Editorial Committee

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


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 in 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 counts numerous contacts with the main stakeholders interested in such issues.


Caroline Hossein

Caroline Shenaz Hossein is Associate Professor of Business & Society in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the Founder of the Diverse Solidarity Economies (DiSE) Collective. Author of Politicized Microfinance: Money, power and violence in the Black Americas (University of Toronto Press, 2016)–winner of the 2019 Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Argawal Book prize from the International Feminist Economics Association and co-winner of the 2018 Du Bois Distinguished Book Award. She is the editor of The Black Social Economy: Exploring community-based diverse markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and co-author of Business & Society: A Critical Introduction (Zed, 2017). Currently she is working on her fourth book project, mutual aid groups among Black women in the Global South and West as well as a documentary on money cooperatives by Black Canadian women. She holds a PhD in Political Science (University of Toronto), an MPA (Cornell University), an LL.B (University of Kent at Canterbury) and BA (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax). Dr. Hossein holds a 2017-20 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s Insight Development Grant for a project titled ‘African Origins in the Social Economy’ and 2018 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario government examining social innovation among the African diaspora and racialized small businesses. She has held visiting fellowships from IDS-University of Guyana, Inter-University in Haiti, University of West Indies/Mona, Jamaica, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia and Jadavapur University in Kolkata, India. For a decade, Dr. Hossein worked in global non-profits, including managing a community bank in Niger, West Africa. More information can be found at www.Caroline-Shenaz-Hossein.com


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 Full Professor of Non-Profit and Cooperative Economics, and Comparative Economic Systems at HEC – Management School of the University of Liège (Belgium) where he served untill recently as a director of the Centre for Social Economy 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 enterprise, 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 carried out jointly by more than 230 researchers from 55 countries across all world regions. 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 until the end of 2020.

Professor Defourny served as an editor of the Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics and he is currently a member of the Editorial Board of various international scientific journals: Voluntas, Social Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Voluntary Sector Review, Revista de Economía Pública, Social y Cooperativa and Revue des Etudes Coopératives, Mutualistes et Associatives.


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.


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 is widely travelled in promotion of higher education, agriculture and cooperatives development and marketing. She has also consulted for various local and international organisations, both profit and non-profit, and government 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. 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