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Past research

Our continuing success with Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant applications has had a considerable impact on the centre. A growing number of faculty members and students bring their research interests and this creates a robust research life at the centre. To help with this research, we have engaged graduate students. Following are some examples of the centre's past successful grant projects:

Public outreach to mobilize knowledge (2008)

CCCBE was a co-applicant for this SSHRC grant, "Public outreach to key management sectors to transfer knowledge from Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP)," $75,000 over three years. The project was led by Dr. Ian MacPherson of UVic and the co-applicants included Rupert Downing and Dr. Ana Maria Peredo from UVic. One result has been a report on the role of social innovation and social enterprise in Canada authored by Peredo and Dr. Noel Keough of the University of Calgary. Graduate students Michael Litchfield (Law) and Janna McCaskill (Political Science) supported this project. Read more...

Building co-operative economy (2008)

How to build a co-operative economy? What makes community-based organizations and particularly co-ops co-operate? How can we support co-operation? This SSHRC-funded project aimed to foster co-operation among co-ops, create opportunities for knowledge mobilization, and studying national and international models of co-operation for regional development.

To foster co-operation, this project financially supported BC Co-operative Association's activities promoting co-operation among co-ops. The project supported the knowledge mobilization activities at CCCBE, including the visit of Dr. Marilyn Waring and Dr. Stephano Zagmani, as well as John Restakis' book launch among others forums and colloquiums activities. Additionally, the centre held several engagements to support community-based research with community organizations. Students Chantal Orr from the Gustavson School of Business was involved in research activities in the Nelson region, supporting the activities of Upper Columbia Co-op Council. Student Kalilah Alwani was engaged in community-based research to strengthen the leadership of the South Island Regional Co-operative Council. Carter Smith, a student from the Gustvason School, was instrumental in identifying and mapping co-operative organizations. In addition our colleagues, Dr. James Rowe (UVic) and Dr. Noel Keogh (U. Calgary) supported some knowledge mobilization activities in downtown Victoria. Read more...

Mines, pipelines, and Caribou (2007)

A three-year project from Dr. Robert Anderson (U. Regina) and Dr. Ana Maria Peredo (UVic) at looking at First Nations business models. Cliff Atleo, a graduate student (Indigenous Governance), was hired to support the last year of this SSHRC project. Read more...

Developing co-operatives

Drawing on the insights of experienced co-op developers locally, across the country and internationally, our research examines critical factors that affect the success of co-operatives and highlights effective practices to support their development. Read more...

Social economy

In collaboration with CCEDNEt, CCCBE was the host organization for the Canadian Social Economy Hub. The Hub is a five-year project that seeks to understand how the approaches of the social economy can be better understood and applied within Canadian communities and organizations. Read more...

Co-operatives and peace

We examine the role co-operatives take in contributing to the maintenance and building of peace in areas affected by conflict, crisis, and natural disasters. Our work provides an interesting view of how co-operatives are responding to conflict, contributing to democratic processes, and rebuilding the societies in which they operate. Read more...

Youth and co-operatives

CCCBE seeks to engage youth interested in the co-operative model and co-operation. Through conferences, books, and fun online resources, we attempt provide much needed youth-oriented information on co-ops. Our research also explores how youth think about and use co-operatives to meet their social and economic needs. Read more...

Co-operatives in British Columbia

Much of the early history of BC's co-operative movement is unknown and not researched. Through our many collected stories and case studies we seek to show the vital roles co-operatives played and continue to have within the different sectors of the economy, rural communities, and among ethnic and religious groups in our province. Read more...

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