What we do

We believe in researching every aspect of global co-operation in order to understand the role, place and potential of co-ops in the 21st century. We work with amazing partners and associates who are as passionate about researching the co-operative difference as we are.

Recent work

Our recent work includes reports for Co-ops UK and the TUC that have investigated co-operative social care and how co-ops offer solutions to precarious work.  This is groundbreaking research which puts co-ops at the heart of thinking about future social and industrial policy. We also run dedicated courses on research skills.

We love supporting research which looks at co-operation in many different ways. The Social Haunting/Songlines project funded by the Arts and Heritage Research Council (AHRC) has allowed the College to work with Manchester Metropolitan University and groups in Rochdale to explore ways of presenting and understanding lives and communities through song, sound and art. This has resulted in participants from Rochdale Young Mind and Bangladeshi women in the Workers’ Educational Association producing wonderful songs and stories.

Events and Researchers Network

We take research seriously at the College. Not only do we host an annual conference, we also have close links with researchers at Co-ops UK and the UK Society of Co-operative Studies. Our links also extend internationally, with strong established relationships with universities and researchers across the globe.

Internally we co-ordinate a Research Advisory Group and externally, a Co-operative Research Network. You can see more about this network here.

We are committed to researching the many varieties and forms of co-operation and sharing it with others.