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Centre Emile Bernheim de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Gestion (CEBRIG)


The Centre Emile Bernheim de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Gestion (CEBRIG), is ULB’s research Institute in Management Science, affiliated to the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM). CEBRIG was created in 1952 and is supported by the Bernheim Foundation, the second largest foundation in Belgium. Its objectives are the development and promotion of advanced scientific research in Management Science and Applied Economics. CEBRIG researchers are currently active in 8 thematic fields including: Human Resources, Organisation, and Labour Economics; Microfinance; Finance, Accounting, and Tax Sciences; and International Trade and Development. CEBRIG members publish in top international scientific journals and take part in symposia, conferences, and academic teaching around the world. CEBRIG senior researchers have developed close relations with public and private firms, and national and international organisations (EU, World Bank, IMF, federal and regional Belgian governments, European Patent Office, OECD), which enables them to secure contracts to fund applied research work. CEBRIG also runs the SBS-EM’s Doctoral School in Management Science and Applied Economics, offering PhD students a high-level education that meets the most demanding international standards.

Research Departments

The Centre Emile Bernheim is organised in 8 Research Departments working on specific topics:

  • Department of Finance, Accounting and Tax Sciences

  • Department of International Trade and Development

  • Department of Strategy, Governance, Marketing and Innovation

  • Department of Economic and Financial History

  • Department of Human Resources, Organisation and Labor Economics

  • Department of Microfinance (CERMi)

  • Department of Public Management 

  • Centre d'Etudes Economiques et Sociales de l'Environnement (CEESE)


"Being a PhD Candidate at the Centre Emile Bernheim offers me a wide array of opportunities. I interact with top researchers in various fields on a daily basis. Thanks to the activities at CEBRIG, I have been able to develop the originality of my research and strengthen my analytical skills. Moreover, the Centre Emile Bernheim benefits from privileged partnership with numerous foreign institutions. It gave me the opportunity to organise two research stays in leading universities." - Jean LACROIX, PhD Student (CEBRIG)

"After a PhD and several years of research, a post-doc at CEBRIG was really a “must”! Research seminars, conferences, workshops, informal discussions around coffee or during the weekly meal, there are plenty of opportunities at CEBRIG to meet high-level scientists, initiate collaborations, and consolidate one’s network. In short, CEBRIG is the ideal research environment to head one’s career towards excellence!" - Zineb AOUNI, post PhD Student (CEBRIG)

"My time spent at the Centre Emile Bernheim as a PhD candidate is a life-changing experience. The research programme is rewarding and challenging. I never stop working: thinking, reading, brainstorming, writing… Faculty members are truly committed to mentoring, coaching, and collaborating with PhD students, which is a great asset for me. Every collaboration I have undertaken here has expanded the way I think about the world." - Afrae HASSOUNI, PhD Student (CEBRIG) 


CEBRIG organises research seminars in Applied Economics and Management and Brown Bag Seminars led by external contributors or internal research fellows. As part of its strategy of international openness, CEBRIG also hosts conferences and public debates such as the Management Café.

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With working papers, policy papers, and publications in eminent international scientific journals, CEBRIG researchers make efforts to share knowledge and initiate international collaborations within the scientific community.

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This section provides an overview of current and past PhD theses in the fields of Finance, Accounting & Tax Sciences, International Trade & Development, Strategy, Corporate Governance, Marketing & Innovation, Economic & Financial History, Human Resources, Organisation & Labour Economics, Microfinance, Public Management, and many more…


The Bernheim Foundation

"In my view, goods acquired are a loan made by society to individuals, rather than property granted to them in an intangible and definitive manner. It is therefore fair that upon their death, all or part of these goods be given back to the community or used for its benefit’ wrote Emile Bernheim in his will about the Foundation, which was created in 1985. Ever since, the Foundation has endeavoured to perpetuate Emile Bernheim’s legacy, with a strategy focused on four topics that he cherished: social and economic innovation, education and training, culture and research, and the defence of peace. More than a hundred projects carried out by universities, institutions, and associations—mainly based in Brussels—have been financed by the Bernheim Foundation. For the past few years, the Foundation has been giving priority to innovative projects for young people in Brussels."

About The Bernheim Foundation

Doctoral School

The Doctoral School in Management Science and Applied Economics offers high level training, in accordance with the most demanding international standards. The programme helps students master theories and methods, and develop innovation, critical thinking, and team spirit. It is organised around a core principle: the creation of value in an increasingly globalised world. The programme is dedicated to the various fields of management and applied economics: strategy, finance, marketing, production, information systems, organisation, human resources, industrial relations, etc. Its content is bilingual—French/English—and gives priority to international openness, scientific excellence, innovation, and publications in international scientific journals. International openness is highlighted by close partnerships with renowned foreign institutions such as METEOR, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université Lille 1, and the Maastricht University.

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Updated on January 24, 2022