Welcome to the International Emerging Co-op Researchers page!
Who is this website for?
This site is for anyone studying co-operatives who isn’t already established in their field. You could be:
– a high school student looking for a university program that will take your love of the co-op movement to the next level;
– a Ph.D. student who has just found out that a particular co-op makes a rich case study as part of your dissertation;
– a new member relations officer needing to discover and communicate how participation within her co-op sets it apart from its competitors;
– and on, and on.
OK, that could include me, too. But why would I need this site?
The world of co-ops is highly diverse in sector, industry, organizational form, scale, ideology, and geography. This diversity is an incredible strength, but also makes for a very fragmented world that is hard for the uninitiated to navigate. Young academics can find themselves studying in isolation in departments without advisors that understand co-ops. Staff of small co-ops may find themselves reinventing the wheel trying to measure their co-op’s social impacts. Conferences are great for exposure, but what if you need more than a chance encounter in a crowded room?
Alright, so what does this site have to offer?
– The ECR Network: More than just a directory of fellow-travelers, this searchable, sortable database is enriched with user-submitted links that let us share what we know, and even collaborate!
– Opportunities and Resources: A list of opportunities particularly relevant to emerging co-op researchers, both inside and outside of academics.
– Converse!: This page is where network members share news, announcements, and discussions.
– Careers In/Through Co-op Research: A forum for established co-op researchers to share their stories on how they got where they’re at: advice, tips, recommendations, and cautionary tales.