June 17- 18, 2021 @ UNamur, Belgium

Business and society in times of crises:

(re)searching for new directions



The University of Namur is hosting the 2021 edition of the Business & Society Research Seminar for PhD students and emerging scholars.

  • Are you a PhD candidate or an emerging scholar conducting research on Business and Society relationships, Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development Goals, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship or a related topic?
  • Do you want to discuss one of your research papers or your PhD project with leading scholars in the field to enhance your ability to write and review scholarly publications?
  • Are you looking for some mentoring from leading experts or do you want to develop your academic network?

... Then we encourage you to submit your contribution !


The objective of this two-day seminar is to bring together doctoral students, emerging scholars, and more experienced academics to present and discuss their research projects and receive feedback in a stimulating, developmental and friendly atmosphere. We will explore commonalities as well as differences in each other’s research approaches and themes in an inspiring, sociable, and convivial academic setting. This seminar consists in a mix of plenary sessions, paper and poster presentation sessions as well as several workshops around career development and publications strategy. All sessions will involve fellow PhD students, emerging scholars, and more experienced researchers and journal editors.


“Business and Society in Times of Crises: (Re)searching for New Directions”

Global societal and environmental problems like climate change, inequality, and mass-migration, as well as digitalization and dematerialization of human relationships, all call for attention. Given the increasing power of business in a globalized world and the resulting societal impacts - both positive social, environmental, and political engagement and negative externalities-, there is an urgent need to scrutinize the role of business in terms of contribution to the transition of society towards sustainability. To address these critical challenges, new ways of thinking and doing are required. Therefore, there is an urgent call for research to develop bold ideas and adopt less conventional methodologies involving social sciences, management and technology.

This year’s seminar wants to explore novel approaches across the corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, and social innovation agenda to understand how the aforementioned issues might redefine responsibilities, roles and opportunities of both business and society.


Our first keynote speaker will be Prof. Jean-Pascal Gond (head of ETHOS at the Business School of City, University of London). Our second keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Roulet (University of Cambridge).

For complete details, see Keynotes and programme


The 2021 edition of the Business & Society seminar will be held in Namur (Belgium), hosted by UNamur located at the south of Brussels. This seminar is financially supported by the University of Namur (Belgium), LouRIM Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations (UCLouvain, Belgium), the Chair in CSR at Audencia Business School (France), IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) at IÉSEG School of Management and LEM-CNRS (France), ICHEC Brussels Management School (Belgium) and VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands).


More than 20 experienced researchers in the field are invited to attend the seminar. Next to the organizing committee, confirmed guests include Flore Bridoux (Erasmus University, The Netherlands), Laura-Marie Edinger-Schons (University of Mannheim Business School, Germany), Arno Kourula (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Klement Podnar and Ursa Golob (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and many others!


  • Annick Castiaux and Sophie Pondeville, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Valérie Swaen, UCLouvain, LouRIM (Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations), Belgium & IÉSEG School of Management, France 
  • Frank de Bakker and François Maon, IÉSEG School of Management, France 
  • Céline Louche, Audencia Business School, France 
  • Christel Dumas, ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
  • Koen van Bommel and Christopher Wickert, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands