Jean-Louis Laville is a professor in Paris, at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (cnam), where he holds a Chair in Solidarity Economy, he is researcher at Lise (Interdisciplinary laboratory for economic sociology, CNRS-cnam) and IFRIS (Society Innovation Research Institute of Paris).

Involved in a lot of international research networks, he is the European coordinator for Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, founding member of the European network EMES (which studies socio-economic realities such as third sector, non-profit organizations, voluntary sector, civil society organizations) and of the Latin-American network RILESS (Network of Latin-American Researchers in Social and Solidarity Economy).

He is a regular guest speaker at several universities (Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Quito, Louvain-la-Neuve, Porto Alegre, Salvador da Bahia…) and he is related to foreign research laboratories such as CRIDIS (Interdisciplinary Research Center, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and CRISES (Interdisciplinary Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences, Montreal, Canada).