Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century

Transformation of the community, voluntary and co-operative sectors?

20 Mar

The new faces of community, voluntary and cooperative organisations in England: Are contracts and markets transforming their character and what are the implications for Ireland?

Tuesday 21st March 2017: 2.00 - 4.10pm

Tea and coffee provided from 1.40 p.m.


Seminar Room, G27, Ground Floor, O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork


Speakers: Dr Mike Aiken, Visiting Research Fellow, Open University, UK

Deirdre O’Byrne, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, UCC

Noreen Byrne, Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC


Convenor: Civil Society Research Cluster, ISS21


Areas of discussion

• What can we learn in Ireland from the changing character of Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and community co-operatives in England?

• How is competitive contracting and privatisation of public services affecting community development and community co-operatives?

• What are the tendencies, what are the resistances, and what policies and plans do we need in Ireland?

For more on this story contact:

Dr. Catherine Forde (

University College Cork

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