It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, in my capacity as Director, to the website of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork, Ireland.
The Centre was founded in 1980, by a small group of co-operatively minded academics who wished to explore and promote the co-operative concept through research and teaching. The group came to a common understanding of the meaning of co-operation as a process and that co-operatives, as Organisations, enable this process and developed structural guidelines to ensure the effective implementation of the co-operative process. These ideas were developed in the very first publication of the Centre entitled The Co-operative Idea.
Today, the Centre continues its work of fostering research, study and education about co-operatives. It is a strong focus of support for academics who are interested in co-operatives and it works closely with many national and international co-operative bodies. Further detail about the Centre's activities, programmes, publications, information resources, staff, and links can be found throughout the website.
Go raibh maith agat.
Professor Michael Ward
Director, Centre for Co-operative Studies