A Research Group at Middlesex University, London

This blog is dedicated to stimulating discussion and debate on how workplaces might be transformed by democratic means and new practices. We look at alternative models including occupations, sit-ins, co-ops and other practical forms of organising work including the psychosocial. Please follow ‘Links‘ above to find reports of conferences, press coverage and written reports. See ‘Academic Articles‘ for papers published on alternatives.


1. To capitalise on the research conducted by colleagues at Middlesex University and to share expertise with a view to establish a dynamic research group over the next couple of years on alternative organizations

2. To improve the external visibility of the research on this topic at the university

Areas of focus

The alternative organizations research cluster brings together researchers at Middlesex University to explore the following areas:

* Alternative ways of organizing work, including organizations in the social and solidarity economy

* New and emerging forms and control of work, including integration of new technologies and digitalisation

* Non-governmental organizations and corporate social responsibility

* Socially responsible development and/or business models

The areas of focus thus encompass both non-traditional, emerging and alternative forms of organizations/work as well as workplace practices. The above topics are explored from a range of perspectives and disciplines, such as employment relations, organization studies, organizational psychology, sociology and political economy.

Professor Martin Upchurch
Dr. Dan Ozarow
Parisa Dashtipour 
Professor Richard Croucher
Dr. Nico Pizzolato
Dr. Sara Calvo (Social enterprise, social innovation and social and solidarity economy. Sara is also a co-founder and director of a social enterprise.)
Dr Geraldine Brennan (Alternative organizational forms and business models, focusing on business model innovation and circular economy (reusable resources, waste minimisation).
Dr Bianca Stumbitz (Sustainable social enterprise models and community businesses.)
Dr Lisa Schulte (Work and environmental and green energy sectors)
Dr Anne Daguerre (The role of the state in workers’ self-management)