News | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 03.02.2012

IRENE I SEE – International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment

Expert Talk at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen on January, 20 2012

At Zeppelin University’s public ‘Research Day’, which took place on January, 20 2012, an interested audience heard IRENE I SEE student Aline Wachner present her doctoral project, which is funded by the Siemens Stiftung as part of IRENE I SEE. The introduction was given by Prof. Stephan A. Jansen, the President and Managing Director of Zeppelin University. He spoke about the IRENE I SEE program, which has been founded as an initiative of the Siemens Stiftung and is managed and coordinated by the Zeppelin University. 

The IRENE I SEE research program started last year with selected African and Latin American universities where the doctoral studies on particular issues of “Social Economic Empowerment” and Social Entrepreneurship of promising PhD candidates are funded. He was followed by Dr. Lisa Hanley, a postdoc member of the academic staff at Zeppelin University and science manager for IRENE I SEE, who introduced the general background, the core questions and the objectives of this project. She also described where IRENE I SEE stands in relation to the ‘Encourage. Empowering People’ program of the Siemens Stiftung and explained how IRENE I SEE represents an equally concrete contribution to scientific education. After Dr. Hanley’s contribution, Aline Wachner – incorporating the latest international research – presented her doctoral project with the title “From Accountability to Social Economic Empowerment: Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South”. She demonstrated how the process of accountability and the pattern of responsibilities within a social enterprise differ from those in a purely market-oriented business. The central question of her research is: “Does the market-orientation of social businesses really increase their downward accountability?” After her presentation, Aline Wachner discussed her theses with the audience. 

The event was held in the English language.