Barbara Franchini has a degree in Political Economy from the University of Trento and a master’s degree in social enterprise management. She worked for several years in the international cooperation for development sector, where she collaborated with civil society organizations, national governments and the United Nations in Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Since 2011 she has been working in the research area of Euricse, where she is mainly responsible for managing international research projects and coordinating publishing activities such as the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD) and the Euricse Working Paper Series.
Barbara recently participated in the study “Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe,” the results of which – 35 country reports and a benchmarking report – were published by the European Commission between 2018 and 2020. In 2020, she contributed to a study focused on analyzing the impact of the “Social Business Initiative” (launched by the European Commission in 2011 with the aim of facilitating the development of social enterprises in Europe).
Barbara is currently participating in a study on job placement enterprises in Europe as part of the B-WISE project funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.
Since 2021 she has been a member of the board of the Trentino Foundation for Social Volunteering.