University of Bologna; AICCON; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Stimmuli for Social Change (Greece); Anaptyxiaki Karditsas Anaptyxiaki Anonimi Etairia O.T.A. (Greece); University of Bristol (UK); Federation Europeenne de Finances et Banques Ethiques et Alternatives (Belgium); Cooperatives Europe asbl (Belgium); Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)


Federica BandiniCarolina Graffi, Francesco Savoia, Elena Barison


The European project "Social Economy 4Ces" aims to strengthen the collaboration between European higher education institutions, social enterprises and social economy organizations. The University of Bologna and 8 other partners will implement a project aimed at disseminating the professional skills needed in the context of social economy. The project will proactively mobilize students, faculty and staff, social entrepreneurs, networks and local communities to improve the connection between these stakeholders in society to foster the co-creation of knowledge about the social economy, to activate community development processes and to co-develop collaborative educational practices. 


The activities that have been carried out in the first months of the project are: 

  • Desk-research on Social Economy courses in Italy and in the partner countries, with focus on contents, teaching methods, collaboration with social economy stakeholders. 
  • Interviews with professors, students and social economy stakeholders to ask for an evaluation of different social economy degree and training courses in Italy and other partner countries. 
  • Design of a questionnaire to be submitted to professors, students and social economy stakeholders to ask for an expression of their interest in different innovative teaching methods that could be implemented in social economy courses in the future. 

SE4Ces will soon introduce Social Economy Living-Labs, which are spaces for interaction, collaboration, and co-creation of knowledge among all stakeholders involved in the social economy. Innovative teaching approaches on social economy and co-teaching educational methodologies between universities and social enterprises will be developed.