Editorial Committee

The following members of the Editorial Committee are SSE experts and academics around the globe who will outline the structure of the encyclopedia as well as discuss, select and finalize the entries to be featured in the encyclopedia.

Ilcheong Yi

Ilcheong YI is Senior Research Coordinator, Alternative Economies for Transformation / Transformative Social Policy programmes at UNRISD. He joined UNRISD in October 2008. He was trained as a political scientist (B.A. and M.A. from the Department of Political Science, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea) and as a social policy analyst (D.Phil from Oxford University, UK). His research interests lie in the issues associated with economic and social policies to address poverty and inequality and promote sustainable development and alternative economies such as social and solidarity economy.  He published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and books including Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies Opportunities and Challenges (Plagrave Macmillan and UNRISD), Learning from Korean Developmental Success: Effective Developmental Cooperation and Synergistic Institutions and Policies (Palgrave Macmillan and UNRISD), The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy (Oxford University Press). Before joining UNRISD, Ilcheong was Associate Professor at Kyushu University, Japan (2004-2008), Korea Foundation Visiting Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia (2003-2004), and Visiting Research Fellow at the Stein Rokkan Centre, University of Bergen, Norway (2002-2003). Ilcheong Yi is in charge of this SSE Encyclopedia project and coordinate Editorial Committee.






Barbara Sak

Barbara Sak is Senior economic researcher and Managing Director of CIRIEC (International Centre of Information and Research on Public, Social and Cooperative Economy), on CIRIEC’s payroll for nearly 30 years.  She has contributed to and co-directed several national and international inter-disciplinary researches and projects (grouping up to 25-30 researchers) in the field of services of general and collective interest, be they of economic or non-economic nature, and concerning public enterprises.  Her main field of expertise consists of public policy issues regarding regulation, provision and organisation modes, financing and evaluation of such services, notably with respect to the various types of providers, including those stemming from the public sector and the so-called third sector or social economy (namely, cooperatives, mutual associations, foundations, not-for-profit organisations).  She also follows the European Community legal framework impacting services of general interest and the financing of public service missions/obligations.  Further, she has a good knowledge of policy issues at stake and numerous contacts with the main stakeholders involved in such issues.


Caroline Hossein

Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein is Associate Professor of Global Development and Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is Founder of Diverse Solidarity Economies (DiSE) Collective pushing for equitable economies. She holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2018-2023) and her project “African origins in the Social Economy” was funded by the SSHRC (2017-2020). Dr. Hossein is an elected board member to the International Association of Feminist Economics, academic advisor at Oxford University Press and an editorial board member to the U.N. Task Force for the Social and Solidarity Economy. Dr. Hossein is the author of Politicized microfinance (2016), co-author to Critical Introduction to Business and Society (2017) and editor of The Black Social Economy (2018), as well as numerous book chapters and articles, and she has a forthcoming co-edited book Community Economies in the Global South by Oxford University Press.


Cecilia Navarra

Cecilia Navarra has a PhD in Economics from the University of Torino (Italy) and is currently policy analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service in Brussels. She has been research fellow at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Trento, Italy) and has collaborated with the Institute also in the following years, especially on topics related to agricultural cooperatives in Africa. Her work is at the crossroads of social economy and development economics, she has worked on agrarian cooperatives, worker cooperatives and on the non-profit sector. She has also done research on migration and gender inequalities. She has been post-doc at the Centre of Research in the Economics of Development at University of Namur (Belgium) and research fellow at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala (Sweden). She has been visiting scholar at DIAL (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France), and at UNU-WIDER (Finland). She has also been working as a consultant for UNIDO, development agencies and NGOs, with a special focus on employment, social economy and gender inequalities in the Global South.



Denison Jayasooria

Denison Jayasooria is currently the Head of the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia on Sustainable Development Goals (APPGM-SDG), appointed by Malaysian Parliament House on Oct 17, 2019. He is also the Co-chair of the Malaysia CSO SDG Alliance. He is a member of the National SDG Steering Committee established by the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Ministers Department, Malaysia since 2016. He is chair of the Asian Solidarity Economy Council and Board member of the Intercontinental Network for social solidarity economy (RIPESS). He is a trustee of the Foundation for Community Studies & Development (YKPM) and a Hon fellow of the Institute of International Harmony and Sustainable Development, Hong Kong, China. He holds a PhD in sociology and is Practice Professor for Public Advocacy at the Institute of ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (UKM) where he is an associate Research Fellow.


Fernanda Wanderley

Fernanda Wanderley holds a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University and is the Director of the Institute for social and economic research at the Catholic University (IISEC-UCB), La Paz, Bolivia, and formerly Professor at the University of San Andres (CIDES-UMSA), Center for Development Studies and visiting professor at Gothenburg University and Padua University. She has written widely on Bolivian and Latin American development and public policy, care work, labour market, feminist economy and social and solidarity economy, and women’s and children’s rights. She has written books and articles on these subjects. More information can be found at : https://fernandawanderley.academia.edu/ and www.iisec.ucb.edu.bo



Jacques Defourny

Jacques Defourny is a Professor of Non-Profit and Cooperative Economics, and Comparative Economic Systems at HEC – Management School of the University of Liège (Belgium) where he served until recently as the director of the Centre for Social Economy that he founded in 1992. J.Defourny holds a Master in Economics (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium), a Master of Public Administration (Cornell University, USA) and a Ph.D. in Economics (University of Liège). He was a founding coordinator (1996-2001) and the first president (2002-2010) of the EMES International Research Network, now a world leading network which gathers 14 university research centres and some 150 individual researchers working on social enterprises, social entrepreneurship, the social and solidarity economy and the third sector issues across all world regions.

