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Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 09:30 p.m.

The role of economics in sustainable development

The Green Office, together with several professors from the URJC, organizes the conference "The Social Economy in the 2030 Agenda. What is the Social Economy and how does it contribute to sustainable development?". The meeting is held on the Fuenlabrada campus today, Wednesday, March 30.

Daria Efimova

The Green Office of the URJC, the entity responsible for incorporating sustainability into all areas of university life, launches the conference "The Social Economy in the 2030 Agenda. What is the Social Economy and how does it contribute to sustainable development?" . The main purpose of this meeting is to bring this new market model closer, which is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

The meeting is held this morning at the Fuenlabrada campus, with a forecast of between 50 and 70 attendees. This activity has the recognition of 0,25 credits of free configuration. 

Project with a long history

The organizing professors of this conference, Rosa Belén Castro Núñez and Rosa Santero Sánchez, have been working for more than 10 years in a line of research related to the social economy within the Emerging Research Group on Labor Market and Economic Analysis of the Rey Juan Carlos University (EMERLAB). 

Recently, the International Center for Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC-Spain) - of which they are also a part - has convened the III University Week on Social Economy. In line with this event, they decided to organize a related activity focused on students. As explained by Rosa Santero Sánchez, PhD professor at the URJC and organizer of the conference: "We want to publicize specific experiences of Social Economy companies and how their activity contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals."

The first half of this meeting includes two talks focused on explaining what the social economy is and how it works. On the one hand, it features a presentation by Rosa Belén Castro Núñez, PhD professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University. On the other hand, the representative of the Network of Alternative and Solidarity Economy Networks (REAS), Ana Sánchez, will present the results of the 2021 audit on the entities involved in the social economy.

During the second half of the day a round table will take place. In this, the contribution of the social economy to the different SDGs will be discussed, such as those related to non-polluting energy, decent work and responsible production and consumption. It will have the participation of representatives of different companies focused on sustainable development. Among them are E-Social Hub, related to collective entrepreneurship; Galivivienda, dedicated to cooperative and affordable housing; Som Energía, a renewable energy and production company; and La OSA, the non-profit participatory supermarket. Rosa Belén Castro Núñez will act as moderator of the round table. 

From the organization team, they highlight the special interest that this matter has for students, who will soon become part of the labor market, whose reality and alternatives many are unaware of. "Both nationally and internationally, the Social Economy has been identified as a key agent in achieving the 2030 Agenda to promote inclusive and sustainable development, which is the way to face the future challenges of society", concludes Rosa Santero.