Introducing Ecosol Study Group

ECOSOL is a research group on Solidarity Economy which, since March 2008, join together students and associated researchers with master, PhD and postdoctoral programs of the Centre for Social Studies (CES) or other partner institutions who are interested in advancing knowledge on different issues of Solidarity Economy, such as associative forms of production, services or consumption, work cooperatives, family agriculture groups, worker-recuperated enterprises, fair trade, solidarity markets with social currencies, among an infinity of other initiatives. ECOSOL is part of the Research Group on Social Policy, Labour and Inequalities (POSTRADE) of Centre for Social Studies.

This growing interest for Solidarity Economy has promoted relevant discussions about important issues such as the role of the state as a promoter of these initiatives, the relationship between the Solidarity Economy and the non-regulated market, or the challenges of organizing production and consumption organization on a non-capitalist basis. In accordance with this agenda, ECOSOL/CES aims to create a research space able to: 1) stimulate the conceptual and methodological debate inside the university, based on a renewed critical theory; 2) dialogue with the solidarity enterprises for mutual learning; 3) organize seminars and workshops to debate and disseminate research outputs on Solidarity Economy.