Research Centres at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management


Research is a core mission of SBS-EM—and of the Université Libre de Bruxelles—and a key ingredient underlying its vision statement: to become a top institution in Europe. Generating high quality research is important for three main reasons:
  1. to develop and improve material and methods used in training and education, as academic programmes rely heavily on advanced and up-to date knowledge;
  2. being active in research enables the School to continue absorbing new knowledge generated elsewhere in the world;
  3. research contributes to the international visibility of the School, a factor that is particularly relevant for the masters and doctoral programmes. Setting up international partnerships with high quality institutions often requires a visible production of knowledge, demonstrating the School’s focus on research.

Research is fully part of the School’s mission, and a way to have a positive impact on scholarly research, economic policy making, and managerial practices. Academic freedom (deriving from the ‘free inquiry’ principle) and scientific excellence are the key values of the School’s research activities. Academic freedom means that faculty members and other researchers are free to choose their fields, topics, and methods of inquiry. Scientific excellence means publications in the best academic journals, evidence of research impact (e.g. citations), and contributions to international research networks, collaborations, and conferences.

The School’s research has three main distinctive features:
  1. it has a strong bottom-up culture, driven by academic freedom,
  2. it excels at quantitative techniques, which feed its cutting-edge application of mathematical modelling and empirical research methods, and
  3. it is internationally recognised in 7 core areas:
  • development and microfinance
  • finance
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • organisational behaviour and labour markets
  • econometrics and statistics
  • political economy, trade and EU integration
  • applied microeconomics and regulation

The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management has four research centres:
  • CEB: management and multi-disciplinary research; runs the PhD Programme in Management. Focuses on two core fields of expertise: finance and microfinance (research on the latter is carried out in a thematic sub-centre: the inter-university European Centre for Microfinance Research (CERMi)).
  • DULBEA: mainly applied microeconomics, with a decades-long track record of informing and advising national and regional governments through applied research contracts.
  • ECARES: economics and statistics, with expertise in 4 core fields: statistics and econometrics, applied microeconomics and regulation, policy, trade and EU integration, and political economy and finance. Also runs the PhD programme in Economics and Statistics).
  • iCiteinnovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, at the intersection of economics and management.
The School is also part of an interfaculty institute: 
  • I³H  - Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation in Healthcare: New models for innovation collaboration are emerging in the field of healthcare. These are at the heart of research projects and education programmes at the Institute.
Updated on April 2, 2019