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Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Research To Practice

Creating a diverse portfolio of research projects focused on identifying and addressing immediate issues facing nonprofits and social enterprises.

Faculty Fellows

The Wilson Center funds four Faculty Fellows each year. Fellows work on specific projects- generally case studies and academic research- that support the Center's mission and goals. Each recipient is awarded $5,000 and is supported by student research assistants. Since 2009, this program has produced 22 publications and manuscripts. Our Faculty Steering Committee sets funding priorities and selects candidates through a blind review process.

Brown Bag Lunch Research Seminars

The Wilson Center hosts a series of brown bag lunch seminars which showcase our past faculty fellow funded research projects. For accessibilty, our seminars are held during common hour and are webcast to the Pace online community.

Annual Undergraduate Research Day

The Office of Student Success coordinates this annual event celebrating collaborative research excellence between faculty and students. Wilson Center Faculty Fellows are often featured at this event as they continue to work with students on their relevant research.

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Research

The Wilson Center is proud to be a resource for both local and national organizations, including the Westchester County Executive and local Congressional representatives. We also offer our research in service of the University; the Economic Impact Report for Pace NYC and the Economic Impact Report for Pace Athletics were based on research by the Center. Wilson Center staff also produce independent research on topics including impact investing and social entrepreneurship education.

Digital Commons Initiative

Our Digital Commons SelectedWorks series serves to maximize the visibility and impact of our research. This repository is home to many online journals including the Pace Environmental Law Review, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, and Cornell University ILRReview. We currently have 30 works in our series. Since 2011, there have been 4,626 full-text downloads of our works.

Recent Publications and Works Underway

  • Tekula, Rebecca. "Governance and Performance in Nonprofits" Working Paper, 2011.
  • Tekula, Rebecca. "Social Enterprise: Innovation or Mission Distraction?” Working Paper, 2010.
  • Rahman, Noushi and Rebecca Tekula. "Back to Square One: An Examination of Social Entrepreneurship Centers and Programs." Working Paper, 2010
  • Rahman, Noushi. "Opening the Black-Box: Toward a Classification of Social Entrepreneurship." Working Paper, 2009.
  • Trexler, Jeffrey. "Social Entrepreneurship as an Algorithm: Is Social Enterprise Sustainable.” Emergence: Complexity & Organization. Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 65-85, 2008