2020 UKSCS conference – The politics, policies and practices of co-operative movements

1 to 3 October 2020

The final programme of the conference was designed following the call for papers

We thank our conference committee who put the event together:

  • Rory Ridley-Duff, Sheffield Hallam University 
  • Jan Myers, Northumbria University 
  • Elisavet Mantzari, University of Birmingham
  • Francesca Gagliardi, University of Hertfordshire
  • Cilla Ross, Co-operative College

Thank you to everyone who submitted papers, presented and participated in the conference. Also, to the Heart of England Co-operative Society for their financial support, and Sheffield Hallam University for their technology support. 

You’ll find below the recording from each session along with links to presentations and any other information. Alternatively, you can watch the conference as a playlist on YouTube

Session 1 – Keynote speech

Date: 1 October 2020, 2pm 

Chair: Jan Myers

Speaker: John Holdsclaw IV, National Co-operative Bank (Washington, USA)

Downloads: slides 

Session 2 – Accounting for co-operative purpose – what is to be done?

Date: 1 October 2020, 3.15pm 

Chair: Elisavet Mantzari 


  • Maureen McCulloch – Introduction to the co-op SORP Project
  • Daphne Rixon – International co-operative alliance survey on co-operative reporting standards 
  • Ian Adderley – A co-op regulator perspective on the value of a co-operative SORP
  • Richard Spencer – Financial system change and the Financial Innovation Lab

Links: International Co-operative Alliance Statement of Identity Values and Principles and UK Charities SORP

Session 3 – The policies and politics of co-operatives – 1

Date: 2 October 2020, 2.30pm

Chair: Nick Matthews


  • Mike Neary and Cilla Ross – The long 2019: Coronavirus, co-operativism and the future of higher education (12) 
  • David Davies and James Nyland – Ways of knowing: towards an ecology of learning (6)
  • Dietmar Roessl, Martina Pieperhoff and Katie Hyslop – The network level of cooperatives as a space for innovation – the example of BAEKO Austria (11)

Session 4 – The policies and politics of co-operatives – 2

Date: 2 October 2020, 4.30pm

Chair: Cilla Ross


  • Lisa Buchter – Studying housing cooperatives to deepen our understanding of cooperative politics (14)

Session 5 – Debate on self-help mutual enterprises in a post-pandemic world

Date: 2 October 2020, 7pm

Chair: Sarah Alldred


  • Edgar Parnell 
  • Pat Conaty 

Questions considered:

  • Will enterprises rooted in the mindset of self-help and mutual action will have a significant role in a post-pandemic world? 
  • What approaches and actions can be deployed to increase their prospects of playing such a role?
  • Will advocacy of the idea of a social and solidarity economy be a help or hindrance in the process?

Session 6 – Open Stream

Date: 3 October 2020, 10am

Chair: Cilla Ross


  • Victor Shirma, Members’ perception on co-operative performance: Evidence from agricultural marketing co-operative societies in Rombo District, Tanzania (4)
  • Munib Ur Rehman – Co-operatives’ membership and well-being of farmers: an empirical evidence, based on interest-free tractor scheme for Barani, from district Narowal, Pakistan (13)
  • Artur Rykalin – Marketing organic farmers’ cooperatives in Russia: cases and policy recommendations (2)
  • Janette Hurst – It’s almost like they are individuals

Slides from Victor Shirma

Slides from Munib Ur Rehman

Slides from Artur Rykalin and link to research publication (external site)

Slides from Janette Hurst

Session 7 – Open debate – The future of the UK co-operative movement – a campaign for co-operative democracy

Date: 3 October 2020, 12.15pm

Chair: Ian Hewitt

Session 8 – The policies and politics of co-operatives – 3

Date: 3 October 2020, 1.30pm

Chair: Francesca Gagliardi 


  • John Courtneige – The aim of the co-operative movement: A global co-operative commonweal (3) 
  • Freer Spreckley – Social enterprise – a just transition to a regenerative fair future (9)
  • Rory Ridley-Duff – New co-operativism as social innovation: Progress or Regress?

Slides from Rory Ridley-Duff

Session 9 – Measuring and reporting co-operative impact

Date: 3 October 2020, 3.30pm

Chair: Maureen McCulloch


  • Daphne Rixon – Co-operative performance indicators and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Will Barr – SROI reporting on sports and community benefits at Greenwich Leisure Centre
  • Richard Spencer – How organisations are motivated to deliver sustainable outcomes: the role of information flows