S02E05 The Possibilities of the Co-op University with Dr. Cilla Ross

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With near daily calls to build back better after the pandemic, what does this mean for a world in crisis and in particular what does it mean for education?

In this episode 2020 Wall Scholar Michelle Stack is joined by Dr. Cilla Ross, expert in cooperatives in higher education, for a conversation that challenges us to go beyond thinking of education as strictly a private good and to consider the possibilities — and benefits of — the cooperative university.

Dr. Cilla Ross is an educator and work sociologist and was employed in UK higher education including the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds for over 25 years. She is an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham and past Principal of Cooperative College, UK. Dr. Ross has taught, written and researched extensively on union and labour education, globalization and the changing nature of work as well as all aspects of adult education. She has also acted as a national and international evaluator for agencies such as the United Nation’s ILO (International Labour Organization) and has delivered programs in Sri Lanka and East Africa on the informal economy and cooperatives.

She co-authored a groundbreaking book on the possibilities of cooperatives in higher education titled Reclaiming the University for the Public Good: Experiments and Futures in Co-operative Higher Education

Dr. Michelle Stack is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her latest book is Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge(Open Access).

Links to additional content mentioned in this episode:

Co-op Webinar #1: A video conversation with Cilla Ross about the history of co-ops

More information about Ian McPherson founder of the British Columbia Institute for Cooperative Studies at the University of Victoria

The Co-operative College, UK

With Campus Cooperatives, Universities Could Model New Ways of Living After COVID-19, an oped by Dr. Stack in The Conversation, May 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: University Rankings or Co-operatives as a Strategy for Developing and Equitable and Resilient Post-Secondary Education Sector? a paper by Dr. Stack published in the International Review of Education, March 2021

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