About Us


The UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (registration number 1175295). 

We aim to provide an independent voluntary space where members will facilitate and share critical practice and engaged research on co-operatives & co-operation.

Our charitable objects set out in our constitution are:

To advance the education of the public concerning all aspects of the co-operative movement, and co-operative forms of structure, and in particular to assist, commission and/or identify, and to publish research into the aforementioned areas and to promote the exchange of information and experience on co-operative studies and research.

The Society was founded at a conference on 3 and 4 April 1967 at the Co-operative College’s, Stanford Hall. You can read the first bulletin of the Society announcing its formation, along with a statement from the Rt Hon Anthony Crosland, and our first constitution.