Professor Marthe Nyssens


Universities & Institutions

  • UC Louvain
  • EMES

Expertise & Research

  • Conceptual approaches to the third sector
  • Social economy
  • Social enterprises
  • Work integration and care
  • Public policy

Marthe Nyssens is a Full professor at the Department of Economics of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium,where she is the president of a research center ‘Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Travail, Etat, Société (CIRTES). She is a founding member of the EMES European Research Network.

She holds a Master in economics (University of California at San Diego),) and a Ph.D. in economics (University of Louvain). Her work focuses on conceptual approaches to the third sector (associations, cooperatives, social enterprises), both in developed and developing countries (West Africa and Latin America), as well as on the links between third sector organisations and public policies. Her research deals with socioeconomic logics of “not-for-profit organizations”. She analyses the articulations of these organizations with public policies, the market and the civil society.

Her recent work focuses on the emergence of different social enterprise models in an international comparative perspective as well as the role of social enterprise in the field of work integration and care. These research projects have been developed in partnership with socioeconomic actors (third sector organisations, public bodies…) and in collaboration with the national and international scientific community.

In addition to numerous articles in academic journals and chapters in books, she has authored or (co-)edited books among which Social Enterprise (Routledge, 2006 also in Korean), and The Worldwide Making of the Social Economy: Innovations and Changes (Acco, Leuven, 2009).

1985 Candidature en sciences économiques Fac Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix à Namur
1987 Licenciée en sciences économiques Université catholique de Louvain
1988 Master of Arts in Economics University of California at San Diego
1994 Docteur en sciences économiques Université catholique de Louvain

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