Microfinance Lunch Break on Microcredit Interest Rates
MarekHudon_Microfinance Lunch Break


First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development

(Co-president closing speech)

3rd European Research Conference on Microfinance

(Keynote speaker speech)

Marek Hudon's research fields

  • Social and nonprofit entreprises (Microfinance and Complementary Currencies)

  • Business Ethics

  • Sustainable Development

  • Development Studies


Recent research projects

  • Innoviris (Brussels Region): ULB Promotor of Co-Create projects related to alternative exchange systems or community currencies (E-Change); citizen supermarket BEESCOOP and two projects related to urban agriculture.
    Dates: 2016-2019
  • Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO): ULB Partner in the BRAIN project on food systems: "Food4Sustainabilty", funding of one researcher at the ULB. Partners: UCL (Prof. Olivier de Schutter, Prof. Tom Dedeurwaerdere); KUL (Prof. Erik Matthijs)
    Dates: 2013-2018
  • Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO): ULB Partner in the Interuniversity attraction pole (IAP) on social enterprises: "If not for profit, for what? and how? Building interdisciplinary knowledge on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise", funding of one PhD student and four years of post-doctoral fellowship at the ULB.
    Dates: 2012-2017
  • Conference "First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development" (Premier Congrès Interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable), Co-president with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (UCL, GIEC).
    Date: 31/1/2013 & 01/02/2013
  • FNRS/ FRFC: Co-promotor with B. de Rock (ULB), A. Szafarz (ULB) and P. Verwimp (ULB) of a FRFC project "Microfinance Services, Intra-household Behaviour and Welfare in Developing Countries: A longitudinal and experimental approach", funding of two researchers for four years and funding of field project.
    Start: January 2012
  • Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO): Co-promotor (with W. Hecq, ULB) of INESPO (Innovative instruments for Energy Saving Policies: White Certificates and Complementary Currencies) project "Science for a Sustainable Development (SSD)".
    Website: 20E.pdf
    Start: December 2009
  • Conference "First European Research Conference in Microfinance": President of the 3-day Conference. Participation of 250 people.
    Date: June 2009
  • "Targeted interuniversity projects / Projet Interuniversitaire Ciblé" (PIC) of CUD: ULB Partner of a projet on microfinance in DR Congo (4 ans) coordinated by M. Labie (UMONS; CERMi).
    Start: May 2010.
  • Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment (IBGE): Co-promotor with Marc Lemaire (Groupe One) of two studies on the use of complementary currencies for environmental goals
    Start: November 2009
    End: October 2011


Specific field experience in microfinance

  • Vietnam (1 year research stay on the transformation of MFIs in 2011-2012)
  • India (research on motivation of microentrepreneurs, research seminar and training; total of 10 months in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007)
  • Kenya (research on the transformation of MFIs in 2011)
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda (expert for the evaluation of the European Commission (EU-ACP Microfinance Program in 2011)
  • Mali, Senegal (teaching courses on microfinance in 2009 & 2010)
  • Morocco (research seminar and course in 2007)