Carlo Borzaga


Universities & Institutions

  • University of Trento
  • European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse)

Areas of Interest

  • Social enterprise
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Impact assessment
  • Nonprofit management
  • Governance & citizen participation
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Development economics & local development


Carlo Borzaga is currently the President Emeritus of Euricse, after serving as President from 2008 to 2022. Prior, he was a full professor of Economic Policy in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, where he chaired the Masters programme on the Management of Social Enterprises (GIS). He was also one of the co-founders of the European EMES (Emergence of Social Enterprises) network and helped to found, and then chaired, Iris Network (the Italian network of research institutions dealing with social enterprises).

His main research interests are in the labor market, economic analysis of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, cooperatives in general and social cooperatives in particular, and the evolution of these organizational forms at the European and international levels. He also follows issues related to welfare systems and the organization of the supply of social and health services.

From 1997 to 2008 he was the President of the Institute for the Study and Development of Nonprofit Companies (ISSAN), and from 2003 to 2006 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics. He has written and co-edited numerous books and essays concerning the subject of the labor market, social and cooperative enterprises, and welfare systems. He has also served as an editor or member of the scientific committee at a number of journals, including the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD), Impresa Sociale, Economia e Lavoro, Revue des études coopératives mutualistes et associatives, and the Social Enterprise Journal.

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