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 

Keynote Speakers
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:

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.

Call for Papers UKSCS Conference 1-2 March 2024

Key Dates 

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 

Lichfield: Places to Stay and Tourist Information

Book tickets

Ticket Cost Quantity
1- UKSCS Member- Conference Only £140.00
2- UKSCS Member Concession- Conference Only £75.00
3- Non- UKSCS Member- Conference Only £180.00
4- UKSCS Member- Conference and Dinner £175.00
5- UKSCS Member Concession- Conference and Dinner £110.00
6- Non UKSCS Member- Conference and Dinner £215.00
UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered in England and Wales as a charitable incorporated organisation Number 1175295. Our registered office is Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.
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