The institute’s logo contains the dual meaning of ‘institute for both research and action’ since it wants to express its identities as acting researchers as well as researching activists in iCOOP. Undoubtedly, co-operatives are the acting community itself, where members constantly communicate and practice. The role of the research institute is significant as co-operatives grow through ‘Education, Training, and Information’, one of the seven principles of co-operatives.
Aligning with its 2020 theme on co-operative ecosystems in social transformation and aging and decreasing population, the Institute will conduct research on the co-operative business model, governance and legal system. Furthermore, it plans to strengthen research cooperation and networks with various fields by running co-op research groups on labor, taxation and mutual business. In addition to current activities, its future collection of ‘Life Diary’ written in diary form will show members’ household economy and use of co-ops.