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Professor Bernard Laurent

Professor Bernard Laurent

Senior Research Associate

Professor of Economics at EMLYON

Visiting Fellow, St Edmund's College


Professor Bernard Laurent is an economist, a lecturer at the EMLYON Business School and a Visiting Fellow at St Edmund's College. He has been collaborating with the VHI since 2007 and was appointed as Senior Research Associate in 2016. He represents the French Christian Trade Union (C.F.T.C.) on the board and on the Scientific Committee of I.R.E.S., a research center dedicated to French Trade Unions. Since 2013 he is an advisor at the Rhône-Alpes CESER (economic-social-environmental Council for Rhône-Alpes Region).

Research Interests

Laurent is working on the complex relationship between Catholic Social Teaching and the market economy. His current research focuses on the appropriate application of the main features of Catholic Social Teaching in world affairs. 

Key Publications


  • (with Peter Wirtz) Quelle gouvernance pour quelles valeurs ? : Aux sources du discours légitimant la structure de la propriété du groupe Auchan. RIMHE - Revue Interdisciplinaire Management, Homme(s) & Entreprise, 13, 2014.
  • Caritas in Veritate as a Social Encyclical : A Modest Challenge to Economic, Social, and Public Insitutions. Theological studies, (71 – 3, 2010).
  • Catholism and liberalism : Two Ideologies in Confrontation, Theological Studies, Vol. 68, N° 4, Decembre 2007, pp. 808-838.

  • L'enseignement social de l'Eglise et l'économie de marché (Parole et Silence, 2007).


  • Une politique monétaire au service de la finance , Tribune, La Croix, 4 avril 2016
  • Méphisto en grand argentier, Tribune, Libération, 22 mars 2016.
  • La doctrine sociale de l’Eglise au service de la dignité de la personne humaine: Cor Unum, Janvier 2015, n° 1.
  • Le rôle des marché financiers, Dossier "L'entreprise en péril", La Nef, n° 225, Avril 2011.


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