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Doctoral Programme in Social Economy (Cooperatives and non-profit entities)

Programme code: 3116

Regulations: Royal Decree 99/2011

Knowledge branch: Social and legal science

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Organised by:University Institute on Social and Cooperative Economics (IUDESCOOP)

Management Centre:Postgraduate School

Participant Universities:University of Valencia (UVEG)

Programme coordinator:Dr Rafael Chaves Ávila

1st year available places:12 places

Aims: This Doctoral Programme in Social Economy recognises the importance of the social and economic area of the social economy sector and its training and technological particularities, in a context of great economic and social change, and it aims to provide knowledge and skills to prospective professionals and researchers in Social Economy that may place them in a favourable positon in a scientific, professional, educative and interactive contex. Prospective researchers with skills and competencies in social economy should known the foundations of this social sector. On the other hand, social researchers should deeply understand scientific tools and its analytical power, acquiring the attitude for making questions to specialists and the ability for understanding the answers provided by them. With this Doctoral Studies a better and higher degree of knowledge on business reality of Valencian Social Economy can be acquired. The main objective is to satisfy the research interest in the field of Social Economy to the students of different degrees of the University of Valencia and of the rest of Valencian universities, given that doesn’t exist any doctoral programme in Social Economy in the Valencian Community.

Description: Social Economy as social and economical sector, composed of cooperatives, worker-owned companies, NGOs, foundations and other volunteer organisations and social companies, has experienced a strong growth in the world, especially in Europe, where during 2009 employed more than 14,5 million people, according to CIRIEC the European Social and Economic Committee (2012). Its economic and labour dynamism in Spain and in the Valencian Community also is strong: the number of entities of Spanish Social Economy are 51.762, with a turnover of 101,555 millions of euros and 11.372.488 members in 2007. At least the 15% of these organisations (those of a significant size) form a considerable business universe that need management professionals. This social sector is carrying out important regulating functions of the social and economic system; creating social cohesion; maintaining and generating incomes, employment and integration of excluded people; promoting territorial development and social innovation (CIRIEC, 2007), which is why public administrations considered it a key partner in their public policies.

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