Association for Institutional Thought

The Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) is an organization devoted to encouraging and fostering the development of institutional thought in extension and modification of the contributions of Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, Clarence Ayres, John Commons, Wesley Mitchell and others. They offer their ideas and the ideas of other Institutionalists as a basis for inquiry into the interrelationships of society. It was created out of the Western Social Science Association. They host an annual conference to discuss changes and policy implications for institutional thought.

APPAM – Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

This organization sponsors a wide variety of conferences, including ones that take place in the fall and spring and happen nationally and internationally.  APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.  APPAM promotes its mission through activities that include: a multidisciplinary annual research conference, a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal and a dedication to the enhancement of racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, and other forms of diversity among participants in all of the Association’s activities.

ANSER/ARES – Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research

This conference will take place June 1 to 3, 2011.  ANSER/ARES is a dynamic growing association that is organizing its fourth annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues, debates and challenges in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. Join us for what promises to be an engaging and provocative conference. The theme for the fourth conference in Fredericton is: Building communities: Exploring the contributions of nonprofits and the social economy.

ARNOVA – Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

The latest conference was held on November 18-20, 2010 in Alexandria, VA.   ARNOVA’s 39th Annual Conference, focused on the theme “Governments & the Voluntary Sector: Redefining the Relationships?”  This conference is the largest and most significant research conference focusing on nonprofits, philanthropy, voluntary action and civil society to be held on an annual basis. More than 600 prominent scholars and teachers, as well as practice leaders for the nonprofit sector, from across the U.S. and around the world participate annually. The latest on research on a broad range of topics will be presented and discussed.

CASC –  Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation

The CASC conference was during the Annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in 2011 at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The theme was Cooperation in a Changing Economy: The Role of Social Innovation and Collective Entrepreneurship. We invite researchers, students, and practitioners to submit abstracts that reflect on the importance of co-operative research to building equitable and sustainable communities.


CIRIEC – Centre International de Recherches et d’Information
sur l’Economie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative

Originally called the International Centre of Research and Information on Collective Economy, it was set up in Geneva in 1947 and has been operating in Belgium since 1957.  CIRIEC has a quarterly journal and biennial International Congresses throughout the word. More recently, it has established a researcher conference for the off years.  The site is in English, French and German.

Council of European Studies

For decades, scholars interested in Europe have concentrated their attention on state comparisons and on the institutionalization of the European Union. As the second decade of the second millennium gets under way, we can no longer neglect the deep transformations in Europe’s society that have followed the joint processes of globalization and European integration. Trans-nationalization is the word that arguably best captures these transformations, for it encapsulates at once the broadening of the Europeans’ economic, political, social, and cultural experiences that has taken place in the last two to three decades. This conference seeks to revisit previous processes of trans-nationalization so that the analysis of the present may helps us understand the past and the analysis of the past may help us illuminate the present.

ECWD- Easter Conference For Workplace Democracy

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy is an educational and technical training conference for workers interested in forming their own small businesses to grow and preserve family wealth. If you are interested in engaging with the burgeoning network that is our community email  To find out more about the conference, including future locations and themes, please look on our site.


EMES – European Research Network

EMES, in partnership with the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship – Roskilde University, will hold the 3rd annual EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise: Social Innovation through Social Entrepreneurship in Civil Society from July 4-7, 2011 in Roskilde, Denmark.  This conference aims to provide a forum for debate on new research findings and new perspectives/theories on social innovation through social entrepreneurship in civil society. It welcomes multi-disciplinary approaches and critical reflexive research; and although much current research on social enterprise and social entrepreneurship is more developed in Western countries, research on transition and less developed countries is most welcome.


FIESS – International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy

The social and solidarity economy is made up of collective approaches to sustainable development that contributes to building a world that is more fair and just. Within a global context, such an economy can only develop by establishing the link between economy and society, local and global, labor and investment, as well as production, consumption and the environment. An enabling public policy and programming framework is needed for the social and solidarity economy to be able to develop and deliver to its fullest capacity. Then it can become an engine for development and play an increasingly important role in meeting the needs that are not adequately addressed by the public or private economy.  The social and solidarity economy is one of the responses to the current economic crisis, both for the South and the North.

ICA Conference – International Cooperative Alliance

This international conference will take place on the eve of the International Year of Co-operatives 2012, declared by the United Nations to recognize the impact of co-operatives on issues such as poverty reduction, employment, and social integration.
In spite of their important contributions, co-operatives are generally not well understood among the broader public, the media, and political decision makers. There is a serious need for more knowledge about the co-operative model as a business form, about its unique leadership and management structure, and about the application of co-operative practice to a wide variety of activities. Equally important is the role of co-operatives in promoting mutual self-help and social policy reform.  The conference is open to researchers from all disciplines, as well as to practitioners from both private and public enterprises, and civil society organizations.

