Visiting Fellows, Scholars, and Professors
This page is currently under construction. — January 2011
Visiting Research Fellow Program
This program is designed to encourage and promote research that focuses on co-operatives. Financial support may be provided to both academic scholars and co-operative practitioners who undertake a specific short-term project that would benefit from concentrated study in a research milieu and from access to extensive academic resources. While at the Centre, researchers typically develop a research paper, present one or two seminars geared for the public, give a more in-depth presentation to Centre staff, and/or provide guest lectures in classes of the Centre’s faculty.
The following are some of our distinguished visitors, including Fellows, Scholars, and Professors.
Gayle visited the Centre in January 2011 and presented for our seminar series. The title of her presentation was, “Building Respectful Relations: Community-University Research Partnerships in the Social Economy”.
From the website of the Centre for Community Entreprise: “Gayle has over 25 years’ experience in community development primarily in the nonprofit sector. She has developed, founded, and managed service delivery programs, major public education and advocacy efforts, and policy and legislative reform. Strongly committed to inclusive and participatory practices, she has worked with employee-owners, women’s organizations, people in conflict with the law, mental health consumers, and people with disabilities. Gayle combines a background in legal advocacy with years of experience in facilitation, conflict resolution, strategic planning and program evaluation. Author of a number of articles on participatory action research and issues in community development, she currently is an instructor in the Community Economic and Social Development Program at Algoma University College.”
Gayle is a lead researcher with the Linking, Learning, Leveraging Social Economy Research Project.
Visit Gayle’s webpage.
2009 – 2010
Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Jessica is working on a project with Lou and contract researcher Dwayne Pattison titled “Impacts of Credit Unions on Communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Measuring Member and Community Benefits and Asset Building from Credit Union Ownership.“
Read more about Jessica here.
Ann joined us for two weeks in March and April of 2009 as a Visiting Scholar. While here, she worked with Lou, Michael, and Catherine in developing a new course focused on consumer co-operatives. She was particularly interested in the centre’s courses on co-operative business as well as our graduate seminar on co-operatives and sustainable development. At her home university, Ann is involved in research measuring the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of US co-operatives. This is an excellent ﬁt with the centre’s new research headed by CCA studying the economic, social, and environmental impact of co-operatives in Canada. Lou and Ann plan to collaborate in the future on developing measures of wealth creation by consumer co-operatives and credit unions. During her time with us, she availed herself of our library resources and presented a seminar: “Can Worker Co-operativesReduce Recidivism? Italian Worker Co-operatives and Offender Rehabilitation.”
Read more about Ann here.
2008 – 2009
Maria is working with Brett and Murray on a Social Economy project titled “Cognition and Governance in the Social Economy: Innovation in Multistakeholder Organizations“.
2007 – 2008
Department of Historical and Institutional Economics
Universidad de La Laguna
Pabellón de Gobierno, C/ Molinos de Agua s/n.
38207 La Laguna, España
Cándido spent six months at the Centre as a visiting fellow researching economic globalization and co-operativism in Spain. While here he made a seminar presentation and produced a centre booklet, Between Solidarity and Profit: The Agricultural Transformation Societies in Spain, 1940-2000.
Curtis was with us for three months doing research on the former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Curt gave a presentation in the Centre Seminar Series and planned to produce a research monograph, a paper for presentation at a professional meeting, and some type of centre publication to come out of his research.
See Curtis’ website.
2004 – 2005
Visiting on a Churchill Fellowship from Australia
2002 – 2003
Professor from the Chongqing Technology and Business University in China
2001 – 2002
Herr Ulrich Werner
From the Stuttgart-based Southwest German Co-operative Federation
2000 – 2001
Sao Paulo, Brazil
1998 – 1999
Sigismundo Bialoskorski Neto, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
Professor Bialoskorski Neto spent three weeks with us in April 1998 doing research at both the Centre and Sask Wheat Pool.
Vitaly Zinovchuk, president of the National Agricultural Co-operative of Ukraine
Dr. Zinovchuk, an agricultural economist, spent a week with us in November 1998 as part of his cross Canada tour studying co-operative organizations, research for a book he will be writing on the topic.
Rodney Geraldi, Escola Superior de Agricultura, Piracicaba, Brazil
For two weeks in February we hosted Rodney Geraldi, an agriculture student studying English and who undertook some work with Murray Fulton.
