MINCA Publications

Bellow are a list of our publications, which are related to the social enterprise, social innovation and social and solidarity economy sectors, including journal papers, book contributions and online documents.


Calvo, S; Morales, A; Zikidis, Y (2017). The Social and Solidarity Economy: The world’s economy with a social face. Routledge: London.

Morales, A and Calvo, S (2017). Digital Technology as a tool for social regeneration: web 2.0’s; in Sachetti, S; Christoforou, A and Mosca, M, Social Regeneration and Local Development Cooperation, Social Economy and Public Participation, Routledge: London.

Calvo, S and Morales, A (2016). Exploring Social Entrepreneurship in Africa, the case of Arusha Women Entrepreneur: Reducing Poverty through Job Creation and Sustainable Income for Smallholder Farmers; in Goldman, M, Emerging Markets Case Studies, Emerald.

Calvo, S (2015). Connecting Social Enterprise and Higher Education: Universities as drivers in the support of Social Enterprises in the United Kingdom; in Carvalho, L, Handbook Research on Entrepreneurial Success and its Impact on Regional Development, IGI Global.


Calvo, S; Morales, A (2016), Conducting Video Research in the Social and Solidarity Economy: Empowering the Cinderella Economy Towards Social Justice, International Journal of E-Politics, 7(4), 1-16.

Calvo, S and Morales, A (2015). Sink or Swim: Social Enterprise as a panacea for non-profit organisations? Journal of International Development,28 (7), P.1170-1188.

Sepulveda, L., Syrett, S. and Calvo, S. (2013) Social Enterprise and ethnic minorities: Exploring the consequences of the evolving British policy agenda. Environment and Planning C, Government and Policy, Vol.31, P.633-648.


Complementary Currencies

Exploring complementary currencies in Europe: a comparative study of local initiatives in Spain and the United Kingdom.

  • The potential of local complementary currencies (CCs) as an innovative response to austerity and recession has been recognised at European level, particularly in recent years with the rising unemployment, environmental degradation, community fragmentation and social exclusion. Although local CCs have attracted considerable media attention, academics have been slower to analyse their emergence. Therefore, this study aimed to address this knowledge gap and gained greater insights into the dynamics of CCs in two European countries; Spain and the United Kingdom (UK). This paper attempts to understand the emergence, development, operations of 4 case study organisations (Brixton and Bristol pound in the UK and La Pita and Ekhi in Spain), as well as participants views and political support at local, regional, national and European levels. This paper contextualises as well as depicts the socio-economic circumstances and the scenario that these CCs have been evolved. | Download Working paper

SSE Ecuador

The Social and Solidarity Economy in Ecuador: opportunities and challenges

  • Although increasing attention has been paid in recent years to the importance of the social and solidarity economy in Latin America, there
    has been little written specifically about the Andean region. This study contributes to this knowledge gap through an exploration of the social and solidarity economy model in Ecuador. The research offers insight into the historical factors that have contributed to the development of the social and solidarity economy and identifies the different institutional environments in which the sector operates highlighting the opportunities and challenges that exist. | Download Working paper

SSE Colombia

Narratives of Social Enterprises: Examining Social Entrepreneurial Activities in Colombia

  • Although there is a plethora of dynamic socially oriented formal and informal enterprise activity within Colombia, there has been limited research on social entrepreneurial activities in this area (Bucheli, 2010). Therefore, this study contributes to this knowledge gap through an exploration of social entrepreneurial activities in Colombia. | Download Working paper

SE Tanzania

Exploring the Dynamics of Social Enterprises in Tanzania

  • Increasing attention has been paid to the importance of social enterprise activity in less developed countries. Advocates suggest that the social enterprise sector has experience considerable growth in African countries in recent years. Yet there remains little understanding of the social enterprise sector, and much of the discussion to date has been based only on anecdotal evidence. This paper addresses this issue by examining the nature and extent of social enterprise activities and their support infrastructure using evidence from two case examples in Tanzania. | Download Working paper