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Co-operatives Research Group

Exploring how people work together
We provide a forum for research and teaching about all forms of mutual organisations.

About us

Co-operation can take various forms, including consumer, social, worker, finance, producer co-operatives and other membership-based democratic organisations. We seek to understand the co-operative sector, the contribution it makes or has the potential to make to social and economic development, and shape and inform public policy debate on the sector.

We aim to be the focal point for all co-operative research undertaken in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Our research

Explore our projects.

The project, which is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Program (DP170100573) for the period 2017-2019, aims to investigate the development of co-operatives in Australia and provide other researchers with a tool to investigate the co-operative sector in interactive and visual ways. 

Download the project overview (pdf 159KB)

We are interested in attracting sponsors for the project, particularly after the ARC funding ends in 2019. Funding would be through the University of Sydney and if you or your organisation are interest, please contact Emeritus Professor Greg Patmore at greg.patmore@sydney.edu.au.

Our people

Meet our academics and researchers.

Professor Greg Patmore, Chair

Dr Mark Westcott, Director

  • Ann Apps, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Nikki Balnave, Macquarie University
  • Sam Byrne, Director, Co-operative Federation of NSW
  • Grahame Danaher, Westfund
  • Peter Gates, Mercury Co-operative
  • Alan Greig, The Mercury Centre
  • Suzanne Henderson, Sommerson Communications
  • Dr Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Charles Sturt University
  • Dr Olivera Marjanovic, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Peter Mason, Credit Union Foundation of Australia
  • Melina Morrison, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
  • Richard O'Leary, Chief Executive, Macleay Co-operative
  • Dr Eddie Oczkowski, Charles Sturt University
  • Neville Parsons, Holiday Coast Credit Union
  • Dr Zhang Ran, East China Normal University, Shanghai
  • Troy Sarina, Macquarie University

Our events

Explore our events, past and present.

More events to be scheduled, please check back later.

Australian Mutuals History – Our Mutual History Saved and Shared
  • 29 March 2019
  • This presentation outlined the work that is undertaken by Australian Mutuals History (AMH) to preserve, promote and make accessible the history of the Australian credit union movement and the customer owned banking sector. 
The co-operative life
  • 31 August 2018
  • Delivering person-centred care in an employee-owned social care business in a range of community settings across Sydney and the New England region.
Audacious rookie or solid performer
  • 6 April 2018
  • Reflecting on the activities of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.
Co-operatives from below: Forming and sustaining new co-operatives symposium
  • 3 November 2017
  • The third annual joint research symposium of Co-ops NSW and the University of Sydney Business School’s Co-operatives Research Group featuring speakers from academia and industry.
Consumer co-operatives in Australia, the US and China
  • 20 October 2017
  • Bringing together Australian contributors to the Global History of the Consumer Co-operation Project to discuss their findings.
Co-operatives Research Group Symposium
  • 5 May 2017
  • Race Mathews discusses his new book, Of labour and liberty: Distributism in Victoria 1891-1966, with commentary by Tim Ayres, Jenny McAllister and Melina Morrison.

Chair

Professor Greg Patmore
Professor Greg Patmore
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Director

Dr Mark Westcott
Dr Mark Westcott
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