Michael Gertler

Fellow in Community and Co-operative Development
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Associate professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science

Arts 1017
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon  SK  S7N 5A5
Phone: (306) 966–8501
Fax: (306) 966–6950
Email: michael.gertler@usask.ca

  • PhD, Cornell
  • MSc, McGill
  • BES, Waterloo
Michael joined the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives in 1996 and is a faculty member with the Department of Sociology, where he teaches the sociology of communities and community development, rural sociology, environmental sociology, and the sociology of agriculture and food. He is an associate member of the School of Environment and Sustainability and serves on the management board of the Community-University Institute for Social Research as well as on the advisory committee for the interdisciplinary program in Regional and Urban Planning. He has served in various capacities with the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation and the Rural Sociological Society.
Michael’s research focuses on organizational innovations and knowledge practices that support sustainable resource use, livelihoods, and communities. Through participation in field research in Canada, the USA, Haiti, Costa Rica, and Mongolia, he has contributed to the study of many kinds of co-operatives, agro-food industry restructuring, the organic sector, and rural diversification. His current research focuses on the political economy of organic farming, on the restructuring of community pasture systems, and on co-operative arrangements for managing the grazing commons.
Michael's publications include:
  • JoAnne Jaffe and Michael Gertler. “Rural Sociology.” In The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, ed. Kathleen Odell Korgen. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Arcadio Viveros-Guzmán and Michael Gertler. "Latino Farmworkers in Saskatchewan: Language Barriers and Health and Safety." Journal of Agromedicine 20 (2015): 341-348. 10.1080/1059924X.2015.1048400.

  • Michael Gertler. "Co-operatives." In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues. 10.4135/9781483346304.n105.

  • Co-operative Marketing Options for Organic Agriculture. Jason Heit and Michael Gertler, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (136 pp.), 2009

  • Co-operative Membership as a Complex and Dynamic Social Process. Michael Gertler, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (28 pp.), 2006

  • Synergy and Strategic Advantage: Co-operatives and Sustainable Development. Michael Gertler, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (16 pp.), 2006

  • Farmers' Markets in North America: A Background Document. Kim Sanderson, Michael Gertler, Diane Martz, and Ramesh Mahabir, Community-University Institute for Social Research (27 pp.), 2005

  • Michael Gertler, JoAnn Jaffe, and Lenore Swystun. "The Old Same Place? Gender Relations on Co-operative and Conventional Farms in Saskatchewan." Prairie Forum 29 (2004): 253-77.

  • Beyond Beef and Barley: Organizational Innovation and Social Factors in Farm Diversification and Sustainability. Michael Gertler, JoAnn Jaffe, and Lenore Swystun (118 p., Research Reports Series), 2003.

  • Rural Co-operatives and Sustainable Development. Michael Gertler (36 p.), 2001.

  • The Social and Economic Importance of the Co-operative Sector in Saskatchewan. Lou Hammond Ketilson, Michael Gertler, Murray Fulton, Roy Dobson, and Leslie Polsom (244 p.), 1998.