Dr. Sidsel Grimstad

Sidsel is a lecturer and Director of New Postgraduate Programs in the Newcastle Business School. She is the Program Convenor for Australia’s only degree in co-operative’s organisation and management taught online at the University of Newcastle.

Sidsel’s past experience involves environmental and agricultural policy-making in Norway, supporting UN led rural development projects in Francophone Africa and NGO-led projects in the Horn of Africa. Her PhD involved comparing environmental behaviour among small agriculture based tourism clusters in Norway and Australia. She has also been involved in research on how extractive industries affect tourism businesses in Gloucester.

Sidsel is currently working with a team of researchers funded by Common Equity NSW to look at the future of co-operative housing in Australia. She is also interested in how co-operatives and commons provides better solutions to eco-innovation.

WORKSHOP: Cooperatives: what they are, why they are powerful and how to set one up

Dr Jarra Hicks, Ann Apps, and Dr. Sidsel Grimstad

Have you heard about cooperatives but don’t really know what the fuss is about? This workshop will take you through what a cooperative is, why they are different and what makes them a powerful option for organising our economy. It will give you some inspiring examples of cooperatives helping communities achieve great things. It will also take you through the first steps of forming a cooperative and provide you with tips and resources.

This workshop is hosted by three people who live and breathe cooperatives. Jarra Hicks is from the Community Power Agency, a not-for-profit worker’s cooperative that supports communities to establish renewable energy projects. Ann Apps is a lecturer in the Newcastle Law School and is completing her PhD thesis by publication – titled ‘Why can’t we co-operate? The impact of law on the development and growth of co-operative enterprise in Australia. Dr. Sidsel Grimstad is a lecturer on co-operatives in the Newcastle Business School. She is currently involved in research on housing co-operatives in Australia, and on how co-operatives and commons may provide better frameworks for eco-innovation.