The Closing Day of the 33rd CIRIEC International Congress was marked by the awarding of the Edgard Milhaud Prize, as well as the recognition of the best papers presented at the Congress. The Edgard Milhaud Award was created in 2008 to commemorate the founder of CIRIEC International, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. The Prize aims to encourage and recognise the work of a young researcher or expert working on CIRIEC-International’s own themes, i.e. cooperative movement, the social economy, the public economy and public services, and activities oriented towards the service of the general and collective interest.
Two prizes were awarded this year. The first was attributed to the French researcher Pierre Wokuri, from the University of Rennes 1, for his thesis entitled “Orient and activate: the cooperative renewable energy projects at the test of the market. Denmark, France and the United Kingdom in a multi-level comparative perspective.”
The second prize was awarded to Juan Francisco Albert Moreno, from the University of València, for his thesis with international mention entitled ‘Monetary Policy and Inequality from an inclusive and Social Banking perspective’.
The first prize was granted to Mercedes Farias Batlle and Rosalía Alfonso Sánchez (University of Murcia) for their paper on ‘Social Economy, care economy and digital transition’ [« Economía social, economía de los cuidados y transición digital »] ; the second prize was awarded to Patrick Murhula Cubaka, from the Catholic University of Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo) for ‘The psychological ownership in financial cooperatives: do formal ownership rights matter?’; and the third prize went to Alberto Vaquero García (University of Vigo), María Bastida Domínguez (University of Santiago de Compostela) and Miguel Ángel Vázquez (University. of Vigo), for their paper ‘The Social Economy as an instrument for economic recovery. Proposals to face the crisis derived from Covid-19′ [« La economía social como instrumento para la recuperación económica. Propuestas para afrontar la crisis derivada de la covid-19 »].
Marta Cunyat Roldán and Rubén Cunyat Giménez (University of València) were also honoured for their paper on ‘Women’s entrepreneurship in Spain within the Social Economy: analysis in the period 2016-2020’ [« El emprendimiento de mujeres en españa dentro de la economía social: análisis en el periodo 2016-2020“], and Oier Imaz, Leire Uriarte and Iñigo Iñurrategi (Mondragón), for their paper on ‘The governance of the Sustainable Development Goals in the cooperatives of Mondragón Group’ [« La gobernanza de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible en las cooperativas del grupo mondragon“].
The awards ceremony was held as part of the celebration of CIRIEC International’s 75th anniversary, an event presented by the new president of CIRIEC, Bernard Thiry. On the occasion, CIRIEC published two books: ‘CIRIEC 1947-2022: 75 years of reflection and action in favour of the general interest and economic democracy’, and ‘The economy of collective interest: 75 years of scientific research’.