7-9 July 2021 - On line

“Cooperatives in transition facing crisis”


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The International Cooperative Alliance Committee on Cooperative Research (ICA CCR) EUROPE Research Conference will be held on 7-8-9 July 2021.
The whole Conference, i.e. all workshops, keynotes and roundtables, will be held online. The conference may also be audited by participants who will not be presenting papers.

The ICA CCR Europe 2021 Conference will deepen the understanding of the resilience of cooperatives facing crisis.

How does the cooperative movement contribute to sustainable and solidarity societies? How do cooperatives anticipate and respond to new business opportunities and develop innovative solutions for a sustainable and solidarity future? How do we  characterize the democratic work of cooperatives and their impact, from the point of view of organizations, territories, and emancipation? The Conference will explore how cooperatives address current global issues and challenges, such as improving sustainable development, reducing income and wealth inequality, enhancing gender equality and offering a future with decent work. The competitive advantage of cooperative democracy, business performance, market share, best governance and digital capabilities will also be explored.

Moreover, the ICA CCR Europe 2021 Conference offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Review of Social Economy or Recma (http://recma.org). Founded in 1921 by Charles Gide and Bernard Lavergne, the Recma is today one of the oldest peer-reviewed journals dedicated to works on cooperation and social economy.

The ICA CCR Europe 2021 Conference will explore and address specific themes intrinsically linked to the overarching theme of the Congress: “Cooperatives in transitions facing crisis”.





Prof. Tine De Moor holds a PhD in History from Ghent University (2003) and a postgraduate in Environmental Sciences at the University of Antwerp (1999). Since September 2021 she holds a chair as Professor of Social Enterprise & Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University. As a scientist, she wants to be at the heart of society, focus on important social themes, and enter the dialogue with citizens, governments, and companies. Issues that have been studied by her current and past research teams are the many energy and care cooperatives that have developed over the past decennia, the initiatives of citizens involved in short chain food supply, the formation of platform cooperatives and the renewal of the mutual as a form of insurance for the self-employed. Taking a long-term perspective, prof. De Moor’s research is aimed at understanding the function and impact of the social enterprise in society.

Thursday 8 July - 17:00-18:00

"Coping through cooperation? The Cooperatives in and after crises, in past and present"


Prof. André Torre is Research Professor at the University Paris-Saclay, and INRAE (Institut National de Recherche pour l'Agriculture, l'Alimentation et l'Environnement). He is President of ERSA (European Regional Science Association) http://www.ersa.org/, and Managing editor of the Revue d'Economie Régionale et Urbaine (RERU) https://www.reru.fr/index.php?lg=EN His research focuses on the analysis of local relationships and their importance in the coordination processes between actors. It is mainly related to two areas: - local and distant interactions between innovative firms, and more particularly the role played by various types of proximity in the transmission of knowledge; - territorial development processes and their modes of governance, conflict and cooperation. André Torre has published 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 20 books, alone or co-edited, and has edited some than 20 special issues of journals, mainly on issues related to space and coordination between actors.

Friday 9 July - 16:15-17:15

"Sustainable territorial development, cooperation matters"


We look forward to meeting you, even by video, for a time of rich and fruitful scientific exchanges
that we will make as friendly as possible.