Counter currency lab

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The Counter Currency Laboratory is an interdisciplinary social scientific initiative based in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria that facilitates research and teaching on money, complementary currencies, and the future of payment and payment systems.

The lab has three main research foci:

1) analyzing debates over money in Islamic economics and finance

2) examining how the production of money becomes the object of political intervention and activism

3) researching alternative, local, and complementary currencies

The Counter Currency Laboratory is also the repository for the archives of the Comox Valley Green Dollar, the world’s first modern local exchange trading system (LETS), which was pioneered on Vancouver Island in the 1980s. The director of the lab is the anthropologist, Daromir Rudnyckyj.