Schools and Retreats

CEI Summer/Winter Schools

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The third multi-nodal Summer/Winter School will be held Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 27 June 2024

Confirmed nodes are face-to-face in Aotearoa New Zealand (University of Auckland); Norway (NTNU, Trondheim) and US (location to be advised); and online in Europe and some combination of Americas and Asia-Pacific (dependent on participant locations). 

The School is run as a small group intensive, with numbers at each node capped at twelve

The focus is community and diverse economies research and practice:

  • The first part focuses on foundational texts and core concepts (such as antiessentialism, poststructuralism and performativity) and thinking techniques (such as reading for difference). 
  • The second part focuses on contemporary applications of diverse economies research and practice. 

Face-to-face nodes operate from 9am to 5pm (with a midday start on the first day, and a 1pm finish on the last day). Online nodes cover the same content and operate from 10am to 4pm (with a midday start on the first day, and a 1pm finish on the last day). There is a two-day weekend break. 

The main readings are circulated before the School. There are nine articles/book chapters that we highly recommend that participants read before the School starts. There are an additional five articles/book chapter that we recommend participants look over before the School starts. There is reading time during the School. There is also a small amount of 'homework.'  

Confirmed facilitators are: Elizabeth Barron, Jenny Cameron, Ottavia Cima, Kelly Dombroski, Kevin St. Martin, Molly Mullen and Emma Sharp. There are opportunities to meet with other members of the Community Economies Institute (including Katherine Gibson) in the second part of the School. 

For more information contact school at communityeconomies dot org. 


In 2023, the second multi-nodal Summer/Winter School Researching Postcapitalist Politics was held from 20 to 29 June. There were 42 participants across five nodes: face-to-face in Aotearoa New Zealand, Norway and the US; and online in Central European Time (with participants from Thailand, India and Europe) and in New Zealand Standard Time (with participants from Chile, Mexico, US and Australia). 


In 2022, we held the first multi-nodal Summer/Winter School, with three face-to-face schools (in Aotearoa New Zealand, Italy and the US) and two online schools (in Australian and European time zones). The theme was Researching Postcapitalist Politics and the school ran from 1 to 9 June with 37 participants. 

2022 CEI Summer/Winter School

To find out more about what happened there are recordings from the LIVIANA conference (in November 2022 and five months after the School) on:

It's also worth reading the blog by one of the Australian online participants.

CEI Summer/Winter School AU Online

The planned 2020 Summer School on the theme of Methods for a Postcapitalist Politics was cancelled because of COVID.


In 2019, the Community Economies Institute held its first Summer School, Postcapitalist Politics in Practice, 1 to 6 June, in Bolsena (Italy).

CEI 2020 Summer School



In 2023, the Community Economies Institute held its first Practice Retreat, Community Economies in Action, 12-19 July 2023, in the Italian Alps (in Rovereto, Vallagarina Valley, Italy).