Social Economy Project Consortium

York St John University, UK (lead organisation)

Catalina Quiroz Niño and Margaret Meredith

York St John is a civic university with roots going back to the 1840s. It is committed to the provision of excellent, open and progressive higher education that embraces difference, challenges prejudice and promotes justice, and is shaped by York St John’s Church foundation. It aims to extend and deepen its external contribution regionally, nationally and globally. Within the Business School York St John courses embed principles of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.


University of San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Peru

Created on March 1st, 1962 by a brief Election of Pope Innocente XII given in Rome, Santa Maria La Mayor and ratified by King Carlos II of Spain by royal decree named EXEQUATUR in Madrid on June 1st, 1692.

Currently it has 21 faculties, 41 professional careers, 29 academic departments, 12 master courses and 2 doctoral programs, it is the fourth largest public university in Peru and hosts 16, 347 undergraduate students and about 1,300 graduate students.

It also has a Post-Graduate School, an Institute of Systems, offering various computer courses, a language center that provides language teaching in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Quechua. It also has a pre-university centre for secondary school graduates and a complementary Academic Program for Teachers, which allows them access to Bachelor of Education Degree.

Under the University Act in force in the country and other normative documents for internal management that allow proper academic and administrative progress, the Research Vicerrectorado has been created. This office is responsible for improving basic, strategic and applied research, technology transfer and scientific innovation.

Through the Project "Enhancing Social Studies and Practice of Economy & Social Capital in Higher Education", the university will develop a unique research in Peru using CANON funding adapting the reality of the country to study a curriculum that can incorporate these issues of vital importance to the region and country.


Centre for African Studies, University of Oporto, Portugal

Miguel Filipe Silva and La Salete Coelho

The Centre for African Studies of the University of Porto (CEAUP) was founded in 1997, and since then it has been a Research and Development Unit financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. CEAUP is a multidisciplinary and multicultural space, gathering a diverse group of researchers, professors, students and institutions, from Portuguese, African and Latin-American backgrounds and from several fields of social and human sciences, including Education and Development Studies, fundamental and applied research mainly on Africa and the "Global South". CEAUP has been a Non-Governmental Organization for Development since 2007, and its core is to provide technical and scientific support to Portuguese NGDOs.
Since 1999 CEAUP has published a scientific review, Africana Studia, as well as other publications related to the issues studied in the Centre.


MIK - Mondragon University, Spain

Saioa Arando

MIK (Mondragon Innovation & Knowledge) is a research center dedicated to the specialized management of social and organizational innovation. It is located in Oñati and Irun (Gipuzkoa, Spain) and is part of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation and Mondragon University. Mondragon Corporation is the biggest cooperative experience in the world, employing more than 83.000 employees. Its business philosophy is contained in its Corporate Values:

  • Co-operation
  • Participation
  • Social Responsibility
  • Innovation

The Corporation’s mission combines the core goals of a business organisation competing on international markets with the use of democratic methods in its business organisation, the creation of jobs, the human and professional development of its workers and a pledge to development within its social environment.

MIK is also part of Mondragon University, which is a young university, open to the world, ready to face the future with a cooperative character that stands out from its origins because of its close relationship with the business world and innovation. Mondragon University is closely linked to the labour market, in order to shape the training offer according to the enterprises’ and organizations’ needs.


Universidad Mayor de San Simon, CESU, Bolivia

Dra. Ma.Esther Pozo; Dr Carlos Crespo

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