Paul McLaughlin, University of New Jersey, Sociology Department
Dr. McLaughlin joined the Centre for three months to conduct research on the consumer co-operative movement.
1991 – 1992
George Melnyk, Calgary Alberta
Mr. Melnyk spent three months at the Centre beginning in early January, 1992. He is actively involved in studying and promoting the idea of co-operative living and working. The primary focus of Mr. Melnyk’s work was to revise his widely used book, The Search for Community: From Utopia to a Co-operative Society (Black Rose Books, 1985; Japanese edition, 1990). Updating this book, which examines co-operative societies around the world, was necessitated by the political and economic upheaval in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Co-operatives in those countries face fundamental social, economic, and structural changes, which Mr. Melnyk addresses in his revised edition. As well, a new chapter descrbing the rapidly growing co-operative movement in Japan was added.
Patrick Develtere, Leuven, Belgium
Mr. Develtere began his three month stay in mid-February, 2991. While at the Centre, he was on leave from his position as Project Director of the International Development Service for the Belgium Christian Workers’ Studies at Leuven University in Belgium. He is pursuing doctoral studies at Leuven University in Belgium with his thesis work on the role of co-operatives in the development of third-word countries. His research project here at the Centre focused on the evolution of co-operatives from government-mandated organizations to spontaneous grassroots social movements. Mr. Develtere has worked with co-operative development projects around the world while on staff with the International Labour Organization and is now directly involved in his present position with the establishment of co-operative development initiatives in third-world countries. This gives him valuable insights into the development roles that co-operatives play in different social and political milieux. Extensive reading, research, and discussion at the Centre helped him meld this practical understanding with historical and theoretical perspectives. The results of his work are available in a Centre occasional paper, 92.03.
Professor Edith Guiget, the National University, Argentina
Professor Guiget, who teaches in the area of economics and development, visited the Centre during the first two weeks of July, 1991. The visit was part of her research tour of Canadian co-operatives, which was funded through an international program involving the Canadian and Argentinian Governments. While here, she made extensive use of the the Centre’s resource materials as background for her study, which will be a comparative look at the co-operative systems in Canada and Argentina.
Professor Ian McKenna, University of Lethbridge, Alberta
Professor McKenna came to the Centre for several days in December, 1991, to discuss his interest in co-operative theory and co-operative enterprise. During his stay, he was able to identify research resources for future reference and also met with Centre faculty and with other university faculty to gather ideas for course development in the area of co-operatives and industrial relations.
Mr. Nick Orton, Canadian Federation of Worker Co-operatives
Mr. Orton visited the Centre to talk with staff members generally about worker co-operatives and to consult with Daniel Ish specifically about legal issues relating to worker co-ops. He was also promoting a more positive view of worker co-operatives. His own worker co-operative, a health-food wholesale in British Columbia, has been an outstanding success and he shared with Centre staff many of the elements of that achievement.
Ms. Yongmei Tang, Guizhou Agricultural College, China
Ms. Tang, a visiting scholar at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Rural Economy, visited the Centre in February to meet the staff and use the library resources. Her research interest is in planning for agricultural development and she is looking at the role that co-operatives can play.
Ms. Hitoni Nakamichi, Central Co-operative College, Tokyo, Japan
Ms. Nakamichi was on a tour of co-operatives and educational institutions in Canada to gather information for a major revision of her college’s curriculum on agriculture and co-operaratives. The college plans to become the Co-operative University, specializing in training students for management jobs with agricultural co-operatives.
Dr. Ian Swinney, University of Glasgow, School of Law
“Dr. Swinney spent a sabbatical period from mid-March to early May, 1991 at the University of Saskatchewan to pursue research on the history of the development of Canadian legislation as it applies to co-operatives. His research analysis will compare Canadian developments to similar legislative development in the United Kingdom, with a view to understanding the effects that different types of legislation can have on the activities and formation of co-operatives. Dr. Swinney made extensive use of the library resources at the Centre as well as those at the College of Law. His research involved extensive discussion with various staff members of the Centre to understand the history, structures, and current status of co-operatives in Canada, and particularly in Saskatchewan.” (Centre for the Study of Co-operatives Annual Report, 1990-1991).