Marthe Nyssens holds a Master in economics (University of California at San Diego), and a Ph.D. in economics (University of Louvain). She is, currently, the EMES president. Her research work has focused on conceptual approaches to the third sector (associations, cooperatives, social enterprises…), both in developed and developing countries, as well as on the links between third sector organisations and public policies. Her research deals with socioeconomic logics of “not-for-profit organisations”. She analyses the articulations of these organisations with public policies, the market and the civil society. She investigates the role of these kinds of organisations in comparison with business and public bodies in several fields such as work integration, care or the commons. Her recent work focuses on the emergence of different social enterprise models in an international comparative perspective. 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.

+32 10 473 992
Full professor at the School of Economics of UCLouvain, Belgium
Member of ‘Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Travail, Etat, Société’ (CIRTES)
Economics School of Louvain, FOPES, IRES
3, place Montesquieu
1348 Louvain-la-neuve


Interuniversity Attraction Pole "if not profit, for what": IAP
International Comparative Social Enterprises Models: ICSEM
Chair social and solidarity economy in the South: Chaire ESS

Research Areas

Social economy
Social enterprises
Public policies


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