Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholar Program promotes research focused on co-operatives and supports both academics and co-op practitioners, who come to the Centre to undertake a specific project. Working in a concentrated study milieu and with access to extensive academic resources, visiting scholars typically develop a research paper, present seminars, and provide guest lectures in classes taught by Centre faculty. Below are examples of some recent visitors. You can find an archive of former visiting scholars here.

Julia Höhler, a postdoctoral fellow from Germany, was with us for three months in early 2018 expanding her research experience in co-operative studies.

Sevasti Chatzopoulou, on sabbatical leave from Roskilde University in Denmark, was with us for six months during the fall and winter of 2017–18. Both she and her husband, Kostas Karantininis, were students of Murray’s. Kostas, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, is at the University of Saskatchewan as the 2017–18 Van Vliet Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Danilo Vasconcellos is pursuing a master’s degree in co-operative management at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. He spent the fall term of 2017 working with Centre Fellow Abdullah Mamun on credit risk in financial co-operatives.

Esther Schmitt, a young scholar from Germany studying for her PhD at the University of València in Spain, was with us for the fall term of 2017, working with Murray and Brett on the governance aspects of her dissertation.

Lisa Callagher, a senior lecturer in management and international business at the University of Auckland Business School in New Zealand, spent 25 July–5 August 2016 with us as part of a sabbatical project. Lisa's research interests focus on the organisation and management of innovation in co-operatives and other collaborative business models, so her work was a perfect fit for some of the Centre's current research. She gave a seminar that looked at the importance of goal alignment between co-op management and individual members when the business is striving for more aggressive, growth-oriented strategies. Lisa left us on 6 August, heading to Toronto and Oxford for further research before returning home to New Zealand.

Ivana Catturani, a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Trento in Italy, was with us from February until May 2015. She was supported by a fellowship from the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme as well as by EURICSE, the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Enterprises. Ivana was researching the Canadian model of financial co-operative, focussed in particular on governance and the Desjardins model in Quebec. While with us, she gave a seminar presentation on governance issues in multilevel co-operative bank networks. She also took the opportunity to travel to Quebec for a week for interviews with Desjardins officials and did some exploring in western Canada before heading back to Italy at the end of May.

Dr. Carolin Schröder spent April, May, and June 2013 at the Centre. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Berlin. With a background in urban planning, she has been focussing on participation and co-operation in urban and regional planning as well as urban governance and management forms. Her work is dedicated to the problems and opportunities offered by interdisciplinary  and transdisciplinary research, a recurring subject in her publications. Over the last decade, she has co-ordinated a number of research projects, has taught at several universities,  and is currently responsible for the broad research area  “participation” at the Centre for Technology and Society, Technical University of Berlin.

Cristina Cano Ortega is a PhD student at the University of Almería in Spain. She was with us as a visiting scholar from mid-June to mid-September 2013, supported by a fellowship from the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme. Her work at the Centre compared the organizational, governance, legal, policy, and environmental challenges of Almería’s agricultural co-operative system with those in Canada’s agricultural co-ops to see how both positive and negative aspects of the Canadian experience might relate to the Spanish situation. Cristina has a law degree from the University of Almería and a master’s in private law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Prior to coming to the Centre, she spent three months as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Co-operative Studies at University College Cork, Ireland.

George Melnyk is associate professor, Film Studies, Department of Communication, Media, and Film, as well as Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary. He is author or editor of more than twenty-five books on Canadian topics, including The Search for Community, a global study of the co-operative movement. George is currently working with the Centre on a project titled "The National Film Board of Canada and Co-operative Films: A Historical Survey." He spent time with us in January 2013 doing research on the subject and returned in October to present a seminar.

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is a professor in the Department of African American Studies, John Jay College, City University of New York. She spent an entire year with us as a visiting scholar in 2008–09 working on a variety of projects with Centre personnel. One of these looked at the impacts of credit unions on communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and how credit union ownership benefits individual members and their communities. Jessica has continued her association with the Centre over the years and made several more extended visits to work on common research interests.

Dr. Gayle Broad is an associate professor in the Department of Community Development and Social Work at Algoma University as well as research director of the NORDIK Institute in Sault Saint Marie, Ontario. Gayle was also our Northern Ontario partner in the Centre’s recently concluded Linking, Learning, Leveraging research project. While here, she gave a seminar and had detailed discussions with Centre folk and personnel from the Community-University Institute for Social Research about the governance structure of these two units in relation to the NORDIK Institute.

Dr. Ann Hoyt is a professor in the Department of Consumer Science at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and was with us during March-April 2010. She worked with our then postdoctoral fellow Catherine Leviten-Reid, and Centre Fellows Michael Gertler and Lou Hammond Ketilson developing a course focussed on consumer co-operatives. At her home university, Ann is the co–principal investigator on a grant to measure the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of US co-operatives, a topic that fits well with one of the Centre’s current research initiatives studying the economic, social, and environmental impact of co-operatives in Canada, developed in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association (now Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada).

Dr. Marie Bouchard is Canada Research Chair in the Social Economy and a professor in the Department of Organization and Human Resources, School of Management, University of Quebec at Montreal. She spent a month with us in 2009 working with Murray Fulton and Brett Fairbairn on a project titled “Cognition and Governance in the Social Economy: Innovation in Multistakeholder Organizations.”

Dr. Curtis Stofferahn, Department of Sociology, University of North Dakota, spent three months with us in early 2008 pursuing research on the former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (SWP). His approach was to analyze the discourse around the conversion of the SWP to a publicly listed co-operative to discern the nature and persuasiveness of the arguments used by both proponents and opponents of conversion. His data consisted of newspaper articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor in the Western Producer, SWP publications, and the verbatim reports and minutes of the Standing Committee on Private Members’ Bills of the 1995 Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. While with us, Curt gave a presentation in the Centre Seminar Series and produced a research monograph and a paper for presentation at a professional meeting.

Dr. Cándido Román-Cervantes, an economic historian from the University of La Laguna in Spain’s Canary Islands, spent six months with us in 2007 researching economic globalization and co-operativism in Spain. While here, he made a seminar presentation and produced material for a Centre booklet titled Between Solidarity and Profit: The Agricultural Transformation Societies in Spain (1940–2000). He also took time to travel to Ottawa to run a marathon.

2004 – 2005

Jenny Grigg

Visiting on a Churchill Fellowship from Australia

2002 – 2003

Zhu Shufang

Professor from the Chongqing Technology and Business University in China

2001 – 2002

Herr Ulrich Werner

From the Stuttgart-based Southwest German Co-operative Federation

Armando Lessa


George Hendry


2000 – 2001

Marcelo Barroso

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).