Conference on Cooperatives and the Solidarity Economy
1-3 November 2023
Hybrid: Online & In Person Event
South Africa: Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg
The annual conference on cooperatives and the solidarity economy aims to contribute to the
body of knowledge on cooperatives and the solidarity economy. It brings together academics
and practitioners for the development of a robust knowledge base on the cooperative sector
on the continent. The conference will create a platform for dialogue among academics,
practitioners and policymakers for the co-creation of fit-for-purpose knowledge that will
advance the cooperative agenda.
Click on the button below to download the CCSE 2021 (1st Edition) Conference Proceedings
Conference Duration/Key Activities
1. The conference will be a two-day event with opening and closing plenaries.
2. A pre-conference workshop will be held a day before the start of the conference with
emerging/young researchers to deepen their research skills in studying cooperatives.
You can find more details about the workshop here.
3. On the last day of the conference there will be an opportunity for delegates to have an exchange with local cooperatives and social enterprises.
The third edition of the conference will cover the following and other relevant topics:
Enablers of the cooperative movement
Leveraging the cooperative model for socio-economic development
Cooperatives and the 4th Industrial Revolutions
Cooperatives, Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion
Cooperatives and natural resource management
We also welcome the submission of panel proposals. It is the responsibility of the person submitting the proposal to invite contributions to the panel. A panel may have up to 40 minutes. Panel proposals can be submitted on the conference website.
All submissions will be subjected to a double-blind peer review. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be reviewed for publication in the special edition of Studies in Cooperatives (ISBN: 978-0-620-92747-5).
Dr Andrew Emmanuel Okem, International Water Management Institute, Ghana/University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Prof Esther Gicheru, Cooperative University of Kenya, Kenya
Dr Julia Modise, Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA, South Africa
Prof Jonathan Feldman, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Dr Meron Okbandrias, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Dr Penine Uwimbabazi, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Rwanda
Dr Barry Ibrahima, Oniris-Nantes & LEMNA (University of Nantes), France
Dr Shadreck Matindike, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
Dr Mercy Mwambi, World Vegetable Center, Taiwan
Dr Claudia Sanchez Bajo, University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Economics
Prof Aitor Bengoetxea Alkorta, Institute of Cooperative Law and Social Economy, University Institute of the UPV/EHU (University of the Basque Country), Spain
Prof Gonzalo Martínez Etxeberria, Faculty of Law, Deusto-Bilbao University, Spain
Dr Hilarion Kontchop, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Douala-Cameroon
Prof Anne Musson, ESSCA School of Management, France.
Conference Secretariat: Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA
Mr Sizwe Mkwanazi, Africa Cooperatives Institute of SA | University of Johannesburg -
(DPhil Researcher at the University of Oxford)
Abstracts and Panel Submissions Open: 06 March 2023
Submissions closing date: 15 June 2023 (extended)
Notifications to Authors: 30 June 2023
Final Date for Submission of full manuscripts: 15 September 2023
Early bird Registration end date: 10 August 2023
Final Date for Registration: 20 October 2023
Young Scholar Workshop: 01 November 2023
Conference Dates: 02-03 November 2023
Click here to download the abstract submission template.
Click here to download the panel proposal submission template.
Full Manuscript Submission