Previously The Centre for Community Finance Europe (CFCFE) launched in 2017,  the Centre changed its name in memory of its co-founder, first chair and driving force - Ralph Swoboda.

The Centre’s focus is on the practical realities of delivering financial services such as loans, savings and insurance on an ethical and socially beneficial basis to individuals and micro- to medium-sized enterprises. Our research addresses strategic and tactical/operational issues of sustainability, such as corporate governance, business strategy, product/service development and risk management.

The Centre undertakes research across Europe, informed by experience and knowledge from around the world, but aimed at local solutions.

The Centre also offers training and advisory services, delivering actionable guidance to organisations, practitioners and national and local government policymakers.

The Swoboda Credit Union Research Prize 2022

The Swoboda Credit Union Research Prize 2022 is now open for applications.

This unique award, now in its third year, is aimed at bringing new voices and ideas into the movement, supporting researchers who wish to contribute to the development of credit unions in the Republic of Ireland and / or the United Kingdom. Applications are welcomed from anywhere in the world.

This Prize offers an opportunity to publish (and potentially present) work directly to credit union practitioners through Swoboda’s membership and wider network. The Prize award includes €4,000 to support time and expenses in the production of the paper. Application details and rules can be downloaded here.

This year, Swoboda is particularly interested in proposals that will help credit unions in the following areas:

  • How to innovate to meet member borrowing needs, whether through products, processes, sales or marketing
  • Shaping future credit union business model(s)
  • How credit unions can harness digital technology to meet member needs or improvecompetitiveness.

Closing date for applications is Friday 6th May 2022.

Please contact Dr Paul A Jones, Director of Research, with any queries: 

[email protected]


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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