Giulia Galera is Senior Researcher at Euricse since 2008. Her research activities are focused on: the role and potential of social enterprises in Central Eastern Europe, the concept of social enterprise and its legal evolution, new typologies of cooperatives, innovative pathways for integrating asylum seekers and refugees, the role of social enterprises in building a proximity welfare system. Giulia graduated in International and Diplomatic sciences and she obtained a PhD in International Studies from the School of International Studies of the University of Trento. She coordinated several European and international research projects, including the recent follow-up of the “Mapping Study on Social Enterprise eco-systems” , co-led by Euricse and EMES and she collaborated with several international and national institutions, including the European Commission, ILO, UNDP, OECD, and the European Parliament. She is currently member of the Advisory Boards of two OECD projects: “Guidelines and Good Practices to develop Legal Frameworks for Social Enterprises” and "The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream" and she is in charge of co-ordinating the research Work Package of the Erasmus Plus EU Project B-WISE.