Université de Liège
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CIRIEC-Belgium is a non-profit research association and is one of the founding sections of CIRIEC international. CIRIEC-Belgium ensures the permanent secretariat of the international association since 1957, and sets a specialised university-level dedicated documentation centre in public, social and cooperative economy at disposal.
CIRIEC’s objectives are to undertake and promote the collection of information, scientific research, and the publication of works on economic sectors and activities oriented towards the service of the general and collective interest: public action and policies; public utilities, infrastructures, networks and mixed enterprises at national, regional and local level; the so-called “social economy” (not-for-profit economy, cooperatives, mutuals, and non-profit organizations); workers’ participation; etc.
CIRIEC’s members are enterprises and organisations associated with network-economics, either socio-political networks (government agencies, public administrations, socio-professional federations, trade unions, …), or technical networks (public utilities, public or regulated enterprises, …); enterprises and organisations from the “social economy” sector (cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations, non-profit or not-for-profit enterprises and organisations); experts and individual researchers from universities and research centres interested in CIRIEC’s activities.
CIRIEC has an original feature since it develops activities of interest for both managers and researchers active in serving the general or collective interest. CIRIEC aims at being an international meeting point and a locus of research and reflection networking, without lobbying for any particular interests.
The scientific association regularly supports, manages and coordinates various projects and actions linked to its social purpose. Those are either initiated on an internal basis or upon own initiative (seminars, conferences, researches, …) or realised for external sponsors (dedicated research mainly for public institutions – be they local, regional, national or supra-national -, answer to calls for tender, participation in consortia of researchers, in international action, seminars and other events).
former Member of the Senate
former Mayor of the City of Antwerp
former President of the users’ Committee of P&V
former Member of Parliament
President, Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges (SNCB) (Belgian National Railway Corporation)
ex-secretaris, ACW (Algemeen Christelijk Werknemersverbond) Limburg (Christian Trade Union)
Full Professor, University of Liège
Professor, University of Liège
former Federal Minister of Employment
President, Management Board of the National Social Security Office (ONSS)
The Prize Joseph Merlot-Joseph Leclercq was created by the Belgian Section of CIRIEC in 1964 and aims to reward a PhD in the field of public economics.
This triennial Prize-Doctorate is intended to honour the memory of two pioneering promotors of public enterprise and aims to stimulate research on the public economy, especially in the area of services of general interest, public policy and evaluation tools.
In an amount of 3 500 EUR for a doctoral thesis, the Merlot Joseph – Joseph Leclercq is awarded every three years by a jury. In the absence of a doctoral thesis justifying the Prize, a dissertation (Master) can be rewarded to the tune of 1,150 euros.
The 2015-2016 Prize is financed by Ethias, the Province of Liège and intercommunal from Liège (AIDE, CILE, Intradel, SPI+). These sponsors thus perpetuate the memory of the founders of the Belgian Section of CIRIEC. Complete rules: FR – NL
The 2015-2016 award winner is Geoffrey Aerts for his thesis: “Public private mixing: a knowledge transfer perspective”.
Céline Remy, was awarded a special mention because of the societal relevance and the originality of the subject approach of her thesis “Des partenariats publics privés pour l’insertion des demandeurs d’emploi: une question de confiance?”