During this webinar, we will have the opportunity to discover the results of three projects funded by the Network. Please note that the presentation will be in French.

Democratic and participatory governance models and mechanisms for social economy enterprises (SEEs)

Martine Vézina, Justine Ballon and Amélie Artis will present the research results of their project entitled “Democratic and participative governance models in the social economy and sustainability in the circular economy”, conducted in collaboration with Rafael Ziegler.

Mapping the integration policy of the North-East electricity sector

Benjamin Cayouette will present the research results of his project entitled “Mapping the Political Economy of Regional Electricity Integration in Northeastern Canada and the United States”, carried out under the supervision of Mark Purdon. The aim of this project is to conduct comparative research on the political economy of energy transitions in Quebec, New York, New England and the Maritimes.

Recycling activities within integration companies

Ambre Fourrier will present the preliminary research results of her project entitled “The invisible little hands of the circular economy : Investigation into waste sorting work for integration companies in Quebec”, carried out under the supervision of Éric Pineault. What is this sorting work, who does it and under what conditions? This project is intended to contribute to the debate on public policies governing the circular economy and socio-professional integration.

About the speakers

Martine Vézina

Martine is interested in the trajectory and conditions of transformative social innovation in social economy enterprises, particularly at the diffusion and institutionalization stages. She is also interested in the effects of democratic governance as a factor in enabling social innovation. Her empirical research focuses on sectors of activity (agri-food and finance) and types of strategy (circular economy, responsible finance) in the social economy. She is co-director of the Social and Collective Organizations research axis of the CRISES research center on social innovations and social transformation. She is a member of the International Research Network on Social Economy and Circular Economy.

Justine Ballon

Justine is interested in the processes of social innovation, driven by actors working towards social transformation, and in particular social and ecological transition and the circular economy. More specifically, she studies the specificity of management in these organizations and their plural socio-economic models. Theoretically, she takes an institutionalist approach to economics, crossing Regulation Theory with work on social innovation, the social economy and the circular economy. Her work is based on participatory action research and social inquiry. She is a member of the Réseau de recherche international en économie sociale et économie circulaire.

Amélie Artis

Her research questions the place and role of social economy collective enterprises involved in economic activities in several sectors. Amélie analyzes the specific features and dynamics of these enterprises in specific sectors (finance, consumption, energy, mobility) and develops a comparative analysis in sectoral and territorial regulations. Her work is structured around 3 axes: the specificities of SSE enterprises in several sectors (1), enabling her to shed specific light on cooperatives as an institutional form of collective enterprise (2), then to anchor it in territorial dynamics (3). She is a member of the International Research Network on Social Economy and Circular Economy.

Benjamin Cayouette

Benjamin is a master’s student at the École des Sciences de la Gestion de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and is being directed by Mark Purdon to map the political economy of regional electricity integration in northeastern Canada and the United States as part of his dissertation. Then, under the supervision of Mr. Albert Lejeune, Mr. Julien Mercier and Mr. David Holford, he took part in a research project aimed at contributing to the development of autonomous and resilient learners, citizens of Canada and the world, in the field of education for sustainable development through experimentation and emancipatory play. Finally, Mr. Cayouette holds a degree in International Studies from Univsersité de Montréal and is certified by La Factry School of Innovation. He is a teaching assistant in ESG’s Management Department.

Ambre Fourrier

Ambre Fourrier is a doctoral student in sociology at UQAM. As part of her thesis, she is working on taking charge of recycling, and is more broadly interested in the way in which discourses on the circular economy take into account the question of work. She holds a master’s degree in Management and Social Innovation from HEC Montréal, and is also the author of an essay entitled Le revenu de base en question de l’impôt négatif au revenu de transition, published by Écosociété in 2019.

The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec