Community Economies Institute

The Community Economies Institute (CEI) fosters thought and practice to help communities survive well together.

The CEI does this by conducting research, education and action around ethical economic practices that acknowledge and act on the interdependence of all life forms, human and nonhuman. The CEI challenges forms of domination that stand in the way of realizing diverse community economies.

We are a not-for-profit, member-based organization involving scholars, artists, activists and practitioners from different regions of the world. Our members are listed on the People page.

As an organisation, the CEI is committed to placing ethical engagement, collaborative practice, transparency and equity at the heart of Institutional processes, and to working in ways that encourage trust and respect for one another. This is an ongoing learning process.

Our activities are organised into four main areas:

  1. Research that partners with diverse groups to understand and foster community economies.
  2. Teaching and learning in different languages and cultural contexts to enable engagement with community economies concepts and practices for a range of purposes (e.g. academic and community-based teaching and learning, community initiatives, artistic and creative endeavours). Click here for more on our forthcoming 2024 Summer/Winter School, and click here for the archive of our Schools and Retreats.
  3. Building and sustaining communities of thought and practice for members of the CEI and the associated Community Economies Research Network (CERN), which currently has over 370 members from across the globe.
  4. Communication and dialogue by contributing to scholarly debate, policy forums, popular media, and community initiatives.

For an overview of Community Economies research and practice, see the video Introducing Community Economies.

Introducing CE Video


For more detailed information on the key commitments of Community Economies research and practice, click here.

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We are a registered as a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee under Australian legislation. We are governed by a Board of Directors elected from our membership. The Board sets policy, reviews finances, and represents the interests of the Institute as a whole. Board members are elected from CEI members with an effort to ensure representation from a range of global regions in which we are engaged.

Annual Reports

Our 2022/2023 Annual Report is available here

Our 2021/2022 Annual Report is available here.

Our 2020/2021 Annual Report is available here.

Our 2019/2020 Annual Report is available here.