The Community Economies Research Network (CERN) is an international network of researchers, activists, artists and others who are interested in ways of enacting new visions of economy. In particular the network is interested in the productivity of theorizing diverse economies and building more ethical economic and ecological relationships. Members of the network are inspired by, or in conversation with, the work of J.K. Gibson-Graham, and others who have applied, developed and extended their work on community economies.
CERN is both a communication network and a community of interest that provides contexts for emergent collaborations. It is open to graduate students, academics, policy makers, community researchers and activists involved in research.
CERN communicates via a list-serve: firstname.lastname@example.org. This list is used to circulate new research output, information about conferences, links to parallel or complementary research, and links to economic experiments. In addition to the International CERN list there are regional sub-lists of CERN, in Eastern Australia (CERN-Sydney), in North-East USA (CERN-NE), in Latin America (CERN-LA) and in Europe (CERN-Europe). CERN sub lists are used to circulate notice of any regional meetings.
Process for admitting new members to the CERN
Anyone interested in joining CERN should contact a current CERN member to express their interest and discuss a short introductory statement to be circulated to the network. This statement should include the following information:
- Name and affiliation
- Current research or activist activities
- Why you are interested in the community economies approach
- If applicable, any contact you have had with CERN members
- 4-6 keywords that are relevant to your interests
- If applicable, links to your web page/s.
To find current CERN members you can look on the People page (which profiles the CERN members who are also members of the Community Economies Institute), or look through the list of recent CERN publications.