We have several different research networks made up of researchers spread right across the world. The aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in any area of co-operative research and also at different stages of their research careers/practice. The networks have a number of different focuses including:

  • Co-operative education
  • Enterprise
  • International development
  • History and heritage of the co-operative movement
  • Work and organisations

Details of each of these networks can be found below:

Co-operative Early Researcher Network (CERN) 

We currently have a number of PhD students formally associated with the College with whom we have a supervisory or critical friend role. We also have strong relationships with universities and senior academics, such as Professor Tony Webster who is playing a leading role in supporting this CERN network. We are keen to see CERN continue to develop as a researcher community with a co-operative researcher identity, encouraging members of the network to form panels at conferences such as our Co-operative Education and Research Conference. If you would like to be added to the contact list for this network, please contact [email protected]

The Research Advisory Group (RAG)

This is an interdisciplinary network which consists of a number of experienced co-operative academics and practitioners, meeting 2/3 times a year. RAG acts as a sounding board for potential research bids the College might make and provides a horizon scanning function - spotting things which might be of research interest to the College as they go about their own scholarly work.

The Co-operative Research Network (CRN)

This is an international network of interdisciplinary academic and practitioner researchers. When possible we run events and activities. This group is organised through an unmediated Facebook group which can be accessed hereResearchers are encouraged to take ownership of the network and use it to share knowledge and ideas, whilst it can also be used as a tool to identify potential research collaborations. If you have any questions please contact [email protected].