Social Solidarity Economy & the Commons: bringing together different cultures

CEI researcher Ana Margarida Esteves was interviewed by the podcast Alternativ økonomi about the second edition of the International Conference Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons dedicated to the topic of “Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy,” which took place from 6 to 8 November 2019.

The researcher discusses the social value of certain kinds of for profit projects and initiatives, as well the principles underlying the concept of social solidarity economy initiatives, such as cooperative forms of ownership.

Listen to the interview on the Alternativ økonomi podcast website.

About the conference

The second international conference “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons” was a meeting point for researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in social and solidarity economy, governance of the commons and new social movements in different parts of the world.

The conference – dedicated to “Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy” – took place from 6 to 8 November 2019 at the Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim was to co-create an open, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary space for exchange of knowledge and socio-political experiences on new approaches to economic organisation and governance based in solidarity, cooperation and common ownership from across the world.

The conference was organized by the Centre for International Studies (CEI-Iscte), with the support of the Department of Political Economy at Iscte, the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and the Solidarity Economy Incubator at the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) in Brazil.

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Ana Margarida Esteves

Ana Margarida Esteves is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon, Iscte and Guest Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Economy of the same institution. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University (Providence, RI, USA) where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Her research and teaching encompass the relations between the social and solidarity economy, the commons and the sustainability transition movements; synergies between nature, culture and technology; and the application of critical pedagogies, as well as strategies of non-formal education, to social mobilization and the promotion of participatory democracy. She is a founder and member of the International Editorial Committee of the journal "Interface: A journal for and about social movements" ( She is also a member the RC47: Social Classes and Social Movements of ISA - International Sociological Association and part of its editorial platform Open Movements / Open Democracy ( ). In 2020, Ana Margarida became a member of SEADS (Space Ecologies Art and Design), a transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collective of artists, scientists, engineers and activists that is actively engaged in deconstructing dominant paradigms about the future and develops alternative models through a combination of critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation.". Previous to joining CEI-IUL, Ana Margarida Esteves held teaching positions at Brown University, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) and Sunway University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and Scuola Normale Superiore (Florence, Italy).

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