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 members are located across the globe. You can find members by clicking on this map. Two hints: 1) it's best viewed on a desktop or laptop; 2) zoom in - a lot! (in some places you'll need to go down to the street level to see members).
Process for admitting new members to the CERN
Anyone interested in joining CERN should contact two current CERN members to endorse their membership. In consultation with these members, a short Introductory Statement is to be composed that includes the following information:
- Name, affiliation and contact details
- Current research and/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.
The endorsers of the proposed member then should contact email@example.com to have the new member added to the CERN listserv. Once on the list, the endorsers send out a Welcome to the listserv with the new member’s Introductory Statement. New members will be given instructions on how to access the membership home page.
To find current CERN members you can search on the map (above); 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.
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.