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Research

The CCCBE aims to foster, co-ordinate, and promote the dissemination of interdisciplinary research related to the co-operative economy in BC and throughout the world. Our research is undertaken by faculty members, graduate students, and leaders of community organizations. This allows for a multi-faceted view of co-operatives and community-based economies.

Member researchOur multi-disciplinary group of researchers from various backgrounds investigate a wide variety of research topics.

Research grantsGrant funding from SSHRC, credit unions, and other organizations help us to carry out valuable research projects.

Case studiesOur case studies showcase the work we've been doing on and with co-operatives and the community-based economy.

The co-operative and community-based economy

"Co-operative and community-based economy" is taken to refer to collective undertakings, not necessarily co-operatives:

  • aimed at providing the needs and wants of some community or group, where any profits are a means of supplying those needs and wants,
  • managed autonomously and by democratic processes, and
  • in which persons and their participation are given priority over capital in the distribution of any surplus.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: conditions, including policies, that give rise to, or inhibit, co-operative and community-based economic activity; the relations between co-operative and community-based economic organizations and other forms of enterprise; examinations of sectoral organizations (health, housing, agriculture, etc.); issues of representation and participation in co-operative and community-based economic arrangements; the history, sociology, and/or anthropology of co-operative and community-based economic models; and co-operative and community-based arrangements as an instrument for sustainable community development, including Indigenous settings.

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