International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC)

The ISIRC has an annual conference to bring together the global academic community to focus on social entrepreneurship, enterprise, and innovation.

ISRICH Conference

The 6th International Society for Research on Innovation and Change in Health Care Systems Conference will be held in Paris on April 26 & 27. This year, the conference will focus on the consequences of the new world order when it comes to health, the consequences of the specialization of territories or regions in each health care sector, and the new material and symbolic boundaries of care, and their impact on patients, health professionals, and the practice of health care itself. The International Society for Research on Innovation and Change in Health Care Systems (ISRICH) is an initiative of researchers in various countries who wish to exchange research results and national & international experiences on a regular basis. Their main interest is to explain the factors that affect the evolution of health care systems and their interaction with the wider environment in society, politics and culture.

ISTR – International Society for Third Sector Research

Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. ISTR is an organization committed to building a global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally. As an organization, ISTR is recognized and respected for its global vision, its commitment to excellence, its collaborative approach, and the values of diversity and pluralism with which it pursues its mission.

ISA – International Sociological Association
Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy Annual Conference

The ISA holds multiple conferences every month from January through September and one conference in October, November and December each year.  The purpose is to promote theoretically grounded empirical research on: the sources and character of social problems; the planning and administration of social programs; and more generally, public policies and intervention strategies aimed at alleviating social problems and influencing the society in that regard. The Committee especially encourages comparative research. Thus, membership to RC19 is open to scholars actively engaged in research and/or teaching on the subjects mentioned above.

NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference

The National Council for Voluntary Organizations and the Voluntary Sector Studies Network host an annual Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference. Academics, practitioners, and policymakers come together to share research, learn, and network. The themes for their 18th annual conference (2012) include informing and assisting the work of practitioners, informing and influencing policy, and sharing the fruits of recent research and theory-building. The two day conference features 50+ papers and holds workshops for researchers, both new and experienced.

SASE – Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Founded in 1989, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) is an international, inter-disciplinary organization with members in over 50 countries on five continents. The academic disciplines represented in SASE include economics, sociology, political science, management, psychology, law, history, and philosophy. The membership of SASE also includes business people and policy makers in government and international organizations.

SEEK Conference

The Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies (SEEK) Conference began in 2011, and has subsequently been brought back in 2012 due to its popularity. It is organized by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The conferences invite scholars from a variety of backgrounds to present their findings and foster discussion. This year, the conference aims to include policy makers and scientists for its theme of Green Growth, which will focus on hurdles in green innovations.

SSE- Social Solidarity Economy

The Social Solidarity Economy is an annual conference that enables participants of the local community (scholars, community activists and concerned citizens) to learn about the diversity of the SSE in the World.  Participants, which include a wide range of international actors, engage exhibitors in a dialogue about current and future challenges as related to rapid changes in the global economy


Third Annual Conference in Political Economy

The Third Annual Conference in Political Economy will be held in Paris on July 5-8, 2012. It is jointly organized by the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), the French Association of Political Economy (FAPE), and the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE). The conference aims to bring together scholars from all backgrounds within the political economy to foster discussion about the recent developments in the global economy and in economic science. The deadline for registration is May 14.

UAA – Urban Affairs Association

The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life.  Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. (Adopted March 12, 2010) UAA is the successor organization to the Council of University Institutes for Urban Affairs, formed in Boston in 1969 by a group of directors of university urban programs. As urban affairs developed as a professional and academic field, the need for an organization that welcomed urban faculty, professionals, and students as well as urban program directors and deans became increasingly apparent. In recognition of this need, in 1981 the organization’s name was changed to the Urban Affairs Association. Today, UAA includes almost 600 institutional, individual, and student members from colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Among its other activities, UAA sponsors the Journal of Urban Affairs, a refereed annual journal, publishing manuscripts related to urban research and policy analysis of interest to both scholars and practitioners. All UAA members receive the Journal of Urban Affairs as part of their membership fee.

WSF – World Social Forum

The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. Since the first world encounter in 2001, it has taken the form of a permanent world process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies. The World Social Forum is also characterized by plurality and diversity, is non-confessional, non-governmental and non-party. It proposes to facilitate decentralized coordination and networking among organizations engaged in concrete action towards building another world, at any level from the local to the international, but it does not intend to be a body representing world civil society. The World Social Forum is not a group, nor an organization.

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