About

Our research network is made up of hundreds of researchers spread right across the world. Its aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in any area of co-operative research. The network has a number of different focuses including:

  • Co-operative Education
  • Enterprise
  • International Development
  • History and Heritage of the Co-operative movement
  • Work and Sectoral Organisation

The Co-operative Research Network (CRN)

Researchers 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.

CRN is an international network of approximately 100 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 here. 

If you have any questions please contact Amanda Benson, Projects and Research Co-ordinator at [email protected].

We also run two further Research Networks, details of which are below:-

The Research Advisory Group (RAG) is interdisciplinary, consists of a number of experienced co-operative academics and practitioners and meets 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.

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.