In 2013, J. Defourny launched (with M. Nyssens) the “International Comparative Social Enterprise Models” (ICSEM) project jointly carried out by more than 230 researchers from 55 countries across the world. First scheduled over 5 years, the ICSEM Project actually attracted an increasing number of research partners as well as new funding partners which all together have generated an impressive flow of outputs.


Jean-Louis Laville

Jean-Louis Laville is a Professor at Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) where he holds the chair for the Solidarity economy.  For many years he directed a laboratory in the national center of scientific research in France and he is now a researcher at Collège d’études mondiales, a center dedicated to global research encouraging dialogue between the global South and the global North located in Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris. He is also associated to CRISES (Canada), Cridis (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique) and Universidad Federal de Bahia (UFBA, Brasil).

He is also a founding member of EMES, International Research Network and of Riless (Red de investigatores lationaméricanes de economia sociale y solidaria).

At the beginning of the 21st century he organized a multidisciplinary and international network in order to publish in different languages and across different continents. The result was the first collection of works presenting realities of the social and solidarity economy and additional aspects of the « other economy » : Dictionnaire de l’autre économie, Paris, Galimard – Diccionario internacional de outra economia, Coimbra and Sao Paulo, Almedina Ediçoes – Diccionario de la otra economía, Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento – Dizionario dell’altra economia, Roma, Sapere 2000, The  Human Economy , London, Polity Press.


Peter Utting

Peter was the Deputy Director of UNRISD where he also coordinated research projects on the global financial crisis, corporate social responsibility, business regulation, and the role of civil society actors in governance. He was responsible for overseeing the preparation of several of the Institute’s flagship reports, including States of Disarray: The Social Effects of Globalization and Visible Hands: Taking Responsibility for Social Development.

Prior to joining UNRISD in 1992 Peter worked for 12 years in Central America on a range of development and environment issues, including the social impact of structural adjustment programmes, deforestation, agrarian reform and food security. Peter has a PhD and other degrees in Sociology and Development Studies. In 2011, he was Visiting Senior Scholar at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada.

After his retirement, Peter Utting became an UNRISD Senior Research Associate in September 2014.



Rocio Nogales-Muriel

Rocío Nogales-Muriel is the Managing Director of the EMES International Research Network since 2004. She earned her PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2017 on the topic of social innovation in cultural and artistic social enterprises. In particular, she studied the scaling-up process of the SMart cooperative model. Her thesis was distinguished with the ENCATC 2020 Research Award on Cultural Policy and Management. She was a member of the Experts Group on Social Enterprise of the European Commission (GECES) from 2013 to 2017 and currently represents EMES as Observer member in the UNTFSSE. She is a member of REScoop.eu Working Group on Gender. In 2020 she was the rapporteuse of the Toledo Declaration for the Social Economy, which was signed by 19 Member States.

She teaches at Complutense University and UNED in Spain and Roskilde University in Denmark and delivers lectures and workshops across a varied group of organizations. Her most recent publications include “Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe. Comparative synthesis report”, “Unlocking the transformative potential of culture and the arts through social enterprise”, and “The commons and new institutionalities in art and culture: Towards a cultural sovereignty and democracy?” (in Spanish). She is also co-editor of the book series “Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation”. She is a member of the Council of the Spanish SMart cooperative and of the Spanish Network of Community Culture Entities and Agents (REACC). More recently, she co-launched Luminosas, an initiative aimed at raising awareness on issues of gender equality and social justice through photography and poetry.


Sifa Chiyoge

Dr. Chiyoge B. Sifa holds a Ph.D. Strategic Management and has had over 25 years of work experience cutting across communication, aviation, humanitarian services, academia, agriculture, and cooperatives development across Africa. She has also served as a Senior Lecturer and Examiner in several universities in Africa. She has travelled widely for the promotion of higher education, agriculture and cooperative development and marketing. She has also consulted various local and international organisations, both profit and non-profit, as well as governments on policy advocacy and reform, organizational development, business transformation, resource mobilization, and alternative financial instruments in human and sustainable development.

Dr. Sifa is the immediate former EU-Africa Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Representative on the European Commission Policy Forum on Development (PFD) and former Co-operatives representative to the European Economic and Social Committee – Africa Caribbean and Pacific- European Commission (EESC- ACP-EU) follow up committee of the (European Commission) EC, and the current Regional Director and CEO of International Co-operative Alliance-Africa. She is currently leading the development and operationalization of the Alliance Africa Agricultural Co-operative Organisation, a vehicle for smallholder producers to secure their livelihoods and play a greater role in meeting the growing demand for food on local, national and international markets, and to contribute to poverty alleviation, food security and the eradication of hunger.