Co-operation can take various forms, including consumer, social, worker, finance, producer co-operatives and other membership-based democratic organisations. We seek to understand the co-operative sector, the contribution it makes or has the potential to make to social and economic development, and shape and inform public policy debate on the sector.
We aim to be the focal point for all co-operative research undertaken in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Explore our projects.
A project funded by the Business Council of Co-operatives that explores the role that co-operatives and mutuals can play in the economic recovery from COVID 19 and rebuilding Australia's manufacturing capacity.
The project explores the development of the Credit Union Foundation, which has played an important role in promoting credit unions and financial literacy, both in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Area.
The project, which is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Program (DP170100573) for the period 2017-2020, aims to investigate the development of co-operatives in Australia and provide other researchers with a tool to investigate the co-operative sector in interactive and visual ways.
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We are interested in attracting sponsors for the project, particularly after the ARC funding ends in 2020. Funding would be through the University of Sydney and if you or your organisation are interested, please contact Emeritus Professor Greg Patmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A research study about the history of the Macleay Regional Co-operative since its last commissioned history in 2005 and focus on the events that led to its decision to enter voluntary liquidation. The project will examine management structure, policy making and decisions. It also looks at Macleay Regional Co-operative’s relationship with its employees, members and community. This study is being funded by Co-operative Federation Ltd.
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