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.
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Investigator: Greg Patmore
Investigating the development of the co-operative business model in Australia before 2012, the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. We are constructing a Visual Atlas of Australian Co-operatives that charts their clustering, growth, decline and revival.
We are also studying Australian agricultural and consumer co-operatives to construct a long-term historical framework that explains the growth, decline and revival of this business model. Our aim is to help policymakers enhance consumer choice about healthy food and make Australian agriculture more internationally competitive.
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Watch this space for our latest events.
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.
6 April 2018
Reflecting on the activities of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.
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.
20 October 2017
Bringing together Australian contributors to the Global History of the Consumer Co-operation Project to discuss their findings.
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.