CWOP engages in research to evaluate economic and social justice impact of cooperative ownership and democratic engagement.

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Past Visiting Scholars at the Center for Community and Worker Ownership Project

Dario Azzellini, was in 2016-17 a visiting scholar at the Murphy Institute, CUNY, writer, and documentary director. He holds a PhD in political science and a PhD in sociology. His research and writing focus on democracy, social movements, self-management, popular power, migration, and racism. Azzellini is co-editor of Ours to Master and to Own: Worker Control from the Commune to the Present (Haymarket 2011) and the editor of An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy (Zed Books 2015). With Marina Sitrin, he co-authors of They Can’t Represent UsReinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy (Verso 2014). His latest book is Communes and Workers’ Control in Venezuela: Building 21st Century Socialism from Below (Brill 2017). He serves as associate editor for WorkingUSA and for Cuadernos de Marte. Azzellini is a founding member of Workers Control. As a documentary filmmaker, and together with Oliver Ressler, he is producing Occupy, Resist, Produce, a series of documentaries on recuperated factories under workers control in Europe.

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Dr. Sofía Arana Landín, was in 2017 visiting scholar to the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies from University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she serves as Director of International Projects and Professor in Tax Law. Her expertise is in cooperative business, the solidarity economy and the tax codes that make cooperative economics accountable. She has worked with the European Commission’s independent experts’ program for the correct application of EU law. While at LSU, Dr. Aranas completed a comparative study of taxation and procurement policies of New York with the Basque Country to explore best practices in how and when cooperative businesses contribute to social equity and well-being.