Telelearning Session 25: Assembling Understandings – A Thematic Analysis of CSERP

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific Time)


This session will explore the dominant themes cutting across the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships.  The two authors of the upcoming ebook, Assembling Understandings, will share their approach to developing a thematic analysis of the close to 400 research projects and their insight on elements of the big picture of the social economy that emerged through this work.

In this session we will explore the following questions:

  • How do you encapsulate such a large body of research that is seemingly disparate into a succinct analysis?
  • What is the picture of the social economy that we get through a thematic analysis of CSERP?
  • What is the future for research on the social economy?


  • Joy Emmanuel, co-op developer, researcher, and CED practitioner living at OUR Ecovillage on Vancouver Island in British Columbia,
  • Matthew Thompson, knowledge mobilization specialist with the Canadian CED Network.


  • Ian MacPherson, Co-Director of the Canadian Social Economy Hub


Welcome: 5 min
Presentations: 10 min by each speaker

Discussion: 35 minutes

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Joy Emmanuel

Joy Emmanuel has worked extensively in the co-op sector for the past six years. She is a former Research Director at the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS), University of Victoria. She has edited and contributed to three books on co-operatives, including Best Practices in Starting Co-ops: The Voice of Canadian Co-op Developers. Joy has served on the board of several co-ops, is a former board member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operation (CASC), serves on the Research Advisory Committee of CCEDNet and on the board of CoopZone – the Canadian association of co-op developers.  Joy is presently the Principal of Turning Times Research and Consulting – specializing in co-ops and community economic development.

Matthew Thompson

Matthew has been working with the Canadian CED Network in a wide variety of capacities for the last 4 years. He has been the lead coordinator for the national CED internship program, CreateAction, for the last two years, helped organize the 2010 National Forum on a People-Centred Economy, and has been engaged in various knowledge mobilization activities through the Canadian Social Economy Hub.  Matthew is also passionate about local food systems having been an intern with CRAFT Ontario and participating in WWOOF-related programs overseas. Prior to working with the Canadian CED Network he worked with a variety of different nonprofit organizations such as L'Arche where he assisted people with developmental disabilities in daily living situations and ACORN where he engaged in community organizing in low-medium income neighbourhoods.

Dr. Ian MacPherson

Dr. Ian MacPherson is the co-director of the Canadian Social Economy Hub and founder of the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies at the University of Victoria. Dr. MacPherson is a respected researcher, particularly in the field of co-operative history in Canada and internationally. He was the founding President of the Canadian Co-operative Association between 1989 and 1993 and played a significant role in the development of an identity statement for co-operatives and a revision of their basic principles through the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). He currently sits as the chair of the ICA’s Committee on Co-operative Research.