Réseau EMES (EMES)

EMES is a research network of established university research centres and individual researchers whose goal is to gradually build up a European corpus of theoretical and empirical knowledge, pluralistic in disciplines and methodology, around “Third Sector” issues.



EMES has existed since 1996, when an international group of scholars formed a research network that had been sponsored by the European Union. Having reached an unusual level of mutual understanding, trust and a common perspective of working together, a community of researchers sprang off from this working experience.

Formally established as a non-profit association (ASBL under Belgian law) in 2002 and named after its first research programme, on « the emergence of social enterprises in Europe”, EMES nevertheless concerns itself with broader matters, defining the “Third Sector” in broad ways.

6 case studies

9 Analyses/working papers/articles

One public contribution