Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Professor Sophie Bacq

We are delighted to introduce another distinguished keynote speaker for ACERE 2024 – Professor Sophie Bacq.

Professor Sophie Bacq: Sophie Bacq is a globally recognized thought leader in social entrepreneurship and change. As a prominent figure in academia, she has dedicated her career to investigating and theorizing entrepreneurial actions to address complex social and environmental problems. Her research spans individual, organizational, and civic levels of analysis, making her a leading authority on creating positive societal impact through entrepreneurship.

Notable Achievements: Professor Bacq’s recent work has focused on strengthening communities through collective action and entrepreneurship. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on creating civic wealth, which explores how diverse coalitions of citizens join forces to foster thriving and resilient communities. Her contributions to top-tier management and entrepreneurship journals and numerous awards attest to her significant impact in the field.

International Recognition: With a career that has spanned Europe, the United States, and South Africa, Professor Bacq’s influence extends across borders. She has been invited as a keynote speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide, including the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), the European University Network on Entrepreneurship (ESU), and the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Editorial Roles: Professor Bacq’s dedication to advancing entrepreneurship knowledge is evident in her editorial roles, including as a Field Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing and membership on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and Journal of Management. She has also guest-edited special issues for the Journal of Management Studies and the International Journal of Management Reviews.

Join us at ACERE 2024 to hear from Professor Sophie Bacq and gain insights into the dynamic world of social entrepreneurship from a true visionary in the field.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: 15 July to 15 September 2024 
  • Notification of acceptance to conference: 15 October 2024 
  • Full Paper Submission: 15 November 2024 
  • Final Full Paper Presentation Acceptance Notification: 15 December 2024 
  • Early Bird Registration: 15 December 2024 to 31 December 2024 
  • Late Registration: 1 January 2025 to 15 January 2025 
  • Conference Dates: 10-14 February 2025
  • Venue: Deakin University, Deakin Downtown   


As a first-time participant and a new doctoral student just 6 months in, the conference has been extremely useful for me in terms of my own personal learning and in meeting new, liked-minded individuals. I would definitely encourage more of my friends to apply the conference in the future.

Participant in 2023 Edition of ACERE