Building Sustainable Future

Building Sustainable Future: the Role and Potential of Co-ops in Ireland.

This workshop brings together those working on co-operatives across Ireland and creates a transdisciplinary space to explore co-operatives’ potential for building postgrowth economies and tackle a wide variety of socio-economic challenges. The workshop also engages with co-operative research praxes that take seriously the possibilities for alternative economic practices to be transformative and contributes to shed light into existing solidarity economies in the Irish context.

This event is on Monday the 4th December from 2.00 at the Peter Froggatt Centre, Room 02/011 in Queen’s University.

Guest speakers

– Patrick Doyle (University of Limerick), “The Ralahine Experiment, Utopian Socialism, and the Possibilities of Co-operative Ownership”,

– Cian McMahon (Saint Mary’s University), “Lessons from Irish and international worker co-operative development”,

– Ellie Perrin (Queen’s University Belfast), “Diverse economies and prefigurative solidarity – worker co-operatives in post-conflict Northern Ireland”,

– Gerard Doyle (TU Dublin), “Healthcare worker co-operatives in Ireland”

– Anthony Webster and John Wilson (Newcastle University Business School), “Strategic renewal in the consumer co-operative sector”


This event will be hybrid and free. For those attending in person, tea, coffee and scones/biscuits will be provided. Register your interest at