Membership Category

  • Regular


  • HEC Montréal


  • Economy
  • Management


  • Management of collective enterprises
  • Cooperatives (work organization, governance, business models)
  • Social Innovation & Transformation
  • Governance in the social and circular economy
  • New forms of work and collective entrepreneurship in the social economy
  • Action research in the social economy

Scientific activities and affiliations

  • Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives
  • Social Impact Hub (IDEOS)
  • Center for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES)
  • The Social Dynamics and Recomposition of Spaces Laboratory (LADYSS)
  • Terr'ESS chair


Justine is interested in the processes of social innovation, driven by democratically organized actors (collectives, NPOs, workers' and solidarity cooperatives), working towards social transformation, and in particular social and ecological transition and the circular economy. More specifically, she studies the specific nature of management in these organizations - in terms of work organization, cooperation between people and between organizations, management tools and democratic and participative governance - and of their plural socio-economic models, combining different socio-productive logics (market, social, collective, public, environmental and territorial). Justine looks at the social relations of production that run through these organizations (environment, wage-earning, etc.). 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.

Affiliated research axes

Change and Transition Management

Planning Optimization

Resource and Product Maximization

Policy levers

Projects funded by the RRECQ

Democratic and participatory governance models in social economy and sustainability in circular economy


The project aims to identify and acknowledge the democratic and participatory governance models and mechanisms of social economy enterprises (SEEs) that are conducive to sustainability in a circular economy.

Very few empirical studies have focused on the contributions, conditions and modalities of democratic, participatory and inclusive governance as a lever for the implementation of circular systems. Yet, the research conducted over the past few years by Territoires innnovants en économie sociale et solidaire (TIESS) on circular business models in a social economy has increasingly emphasized the need to better understand the democratic and participatory governance models that are at work.

The project is part of an initiative led by TIESS for the past five years and aims to position and deploy the social economy as a partner in a sustainable circular economy. The four team members are also contributing to an international research network on the social economy and circular economy that is currently under development at the initiative of two of the team’s researchers.


  • Action research
  • Governance
  • Participatory research
  • Social and solidarity economy
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec