UKSCS works in co-operation with CASC to develop and distribute the Journal of Co-operative Studies in Canada. The network promotes research on co-operatives in Canada around a variety of themes, including agricultural economics, co-operative education, credit unions, co-operative leadership, worker co-ops and solidarity co-ops.

Theme: Just Transitions: Reimagining Social Movement Solidarities Through and Beyond Crisis

If the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted a world we thought we knew, it has also caused rethinking of values and priorities, posing challenging questions about what recovery will look like—and for whom. Social movements are leading the way to socio-economic, ecological, cultural, and racial justice promoting circular, caring, and solidarity economies. They should not be mistaken for, far less dismissed as, angry versions of populism. They are rather coalitions of creativity, caring, and concern.

Whether it is flooding, droughts, or wildfires, growing food insecurity, aggravated income gaps, growing gig economy, systemic racism and sexism, worsening housing precarity, social movement energies, creativity, and coalition have never been more needed. The co-operative movement has historically brought together diverse groups to meet their economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations, but we are also learning to be more vigilant in decentring whiteness. In the current crisis, this conference will discuss how the co-operative movement can engage in ethical alliances that do not elide difference but value diversity as collective empowerment to advance just transitions and a just recovery for all.

Register before March 31 to receive the early-bird discount

Past conferences


Sixth Annual MacPherson Talk - 2020

The annual talks are held in hour of Professor Ian MacPherson, one of the leading lights of the international co-operative movement. Historian, educator, author, and passionate co-operator, Ian personified the relationship between Canadian co-operative academics and co-op practitioners. 

In 2020, the MacPherson Talk features Brendan Reimer, Strategic Partner of Value-based Banking, Assiniboine Credit Union, and his talk, titled, "Beyond Co-operation: The Power of Business as a Force for Good".


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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