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Community Economies Collective


The Community Economies Collective (CEC) is an ongoing collaboration between academic and community researchers and activists in Australia, North America, Europe and South East Asia. The goal of the Collective is to theorize, discuss, represent and ultimately enact new visions of economy. By making multiple forms of economic life viable options for action, the Collective aims to open the economy to ethical debate and provide a space within which to explore different economic practices and pathways.


The project grew out of J.K. Gibson-Graham's feminist critique of political economy that focused upon the limiting effects of representing economies as dominantly capitalist. CEC is documenting the multiple ways in which people are making economies of difference and in the process realizing their interdependence with others.


The CEC aims to:

● produce a more inclusive understanding of economy;

● highlight the extent and contribution of hidden and alternative economies;

● describe the interconnectedness of economy and society;

● build sustainable non-capitalist economic alternatives;

● foster ethical economic experimentation;

● engender collaborations between activists, academics and communities.


The website includes information on rethinking the economy outside of a capitalocentric discourse, and on research projects that are enacting diverse and ethical economies. The website also includes resources for academic and community researchers and activists involved in revisioning economic futures, including academic papers and stories of practical interventions in particular places.


The website contains data on building ethical economies and work across all areas of the economy. Thus far specific studies conducted by CEC researchers have worked on agriculture, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, trade, financial services, politics, education and healthcare.


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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Action/campaign organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Education, Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 1999
Founder(s) Julie Graham and Katherine Gibson
Legal form
Continent Australia
Country Australia
City Penrith NSW
One or several keywords that describe your initiative Rethinking economy, diverse economies, economy and ethics, research and education network
Publications articles, books, conference papers, theses and dissertations
More information

Contact person(s)

Professor Katherine Gibson


Contact information

Name Community Economies Collective
Address Institute of Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney
Zip/postal code Locked Bag 1797
Place Penrith NSW 2750
State/province New South Wales
Country Australia



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