Our Team

Our team presents... interviews with the team members

 

Episode 2: Coline Serres 

Hi! Can you share a little bit of your background?

After a master’s degree in Management with a specialization in social and solidarity economy at Montpellier Business School (France), I undertook a PhD in Management Sciences at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management at Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). My doctoral work focused on the governance mechanisms of for-profit social ventures, both in general and when governing common goods.

 

What is your role in the ICA-team?

Since September 2021, I have joined the Institutions for Collective Action research team as a Postdoctoral Researcher. I mostly conduct research on ICAs, but also coordinate and teach a course in the MSc Global Business & Sustainability of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

 

What are you currently working on?

I am working on the UNICA project, which aims to develop a unified theory for the development and resilience of ICAs for Europe in the past millennium. It’s a really interesting project where we aim to conduct a longitudinal survey of ICAs resilience strategies since the year 1000. We also aim to build a taxonomy of these ICAs over time and place. A lot to do, but all very exciting! Next to that, I have also been working on a book chapter to explain the legal forms available for social enterprises in the Netherlands.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

I hope to master the Dutch social entrepreneurship field by the end of this academic year. It’s so different from France and Belgium (and the rest of Europe to some extent), which makes it really interesting for me to study! I am eager to understand better how social enterprises and governmental institutions interact in the Dutch context. I also hope that we will be done with a big chunk of the ICA taxonomy.

 

Thank you Coline! All the best with your work…

 

Episode 1: Grant Halliday 

Hi! Can you share a little bit of your background?

Yes, I received my BA in History and Economics this past May from Yale University and my senior research there focused on early medieval economic history. Specifically, my senior thesis analyzed grain distribution in Late Merovingian France (ca. 650-751 CE) from an institutional perspective. Thus, I’m familiar with applying institutional analysis to pre-industrial economic history in Western Europe. I am currently in the process of applying to postgraduate programs in economic history for next fall.

 

What is your role in the ICA-team?

I’m a research intern focusing more on the historical research side of things here, mainly in the late medieval/early modern period. Recently, I have been creating secondary literature bibliographies for use by the team as well as locating potentially useful material in archival databases.

 

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a project to study institutions of collective action of fishing in Western Europe. To understand the evolution of these institutions, I’m collecting literature and archives on their creation and operation in the late medieval and early modern period. The key examples of these institutions are the Spanish fishing cofradías (in Catalan, confraries) and the French prud’homies along the Mediterranean.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

Collecting a substantial set of accessible archival sources is the main goal at the moment, with an eye to doing some specific case studies in the coming weeks. That will lay the groundwork for starting a more formal typology and taxonomy, based on the form and function of these institutions. I hope that this can be the basis for integrating the late medieval/early modern fishing collectives into the work of fellow team members on the UNICA project, which you’ll hear more about in the coming weeks! These archives and resources will also be potentially used in an analysis of the specific rules and regulations used by these historical institutions, so I hope to build a framework and the beginnings of a database for that purpose.

 

Thank you! All the best with your work.