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Deadline PhD position on 'Historical analysis of the development of fishing collectivities as ICAs' extended to April 30th!

 Posted on: 21/4/2021


The deadline to apply to our vacancy  has been extended! You have until Friday, 30 April 2021, to apply to our vacancy of a PhD position on 'Historical analysis of the development of fishing collectivities as ICAs'. If you know of any suited candidates, please share this message. You can also share this vacancy on facebook, twitter or linkedin using the buttons below.

 

The topic of the PhD-position in a nutshell: In the present day across Europe, new bottom-up and self-governing institutions for the provisioning of energy, food, care and many other goods and services are increasingly being set up by citizens. Citizens hereby govern and use resources collectively according to the rules they decide upon as a group. The institutional design of these modern-day forms of citizen collectivities has many similarities with guilds, commons, cooperatives, and other institutions that have been developed in Europe’s history. The PhD-student will be studying such historical forms of institutions for collective action, and in particular the functioning of fishing collectivities, from the various forms of guilds in the early modern period to cooperatives formed by fishermen today. The relevance of the study of collectivities in fisheries goes far beyond a contribution to explaining what makes ICAs resilient. It also connects to highly relevant societal debates about -amongst others- the current challenges of the fishing industry (both legal, as in the fishing quota, and in social-economic sense), sustainability, and globalisation. Supervision by Prof. Tine De Moor

 

If you want to know more, go to the ERIM-website. For more information on the UNICA-project, please go to this webpage. PhD-students will start in September 2021. Interested in the position?Apply now througth the ERIM-website.


 


Join the webinar 'Mutualism in the 21st century: The why, when, and how behind successful risk-sharing institutions'  by Eva Vriens on the 29th of April

 Posted on: 20/4/2021


 

During the last 15 years, the number of institutions for collective action has risen significantly in Europe, and especially in the Netherlands. Uncertainty complicates collective action and makes cooperation more fragile. At any moment members can decide to withdraw when support requests are too high. Why do some risk-sharing initiatives succeed, while others don't? To what extent does success depend on the individuals involved or the initiative's social and institutional properties? During a FOCI webinar by former team member Eva Vriens these questions will be answered. using a a multidisciplinary approach. The results of agent-based simulations, abstract experiments and surveys among members of a Dutch risk-sharing organization are integrated to derive multi-faceted evidence on success factors for collective action and uncover institutional opportunities for optimizing the success of mutuals.

 

Eva's webinar, “Mutualism in the 21st century: The why, when, and how behind successful risk-sharing institutions”, will be on April the 29th, at 16.00-17:00. Join the webinar by using this link.


 


 

Are cooperatives more resilient in times of crisis? Affiliated researcher Frédéric Dufays publishes article

 Posted on: 19/4/2021


For some time now, both practitioners and economists have been suggesting that the cooperative enterprise model is more resilient in times of crisis than non-cooperative models. This would be the case because capital-driven firms would respond more disruptively in times of crisis than non-capital-driven firms by securing capital at the expense of trading relationships, the price-quality of goods and services, employees or the continuity of operations. By sacrificing the latter for the sake of capital, a chain reaction is set in motion, affecting the financial situation of workers' families, the financial health of trading partners and the quality of products, which contributes to, rather than neutralises, a crisis domino effect. 

Cooperatives, on the other hand, because of their strong embeddedness in the local economy, and the focus on utility value, inherent in the cooperative model, rather than financial value, would be better able to absorb a crisis and neutralise, rather than encourage, an unwanted domino effect. 

To confront this against reality affiliated researcher Frédéric Dufays, together with Adrien Billiet, Stefanie Friedel and Matthias Staessens, investigated how cooperatives survived the covid-19 crisis and developed a theoretical framework that explains how cooperatives guard against crises. Read more about this article over here:

> Summary

> Article (currently in free access)

 


 


 

Please welcome our new research assistant Max de Vriend

 Posted on: 19/4/2021


Max works as a research assistant in the Institutions for Collective Action research team in which he primarily focuses on the CollectieveKracht platform. Intrigued by his experience working for a social enterprise, he chose to deepen his knowledge on topics such as social corporate investing and cross-sector partnerships by enrolling in the Global Business & Sustainability program at the Rotterdam School of Management, where he obtained his master’s degree in 2020. In his thesis, he adopted a multi-disciplinary approach crossing the traditional boundaries of a business school by conducting philosophical research on the moral limits of markets. His main interests are at the heart of sustainability and, in particular, social enterprises and cooperatives. In this respect, Max is highly excited to be part of the ICA team and to contribute to the knowledge on institutions for collective action as a force for good. 

 

 


Meet our newest member of staff research officer Jan Hornix

 Posted on: 13/4/2021


We would like to introduce our newest member of staff, Jan Hornix, who will start as a research officer in our team. Jan obtained his master’s degree in History at Radboud University in 2020. During his studies he focused on social-economic and demographic history. His thesis explored the subject of cause-specific infant mortality. After graduation, Jan worked as a research assistant at the Historical Sample of the Netherlands. Jan will support the research team by collecting and coordinating historical data from institutions for collective action, helping with data analysis, and performing administrative, communicative and organisational tasks. Currently he is also working as a guest researcher at Radboud University on the project "Lifting the burden of disease"

 


Tine De Moor in podcast 'Systeem op de schop' by Social Enterprise NL

 Posted on: 7/4/2021


[Dutch only due to scope]

Luister nu aflevering 7 van de podcast Systeem op de Schop van Social Enterprise NL waar onze eigen Tine De Moor de diepte ingaat met Stefan Panhuijsen en Willemijn Verloop. Tine focust zich volledig op commons, ook wel burgercollectieven, en ze ziet ze als middel om bij te dragen aan de sociale enterprise beweging. Ze zijn een gamechanger voor gedragsverandering. Hoe zit dat dan? Wat kunnen andere sociale ondernemingen hiervan leren? Hoe ziet Tine de toekomst van burgercollectieven? En welk effect gaat corona op sociale ondernemingen hebben? In de podcast hoor je alle antwoorden op deze vragen.
Benieuwd? Luister de aflevering via:

> Spotify

> iTunes

> Website van Social Enterprise NL

 

 


Recording of webinar on Commons and the power of food communities in the food transition

 Posted on: 9/4/2021

 

[Dutch only due to scope]

Op 25 maart gaf Tine De Moor een lezing tijdens de webinar 'De kracht van voedselgemeenschappen in de voedseltransitie' van Stadlandbouw Nederland. De webinar is opgenomen en terug te vinden op youtube via de link hieronder. In de webinar neemt Tine je mee in het huidige groeiend aantal coöperaties op uiteenlopende vlakken, van Broodfondsen, energie-, zorg- en voedselcoöperaties; een nieuwe golf van commons als correctiemechanisme van de economische en maatschappelijke situatie. Ze vertelde wat commons  – een geïnstitutionaliseerde vorm van collectieve actie – veerkrachtig maakt en welke elementen belangrijk zijn voor de levensduur, waaronder praktische tips voor een krachtiger collectief.

> Kijk de webinar terug via deze link

 

 



 

Paper on 'Institutions for collective action as go-between for citizens and government during and after times of crisis'

 Posted on: 4/2/2021

 

In this corona-paper Tine de Moor and Ton Duffhues explore the opportunities of institutions for collective action counter the pandemic in the short term as well as how they can shape the post-corona society.

 

Want to read more? Please go to: https://coronapapers.nl/nieuws-1/nieuws/burgercollectieven-als-go-between-tussen-burger-en-overheid-in-en-na-crisistijden [due to scope, only available in Dutch]

 

 


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



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!



 

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.