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November 27, 2013

The Social and Solidarity Economy North and South: Towards Convivial Post Capitalist Economies?

    BY: Dr. Peter North, Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool Chair: Dr. George Michuki, Institute for Development Studies, UoN


This paper discusses findings from a recent research project exploring the lineaments of the social and solidarity economies in the global north and south through two international seminars and a programme of visits to social and solidarity economy organisations in Liverpool, UK and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The paper discusses findings from the seminars, which include different articulations on the state from social and solidarity economy organisations, including debates about the extent that the sectors are antagonistic to or part of processes of neoliberalisation; the extent and depth of alternative economic practices developed, and the extent that they have supportive ecosystems around them.  

Dr. Peter North

Peter North gained his BA in History and Politics in 1984. After a few years working for the Departments of Employment, Trade and Industry, and Environment, he gained his MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (1993) and his PhD from the School for Advanced Urban Studies at the University of Bristol (1997). He was a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield (1996-7). Between 1997 and 2002 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Local Economy Policy Unit at South Bank University. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2002.

His research focuses on social movements that develop alternatives to free market conceptions of ‘the economic’, and in particular ways that social movements are developing ideas for a post carbon economy that secures livelihoods within the limits of ecosystems to provide resources and absorb wastes.   

Date: Monday, 2 December 2013

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi

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