UK Society for Co-operative Studies Conference 2024
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March, 2024 in Lichfield, Staffordshire
Supported by: Central Co-op
Sustainability of the co-operative ecosystem: The role of secondary co-operatives and federations
The Conference will have a blend of keynote speakers, presentations, discussion and visits/talks to give delegates both significant input and plenty of opportunity to engage in discussion with colleagues around the key theme: Co-operation among Co-operatives. This is a similar format to the 2023 Conference which was described as an “excellent event”.
Location and Timing
The Conference is being hosted in Central House, the new Central Co-op building in Lichfield, from midday on Friday March 1st to early afternoon on Saturday March 2nd.
*** Address: Central House, Queen St, Lichfield WS13 6QD *** note slight change to the address
Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive, Central Co-op (Friday March 1st)
Dr Anita Mangan, Editor Journal of Co-operative Studies (Saturday March 2nd)
Panel and Presentations
In addition to the Keynote speakers, the Conference is delighted to have a range of input from academics and leaders of co-operative bodies, both UK and international colleagues.
Following the very positive feedback about the visits to Lincolnshire sites in 2023, Central Co-op staff will lead delegates on visits/talks on the Friday afternoon – drawing out the relationship between co-operative thinking and day-to-day working.
Delegates additionally have the opportunity to attend a Conference Dinner on the Friday evening. The setting and approach this year will offer delegates greater opportunity to network with colleagues in addition to an After-Dinner presentation.
Speakers - We are looking forward to presentations from:
Professor Tony Webster - On Behalf of The Co-Operative Research Network (CoRNet)
Patrick Doyle - The Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland
Lakshmi Jayan and Abilash Unny - Sree Narayana College, India / PWC LLP, UK
Sean Farmelo – Birmingham City University
Steve Graby – University of Leeds
Elisavet Mantzari – University of Birmingham
Janette Hurst – Sheffield Hallam University
In addition, a number of senior colleagues from Central Co-op will be closely engaged in the Conference as Presenters and After-Dinner speaker.
Booking and further details, including prices for Non-Members and Concessions and links to information about accommodation and the Lichfield area can be found on the UKSCS website: https://www.ukscs.coop/events/ukscs-conference-2024
Costs Conference Only
Members: Conference Only - £140.00
Members Concession: Conference Only - £ 75.00
Non - Members: Conference Only - £180.00
Costs Conference + Evening Meal on March 1st
Members: Conference and Dinner - £175.00
Members Concession: Conference and Dinner - £110.00
Non - Members: Conference and Dinner - £215.00
The Conference cost does not include accommodation, delegates will need to book their own. An (incomplete) list of local accommodation providers is available below, as well as some information about Lichfield and the area.
Deadline for Proposals/Abstracts: 5th January 2024
Notification of Acceptance: 15th January 2024
Opening of Registration: 15th January 2024
Final Registration Date: 28th February 2024