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Kick-off lecture on platform cooperatives by Young Scholars Network, January 13th 2021

 Posted on: 14/1/2021

 

On January 13th the Young Scholars Network on Platformcoops had their first keynote by none other than Trebor Scholz. Since he coined the concept of platform cooperativism in 2014 it has become a subject of study for many researchers. Trebor updated us about the progress around platformcoops made by academics and practitioners alike. Then, we had an interesting discussion on the meaning of ‘scaling’ for platformcoops and whether/how it should be something to strive for by them.

 

YSN is an initiative by Damion Bunders, please contact him if you are interested in becoming part of the network.

 


Great turnout of 65 people at the EURwebinar on social enterprises, January 13th 2021

 Posted on: 14/1/2021

 

As a co-organisation of Flor AvelinoPhilip Marcel KarréKaren MaasVaishali Joshi and Tine De Moor, the EURwebinar on social enterprises was a great success with a turnout of 65 people from all over the world. We would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm, questions and comments and are looking forward to what is next!

 

For more information on the topic of the webinar, please click here



Webinar on Institutional Theory and Analysis, with Tine de Moor, Januart 19th 2021

 Posted on: 7/1/2021

 

Get an update on the current state of institutional theory and analysis, building on Elinor Ostrom’s work, during this interactive webinar, with guests from the US and Europe! Amongst the speakers are Tine De Moor, Dr. Saba Siddiki from Syracuse University and Dr. Scott Shackelford from the Indiana University. Please find more information on the webinar here.

 

The webinar will take place at Tuesday January 19th, 6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (CET-time). You can register for the webinar through https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/.../SV....


Do you want to know what the ICA-team has been up to in 2020? Find our most recent newsletter here!

 Posted on: 21/12/2020

 

2020 was a year in which everyone had to adapt to new circumstances and situations. As a research team we went through another profound change, with Rotterdam as our new "home-base". With new colleagues, a new project that started, and a very large one is to start early 2021. Although working on a distance from each other, it was an eventful and exciting year for our research team, which involved collaboration with many citizens active in citizen collectivities as well. We are looking forward to continuing our research for positive impact next year! Find our most recent newsletter here!



 

Article 'Burgercollectieven op zoek naar veerkracht' about the ICA-research on the challenges citizen collectives face

 Posted on: 18/12/2020

 

How resilient are citizen collectives? In the article 'Burgercollectieven op zoek naar veerkracht’ (translation: ‘Citizen collectives in search of resilience'), Sociale Vraagstukken pays special attention to the recent ICA-research into challenges experienced by citizen collectives themselves.

 

In times of COVID-19, interest in citizen collectives has grown as they appeal to a social trend in which people take action themselves to meet special needs, for example in the areas of care, energy, food and community building. This article is about the main challenges faced by citizen collectives in order to develop resiliently. They are related to member dynamics, internal functioning and cooperation with governments.

 

The Sociale Vraagstukken article can be read and downloaded via https://bit.ly/3aj54eJ. Interested in reading the extensive research report? Please go to: https://bit.ly/3oXUVIg. Both the article and report are only available in Dutch.

 

The research was made possible in part by the support of RVO, Stichting Doen and NWO.



We are looking for a research officer! Application deadline: January 30th 2021 

 Posted on: 17/12/2020

 

Are you interested in historical research? And are you a well-organised data-manager and a resourceful team-player? We are looking for a research officer to fulfil the important role of coordinating the historical data collection about institutions for our UNICA-research project and for the broader Institutions for Collective Action research team. Your main task is collecting and co-ordinating data for the UNICA-project, particularly by searching the archives of various types of institutions for collective action in north western Europe. 


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher! Application deadline: January 30th 2021 

 Posted on: 16/12/2020

 

We have a postdoc-position available within our ICA-team! As a postdoctoral researcher you will be involved in our UNICA-project, which aims to build a unified theory that explains the factors behind the development and spread of institutions for collective action (ICAs) across Europe over the past millennium. You will be involved as a researcher and co-supervisor of two PhD-students to be hired for the project. As researcher you will be responsible for sub-project 2 of the UNICA-project (www.collective-action.info/subproject-2). As a co-supervisor, you will be involved in the daily supervision of the two PhD-students working within UNICA. You will become part of the ICA-research team which focuses on institutions for collective action and social enterprises, and you will also co-operate with others within the team. 


39th edition of the RSM Discovery Magazine is now live!

 Posted on: 16/12/2020

 

The theme of the 39th edition is The world after COVID-19: how we can do business better. In the article called 'The rise of social enterprises in a post-COVID-19 world', Tine De Moor talks about the growing role social enterprises could play in the post-pandamic era.

