ICA Co-operative Research Conference 2016

Although the Centre has always been well represented at the ICA's Co-operative Research conferences, we sent the largest contingent ever — nine people — to the one held 24–27 May in Almería, Spain. The group included Centre Fellows Murray Fulton, Brett Fairbairn, Lou Hammond Ketilson, Dionne Pohler, and Isobel Findlay, staff members Darcy Overland and Merle Massie, Centre Scholar Len Findlay, and PhD candidate Travis Reynolds. And for the first time, two Centre board members — Glen Tully and Brent Hueth — were listed authors on presentations.

In addition to more than 160 formal presentations from researchers around the world, the conference also included an academic writing workshop, young scholar sessions, daily cafés, and visits to local co-operatives.

Centre folk presented on topics such as the role of co-operatives in promoting the interest of the community,  co-op governance and organizational design, co-operatives and education, co-ops and social capital, and rural development. Read more about the conference here.


Left to right, Centre Scholar Len Findlay, Linda Shaw, recently retired from the UK Co-operative College, Deborah Ralls, a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Centre Fellow Isobel Findlay. They are at the reception during the visit to BIOSABOR, a wholesale distributor of organic produce from the area.