deadline: August 4, 2020


Any doubts or questions regarding registration, accommodation, and issuance of invitation letters (if necessary to obtain funds or visas) must be addressed by email to:

About Centre for Social Studies

The Centre for Social Studies (CES) was created at the University of Coimbra four years after April 25, 1974, date of the Carnation Revolution and has been headed until recently by the sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

CES is today a scientific institution oriented to advanced research and training in the social sciences and humanities. It has a large group of researchers (about 120) who develop their work in several areas. Among them are sociologists, economists, jurists, anthropologists, historians, specialists in the fields of education, literature, culture and international relations, geographers, architects, engineers, and biologists.

Over the last few years, CES has experienced a remarkable expansion of scientific activity. Its research staff has steadily increased, research projects have grown, international cooperation networks have grown, cooperation with the outside world has grown, and its main instruments of scientific dissemination are showing signs of strong vitality. CES comprises five research groups and six observatories, hosts 12 doctoral programmes, organises several advanced training courses, produces seven periodical publications (three of which are indexed) and one book series.

Since 1997, the excellence of its scientific merit has been recognised and, in February 2002, CES was awarded Associated Laboratory status, based, on the one hand, on the demonstrated capacity to develop innovative research on Portuguese society as well as on the current transformations worldwide, with emphasis on semiperipheral societies and the Global South, particularly in Portuguese-speaking countries; and, on the other hand, the involvement of the Centre in matters of public interest, in particular in public policies and new forms of regulation; in the relations between scientific knowledge and citizens’ participation; and in the relations between the legal system and the reform of the administration of justice.

CES is located in Coimbra, a city of 120 thousand inhabitants in the central region of Portugal. With a history that dates back to the end of the 13th century, the University of Coimbra is the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. On June 22, 2013, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (see more at

About Ecosol-CES

Since 2008, ECOSOL-CES has been strengthening its position as a research group on Solidarity Economy, with attention to what has been happening in Portugal and always in dialogue with other experiences in Europe and outside Europe, particularly in Latin America.

In recent years, it has been present in the theoretical and epistemological debate and in the identification of the field experiences that characterise and specify the Solidarity Economy in Portugal, as marked by old and new collective experiences of production, consumption, credit and social reproduction. Ecosol-CES has been investing in the strengthening and dissemination of its academic production, in thematic seminars and in the building of international partnerships, increasingly integrated into the academic challenges assumed by the Centre for Social Studies.

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