18th ICA Asia-Pacific Research Conference

Cooperatives in the Next Industrial Revolution

The International Conference aims to explore the role of cooperatives in shaping the future of work amidst the ongoing technological advancements and industrial transformations

Call for Papers


IIM Kozhikode


15 – 18 October, 2024

Cooperatives in the Next Industrial Revolution

The International Conference on ‘Cooperatives in the Next Industrial Revolution’ aims to explore the role of cooperatives in shaping the future of work amidst the ongoing technological advancements and industrial transformations. In an era marked by automation, digitalization, and globalization, cooperatives emerge as a resilient and sustainable alternative, fostering democratic workplaces, equitable distribution of wealth, and community empowerment. This conference provides a platform for scholars, practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs and activists to exchange insights, share best practices, and chart a collective path forward for cooperatives in the evolving landscape of the Next Industrial Revolution.

Building Resilient Cooperatives

Harnessing Technology for Empowerment

Fostering Inclusive Growth and Social Justice

Policy and Regulatory Frameworks


Building Resilient Cooperatives

Exploring the resilience of cooperatives in the face of economic disruptions and technological shifts.

Strategies for building sustainable business models and ensuring long-term viability.

Case studies highlighting successful examples of resilience in cooperatives across different industries.

Harnessing Technology for Empowerment

Leveraging digital tools and platforms to enhance productivity, collaboration, and decision-making within cooperatives.

Addressing challenges and opportunities posed by automation, artificial intelligence, and the gig economy.
Promoting inclusive digitalization and ensuring equitable access to technology among cooperative members.

Fostering Inclusive Growth and Social Justice

Examining the role of cooperatives in advancing economic democracy, social justice, and wealth distribution.
Strategies for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within cooperative governance and decision-making processes.
Collaborative approaches to address systemic inequalities and promote community development through cooperative initiatives.

Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

Assessing the policy landscape for cooperatives at national and international levels.

Identifying regulatory barriers and advocating for supportive legal frameworks to facilitate the growth of cooperative enterprises.
Case studies on successful policy interventions and legislative reforms promoting the development of cooperatives.

The conference aims to address a wide range of topics from different academic fields and traditions, including – among others:

Coordination between cooperatives and corporations, Government, people’s organizations, and non-government organizations

Corporate social responsibility, creating shared value, stakeholder engagement etc.

Policy and legal frameworks, public private partnership, enabling environment etc.

Governing commons through cooperatives: managing resources, irrigation, agriculture, fisheries etc.

New areas, Services and Advocacy: Health and medical care, elderly care, childcare, energy platforms, transportation, education-advocacy programs, etc.

Digital platforms and adoption of technology

Circular economy: Equity, sustainability, transparency, and resilience

Addressing internal challenges and adapting to external conditions

Young Scholars and Early Career Researchers’ Workshop

During the conference, a dedicated workshop will be organized for young scholars and early career researchers in order to cultivate and enhance an interdisciplinary collaboration. The workshop will be an opportunity for these scholars to present their research in a friendly environment and be provided constructive feedback and support from senior academics researchers in the field. The organizers will provide select number of scholarships to cover the cost of travel and accommodation (if any), on merit-cum-need basis.

Young Researcher Award

The ICA-AP CCR will bestow two meritorious papers with Dr. Mauritz Bonow Young Researcher Award (US$ 500 and US$ 300) to researchers not over 35 years of age, presenting their papers in the conference.


The organisers are exploring various options to publish peer-reviewed research papers with reputed journals and book publishers. All presented full papers will be published in the conference proceeding (ISBN registered).

Important Dates

Deadline for abstracts’ submissions

30th June, 2024

Notification to shortlisted authors with presentation guidelines

20th July, 2024

Deadline to register for the 18th ICA-AP Research Conference

15th August, 2024

Deadline to send full papers and presentations

15th September, 2024

18th ICA Asia-Pacific Research Conference

15th October, 2024

Abstract Format

Researchers interested to present their papers in the conference, need to submit an abstract of not more than 600 words that should broadly include the research question, methodology, likely contribution to the field of knowledge and relevant literature. The abstracts should be submitted in the following format:

- Title of paper
- Name(s) and affiliations of Authors
- Main theme/ objective of the paper
- Methodological and/or Conceptual approach
- Bibliography, Keywords and Contact details for corresponding author(s).

Poster proposals may also be sent, especially by young researchers, postgraduate and doctoral students.