ICA Global Research Conference 2013

June 12th 15th 2013, Nicosia, Cyprus

Cultural Center, European University Cyprus

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Conference Aim

The ICA global conference for 2013 hosted at the European University of Cyprus aims to bring together the academia and industry in the crucial sector of cooperatives and social economy.

We are now in a long period of crisis, financial crisis at the beginning, but economic and social crisis thereafter. This crisis has several aspects and consequences, such as failure of enterprises, unemployment, even risk of failure for countries. We need to examine, therefore, the consequences for the cooperative and social economy entities; how they have behaved so far, which changes took place, and how they will emerge from the crisis.

Discussion on crisis can refer to any period or particular situation. That may be on a national or international level, but it can be also on a local level or within a cooperative as entrepreneurial entity. Therefore the question of crisis is not applied to the actual crisis only; it is applied to any period and any circumstances.

The conference will deal with all relevant issues including management of cooperatives, financial issues, social entrepreneurship, and the management of financial crisis. The conference will also examine government policy making and support to the cooperative movement. It is a unique opportunity to create an event where managers of cooperatives, academics, and government policy makers will exchange opinions on how the cooperatives have faced the crisis so far and how they will overcome it and continue to operate successfully after the crisis is over.

The conference will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of scientific papers covering theory, methods, and applications in the fields of cooperative and social economy including a wide range of sectors and problem areas.

The conference is organized by the Ioannis Gregoriou School of Business Administration of the European University Cyprus in cooperation with the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee in accordance with standard practice. The conference official language will be English.


Who Should Attend?

Practitioners, Researchers, and Policy Makers from the Cooperative and the public sector, as well as universities, are invited to join an international audience at the CoopCy.

Organizing Institution: -The Ioannis Gregoriou School of Business Administration - European University of Cyprus (EUC).



Call for Papers

Practitioners, Researchers and Policy Makers are invited to submit papers that focus (but are not limited) on the following themes:


         Cooperative banking

         Rural cooperatives

         Mergers in the cooperative sector

         Social entrepreneurship

         Management of cooperatives

         Cooperatives and the financial crisis

         Economic history of cooperatives


Important Dates:


March 1st 2013

Notification of acceptance:

April 1st 2013

Presentation submission:

May 1st 2013

CoopCY conference:

June 12th to 15th 2013


Note: The date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to March 1st 2013.


Participation Fee:

The cost of participation to the COOPCY is 250 Euro and this includes Conference Proceedings, buffet lunches and coffee breaks, and the Conference Gala Dinner.

PhD students: registration Fee 100

Accompanying persons: 150 (Opening ceremony and gala dinner)


Registration: Early Bird till April 15, 2013: 250

Late registration: later than April 15, 2013: 300



The name and relevant details of hotel(s) in Nicosia, Cyprus appear on the registration form.

Arrangements should be made directly with the hotels and payments also sent directly to the hotels by the conference participants.


Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstract of 200-250 words electronically in MS Word or PDF format at:

The electronic address for abstract/presentation submission is:

Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged and decisions on acceptance will be provided no later than April 1st 2013.



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Publication Details

The accepted papers may be published in Conference Proceedings or made available to participants in a suitable form.

Publication: The possibility of publishing selected papers in the following journals is currently under consideration: RECMA, Review of International Cooperation Journal of Rural Cooperation, REVESCO, others.


Keynote Speakers

To be announced


Scientific Committee

Professor Sigismundo Bialoskorski Neto
Dean of University of São Paulo Economic and Business School, Brasil,  ICA Latin America Research Committee

Professor Jérôme Blanc
Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

Professor Johnston Birchall

Professor of Social Policy

School of Applied Social Science

University of Stirling, Scotland


Professor Carlo Borzaga
President of Euricse - European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, Italy

Professor Johann Brazda
Head of Cooperative Studies, University of Vienna, Austria

Professor Rafael Chaves
Economic Policy University of Valencia, President of the Scientific Commission on Cooperatives and Social Economy of CIRIEC, Spain

Professor Peter Davis
Director, Unit for Membership Based Organisations, the School of Management, University of Leicester, UK

Professor Jean François Draperi

Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, Editor of Revue International d Economie Sociale


Professor, Hagen Henrÿ

University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute



Professor Paul Jones

Research Unit for Financial Inclusion, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Director Lou Hammond Ketilson
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, ICA Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR)

Professor Panu Kalmi
University of Vaasa, Finland

Professor Simeon Karafolas
Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia, Greece, ICA Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR)

Professor em Ian MacPherson
ICA Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR)

Professor Roger Spear
Open University CRU, UK, ICA Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR)

Professor Yohanan Stryjan 
Södertörn University, Sweden, ICA Committee on Co-operative Research (ICACCR)

Professor Athanasios Hadjimanolis

European University Cyprus,

Nicosia Cyprus


Professor Andreas Hadjis

European University Cyprus,

Nicosia Cyprus

Organizing Committee

Prof. Symeon Karafolas

Prof. Athanasios Hadjimanolis

Prof. Andreas Hadjis

Dr. Loukia Evripidou

Dr. Marios Mavrides

Dr. George Boustras

Dr. Myria Ioannou

Dr. Simona Mihai -Yiannaki

Mrs. Maria Christodoulou

Mr. Christos Votsis


Secretariat Information:

Maria Christodoulou Petrou, MA

Events Officer

Department of Planning & Development

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