C. Sara Minard
Minard, PhD., is a socio-economist, lecturer, writer, development practitioner and policy analyst with 15+ years of experience teaching and working in the areas of economic development policy, market-based approaches to development, design thinking for development practice, social entrepreneurship, social economy, and program design, monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Northeastern, Minard taught (2009-2014) in the Economic and Political Development Concentration of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she launched the school’s first courses in social entrepreneurship and design thinking for sustainable development. She also taught development practice and social entrepreneurship at Sciences-Po in Paris for several years prior to teaching at Columbia.
Minard’s research uses fieldwork and statistics to study the historical and systemic dynamics of informal entrepreneurship and employment through the lens of social economy and social entrepreneurship in order to advance new economic thinking and policy on sustainable economic development. Her current scholarship studies the enabling environments for social entrepreneurship in several low-income countries by examining how social entrepreneurship disrupts the relationship between informal and formal markets, the state and social institutions, including traditional development institutions, in the process of public value creation, social innovation and economic justice.