 

You can read the RSM Discovery Magazine here. 


Interactive webinar on Social Enterprise: Interdisciplinary Views across the University, with Prof. Tine de Moor

   Posted on: 11/12/2020


Do you research social enterprise or related subjects and are you interested in meeting other researchers in that field? Then join this interactive webinar on Wednesday the 13th of January. Together we will explore ways for further cooperation with the ultimate goal to develop a richer understanding of social enterprise, its opportunities and risks.

 

Interested in participating in the webinar? You can register and  find more information about the event through this link.

 


Young Scholars Network, the knowledge exchange network for PhD-students researching platform cooperatives, initiated by ICA PhD-candidate Damion Bunders

Posted on: 10/12/2020


The Young Scholars Network (YSN) stimulates knowledge exchange between PhD candidates who do research on platform cooperatives. Similar to the subject of research of Institutions for Collective Action, YSN is also highly diverse – including PhD candidates from all over the world in disciplines like sociology, philosophy, economics, law, political science, business administration and management. YSN organises a series of online meetings that include 1) workshops in which PhD-students present their own work, 2) keynote presentations by senior scholars, and 3) round table sessions with practitioners. If you know PhD-candidates that should be included, want to present yourself, or have a suggestion for a speaker, please send an e-mail to: bunders@rsm.nl.

 


PhD-position available on 'Institutions for Collective Action' with focus on mutual insurances! Application deadline: January 15th 2021 

Posted on: 25/11/2020


We are looking for a new team member to fill a PhD position on ‘Institutions for Collective Action’, with a special focus on the long-term development of mutual insurances. You will contribute to the UNICA-project, which aims to build a unified theory that explains the factors behind the development and spread of institutions for collective action (ICAs) across Europe over the past millennium. In this PhD position, you will conduct a MICRO-analysis of internal functioning of mutual insurances. With this study we aim at delivering a specific outcome that will add to an integrated theory on ICAs: we will build scenarios that help us 1) to identify the impact of group and resource size and heterogeneity in terms of utility and equity, and 2) how institutional design is adapted to moderate these effects over time. You will be focusing on mutual insurances as the main type of ICA but will also work with other team members working on other types of ICAs (various types of cooperatives, commons, …) both in past and present.

 


PhD-position available on 'Institutions for Collective Action' with focus on fishing collectivities. Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Posted on: 25/11/2020


We are looking for a new team member to fill a PhD position on ‘Institutions for Collective Action’, with a special focus on the long-term development of fishing collectivities. You will contribute to the UNICA project, which aims to build a unified theory that explains the factors behind the development and spread of institutions for collective action (ICAs) across Europe over the past millennium. In this PhD-position, you will conduct a MICRO-analysis of internal functioning of fishing collectivities. With this study we aim at delivering a specific outcome that will add to an integrated theory on ICAs: we will build scenarios that help us 1) to identify the impact of group and resource size and heterogeneity in terms of utility and equity, and 2) how institutional design is adapted to moderate these effects over time. You will be focusing on fishing collectivities as the main type of ICA but will also work with other team members working on other types of ICAs (various types of cooperatives, mutuals, commons, …) both in past and present.

 


PhD-position available on 'Pathways toward resilient social enterprises'! Application deadline: January 15th 2021

 Posted on: 25/11/2020


We are looking for a new team member to fill a PhD-position on ‘Pathways towards resilient social enterprises’! Social enterprises are a growing trend in business as a way to address societal issues. They combine a financially sustainable model with an ambition to create high societal impact and address many of today’s social and systemic problems (like poverty, health, inequality, climate change). You will aim at identifying the various models that exist in financing a social enterprise and will study the relationship between the various investment models and the type of governance models that can be developed to enhance the resilience and impact of  SEs as organisations over longer periods of time. A mixed-methods approach is adopted, with an interdisciplinary orientation.

 


Three, new exciting PhD-opportunities to join our Institutions for Collective Action-team!

 Posted on: 24/11/2020


There are three, new exciting PhD-opportunities to join our Institutions for Collective Action-team at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University)! Check here how to apply for one of our PhD-positions:

1. One PhD-position on Resilient Social Enterprises 

2. One PhD-position on Institutions for Collective Action (UNICA-project, focus on fishing collectivities)

3. One PhD-position on Institutions for Collective Action (UNICA-project, focus on mutual insurances)

 

For more information on our team at RSM: check out http://www.collective-action.info/_TEA_Main.