Sometimes it’s good to look into history when we want to better see the future. That’s why we’ve interviewed the Belgian academic historian Prof. Tine de Moor. Her teaching and research at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands focus on how collective action developed over time. We talked about the trends she observes in cooperatives and about cooperation in times of crisis.
During our conversation, Tine explains why we should cooperate and the challenges she has identified for cooperatives through her research work. She also advocates for public-collective partnerships in order to fully recognise everybody’s role in local transition processes: energy is an incredibly important resource and Tine de Moor believes that participation in this field is crucial. People need to be involved in the rules they have to follow and that’s why she sees cooperatives as schools for democracy.
In 2015, Tine published “The Dilemma of the Commoners: Understanding the Use of Common-Pool Resources in Long-Term Perspective“.
Tine de Moor
Professor Institutions For Collective Action in Historical Perspective
Utrecht, The Netherlands