CERU was established to enhance the field of research into co-operative and mutual enterprises. We also aim to make a significant contribution from that research to education, policy, and practice in the sector.
The origins of CERU can be traced back to 2010 when the University of Western Australia (UWA) commenced an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant project. This was undertaken in collaboration with industry partners Co-operatives WA, Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) Group Ltd., Capricorn Society Ltd., and Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative.
That project focused on understanding the nature of the co-operative enterprise business model, and how this model could be sustained over time. The project completed in 2014. Further information on the co-operative enterprise research program in sustainable business models can be found in our programs area.
Today CERU is engaged in several research and education projects focused on understanding the co-operative and mutual enterprise business model; its structure, operations, competitiveness and sustainability. More information on our projects can be found in our programs area.
CERU draws together a strong, multi-disciplinary team of researchers. For more information on the members of CERU please click on each profile.
CERU seeks to provide a gateway to co-operative and mutual enterprises (CME) and research centres globally. There are already a number of groups with whom we are collaborating and others with whom we are seeking to collaborate.
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