The MacPherson Talks

A Special Seminar Series at the Centre

The MacPherson Talks honour the late Dr. Ian MacPherson, one of the leading lights of the international co-operative movement. Historian, educator, author, and passionate co-operator, Ian personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. There will be one talk annually at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, featuring an international co-operative scholar or practitioner whose work reflects the values that Ian held dear.

Read more about Ian here.



The 2016 presentation featured Dr. Markus Hanisch, managing director of the Berlin Institute for Cooperative Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Markus's research aims to understand the roles of co-ops and producer organizations in the sustainable development of value chains, rural development, and innovation. He has wide-ranging research interests, including changes in co-operative ownership and control structures, the role of co-ops in the reform of the energy sector in Germany, and co-ops as organizations of community-based service provision in rural areas, among many others.

You can view Markus's presentation — "Changing Governance in European Co-operatives: Simply Shifting or Losing Control?" — here.