As part of the activities of the ICA Cooperative Research Conference held within the framework of the 33rd World Cooperative Congress, a new Young Scholars' Programme (YSP) was held. For young and emergent scholars in the field of cooperatives this was an invaluable opportunity to connect with others who face similar challenges in conducting research in this growing inter-disciplinary field and one that is growing more urgent as we try to address the challenges posed by traditional economic thought. It was organised by the ICA-CCR Young Scholars Programme and had the support of the Young Scholars Initiative Working Group on Cooperatives and Cooperation of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
As usual, the event combined academic discussions with informal gathering and social networking. Although the World Cooperative Congress and its related events incluidng the ICA Cooperative Research Conference were marked by the pandemic and travel restrictions for many participants, the YSP had more than 30 participants, and half of them onsite, communing from Asia, Europe, America and Africa.
The YSP featured the experiences of two dynamic cooperative researchers Marcelo Vieta (University of Toronto, Canada) who discussed ‘Transitioning from your PhD to a Faculty Position When Your Research Interests are Co-ops: An Insider’s Perspective’. Finally, Prof. Tony Webster (Northumbria University, UK) talked about ‘Building a Cooperative Research Network’. The event closed with an informal gathering and social networking on the 29th of November.