Paola Raffaelli

Paola Raffaelli

Postdoctoral fellow, Researcher

Personal profile


I’ve been researching the social economy for the last 10 years, in particular, I studied co-operatives, voluntary organisations, community organisations and charities in different settings in Europe and Latin America. I consider the current economic system is very unfair, specially for those living in the global South, and there are alternatives emerging from this context that deserve wider recognition in order to shape an economic order that includes everyone. Thus, I joined Lund University to study community currencies in Argentina and Spain. 

In the projet Grassroots Financial Innovations and Social Entrepreneurship  I will study collective economic innovations as a way to improve communities’ financial situation, particularly in terms of community currencies. Through community currencies, communities provide themselves access to funding, therefore, this offers to them novel financial and monetary infrastructures and a route for social enterprise. Thus, as a result of this project, I will gain knowledge on the institutional arrangements, practices and rules of community currencies, and I hope this will help for making alternative currencies a more accessible innovation for much more communities. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Business Administration
  • Sociology

Free keywords

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Economy
  • Community Currencies


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