Economist and sociologist, after having been a researcher at the CNRS and having directed a laboratory, Jean-Louis Laville is currently professor of the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) where he holds the chair of solidarity economy. He is also a researcher at the Lise (CNAM - CNRS) at the Institut Francililien de Recherche on Social Innovation (Ifris).

He is a publisher and director of collections at the Éditions Desclée de Brouwer and Erès.

Translated into various languages (Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese), this work led him to cooperate regularly with several foreign universities (Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Louvain-la-Neuve, Montreal, Quito, Salvador of Bahia, Tokyo, etc.) and to be a founding member of the EMES (European Network on the Emergence of Social Enterprise) research network and RILESS (Red de Investigadores Latinoamericanos de Economia Social and Solidaria). He is also a member of the board of directors of the Polanyi Institute of Political Economy and head of the Economic Sociology Research Committee of the International Association of French-Speaking Sociologists (AISLF).

He is also a member of the Scientific Committee and the Policy Committee of several journals, including the Revue française de socioeconomique, the MAUSS journal, Sociologie du travail, and the Nouvelle journal de psychosociologie.

Research Project

Its analyzes are characterized by a rejection of the compartmentalization between political and economic spheres. They also highlight the relations between the social sciences and political philosophy in order to propose an original approach to the entities of civil society. More broadly, they provide a reflection on the role of these through a re-reading of their history and an international perspective. They lead in particular to an explanation of what associationism is like the social and solidarity economy.

Research notebooks

Selected recent books

Avec Geoffrey. Pleyers, E. lisabetta Buccolo, José-Luis Corragio (dir.), Mouvements sociaux et économie solidaire, Desclée de Brouwer et Editions de la MSH, 2017

Reinventing the Commons in the 21st century - Alter-Economy, Alter - Democracy,2017, Tokyo

L'économie sociale et solidaire. Pratiques, théories, débats, Seuil, 2016, Paris

La economia solidaria, Desde Abajo, 2016, Bogota

Civil Society, the Third Sector and Social Enterprise, Routledge, 2015, Londres et New-York

Asociarse para el bien comùn, Icaria, 2015, Barcelone

Les gauches du XXIe siècle. Un dialogue Nord-Sud, Le Bord de l'eau, 2015, Lormont

Associations et action publique, DDB, 2015, Paris

L'innovation sociale, Erès, 2014, Paris

Reinventar la izquierda. Hacia un dialogo Norte-Sur, 2014, IAEN - UNGS, Quito, Buenos Aires

Socio économie et démocratie. L'actualité de Karl Polanyi, Erès, 2013, Toulouse

L'association. Sociologie et économie, Fayard-Pluriel, 2013, Paris

L'économie solidaire, une perspective internationale, réédition, Fayard - Pluriel, 2013, Paris

La gouvernance des associations, Erès-Poche, 2013, Toulouse

Diccionario de la otra economia, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, réédition, 2013, Buenos Aires

Entreprise sociale et insertion, DDB, 2012, Paris

The Human Economy, Polity Press, 2010, Cambridge

Dictionnaire de l'autre économie, Gallimard - Folio, réédition, 2010, Paris

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06 February 2017


4th EMES-Polanyi International Seminar

Call for papers
The 4th EMES-Polanyi seminar will address the emergence of transition as a new paradigm. The call for papers is open until the 8th of January.

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