Circular economy and cooperation – exploring three related approaches (cooperatives, commons and the tree of cooperation) for a just and sustainable economy

Description

The project aims to study different ways of thinking about cooperation in Québec and Canada (which are far from being circular but still have a strong tradition of social economy) in an effort to shed new light on the challenge.

Three variants of cooperation that are similar and different in their own ways and important in the Québec context will be explored: cooperatives and the cooperative movement, the tree of cooperation and First Nations, common goods and degrowth.

Themes

  • Common goods
  • Cooperation
  • Cooperative
  • Cooperative movement
  • Degrowth
  • First Nations
  • Social and solidarity economy
  • Social economy
  • Tree of cooperation

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Member(s)

  • Yves-Marie Abraham

    Adjunct Professor

Collaborators

Karine Awashish

Université Laval

Amount granted

$15,000
Characterization of circular economy jobs and their quality in Québec’s social economy enterprises (SEEs)

Description

The growing interest in the circular economy (CE) as a response to the requirements of sustainable development raises many questions about the transformations CE will bring about, particularly in the labour market.

The research therefore aims to describe, categorize and assess the quality of core circular jobs in SEEs.

There are two types of circular jobs: core jobs and enabling jobs. This study focuses on core jobs, which sustain material loops and constitute the pillars of the CE. It is essential to understand their characteristics and ensure their quality upstream of eventual mutations. For that reason, the research will also consider the social and solidarity economy, which brings together organizations and businesses whose objective is to promote social well-being.

Themes

  • Change
  • Circular economy
  • Circular employment
  • Quality employment
  • Social and solidarity economy
  • Sustainable development

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Axis 4: Policy levers

Collaborators

Clara Alagy

Polytechnique Montréal

Gaëlle Généreux

TIESS

Amount granted

$15,000
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec