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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education



Marcelo A Vieta
Assistant Professor

phone: 416-978-0515
email: marcelo.vieta@utoronto.ca  
website: http://utoronto.academia.edu/MarceloVieta

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education



Research Overview

Areas of Research and Teaching
Workplace and organizational learning and change; Sociology of work; Alternative work organizations; Workers' control, participation, and self-management/autogestión; Political economy of labour; Social economy studies; Economic democracy, community development, and social justice; Philosophy of technology; Critical theory, with a focus on the Frankfurt School; Class-struggle Marxism; Social movements; Communication studies.

Research Methods
Mixed-methods approaches; Workplace and organizational ethnography; Extended case studies; Participatory action research; Oral history; Phenomenological methods for studying lived experience; Social impact methods for social economy enterprises.

Regions of Interest
Latin America (especially Argentina), Italy, Canada, and the US.

Community Education Organizing
Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (http://www.t-sci.ca)

Research Centres, Institutes, and Networks
Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/clsew/Home/index.html)
European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (http://www.euricse.eu)
The International Gatherings of "The Workers' Economy" (https://laeconomiadelostrabajadores.wordpress.com/)

Academic History

2014-present: Assistant Professor in Organizational and Workplace Learning for Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development and the Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Cross-appointed as Graduate Faculty to the School of the Environment, University of Toronto.

2014-present: Co-founder, Executive Committee member, and Research Associate, Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW) at OISE/UT.

2014-2017: Scientific Coordinator, "New production and worker cooperatives and the employee buyout phenomenon" project, in the Innovative Models research stream, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE), Trento, Italy.

2013-present: Associate Researcher, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE), Trento, Italy.

2013-2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Social Economy Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE), Trento, Italy.

2004-2012: PhD in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto, Canada. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

2002-2004: MA in Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

1991-1999: BA (Honours First Class) in Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Teaching Overview

Courses Recently Taught or To Teach at OISE/UT

WPL1131: Introduction to Workplace Learning and Social Change. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development.

WPL3931: Advanced Studies in Workplace Learning and Social Change. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development.

LHA1148: An Introduction to Workplace, Organizational, and Economic Democracy. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development, Collaborative Program in Community Development.

LHA1186: Perspectives on Organizational Change. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development.

LHA1150: Critical Perspectives on Organizational Change. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development.

LHA1182: Nonprofits, Co-operatives, and Social Economy: An Overview. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development, Collaborative Program in Community Development.

LHA3131: Alternative Organizations, Learning, and Social Change. Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Program in Adult Education and Community Development.

Representative Publications

Book

Vieta, M. (2018/2019).  Workers’ self-management in Argentina: Contesting neo-liberalism by occupying companies, creating cooperatives, and recuperating autogestión. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers (softcover reprint by: Haymarket Books) (forthcoming).

Journal Articles (select)

Ruggeri, A., Antivero, J., Polti, N, & Vieta, M. (2018). The University of Buenos Aires’ Programa Facultad Abierta: Reflections on a collaborative and political–academic university extension initiative with Argentina’s self-managed workers. Alberta Journal of Educational Research (in press).

Vieta, M. (2016). Marcuse's "transcendent project" at 50: Post-technological rationality for our times. Radical Philosophy Review (50th anniversary of the publication of One-Dimensional Man), 19(1), 143-172.

Vieta, M., Schatz, N., & Kasparian, G. (2015). The social return on investment of Toronto’s Good Foot Delivery: A collaborative reflection. Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 26(2), 157-172.

Ruggeri, A. & Vieta, M. (2015). Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises, 2010-2013: A synthesis of recent empirical findings. Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, 4(1), 75-103.

Sengupta, U., Vieta, M., & McMurtry, J.J. (2015). Indigenous communities and social enterprise in Canada: Incorporating culture as an essential ingredient of entrepreneurship. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 6(1), 104-123.

Brouard, F., McMurtry, J.J., & Vieta, M. (2015). Social enterprises models in Canada: Ontario. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 6(1), 63-82

Vieta, M. (2014). The stream of self-determination and autogestión: Prefiguring alternative economic realities. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 14(4), 779-806.

Vieta, M. (2014). Learning in struggle: Argentina’s new worker cooperatives as transformative learning organizations. Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 69(1), 186-218.

Vieta, M. & Ralón, L. (2013). Being-in-the-technologically-mediated-world: The existential philosophy of Marshall McLuhan. Popular Culture Studies Journal, 1(1 & 2), 36-60.

Laraburre, M., Vieta, M. & Schugurensky, D. (2011). The "new cooperativism" in Latin America: Worker-recuperated enterprises and socialist production units. Studies in the Education of Adults, 43(2), 181-196.

Vieta, M. (2010). The social innovations of autogestión in Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises: Cooperatively organizing productive life in hard times. Labor Studies, 35(3), 295-321.

Chapters (select)

Vieta, M. (2017). Inklings of the Great Refusal: Echoes of Marcuse’s post technological rationality today. In A. Lamas, T. Wolfson, & P. Funke (Eds.), The great refusal: Herbert Marcuse and contemporary social movements (Ch. 15). Philadelphia: Temple Univesity Press.

Giovannini, M. & Vieta, M. (2017). Cooperatives in Latin America. In J. Michie, J. Blassi, & C. Borzaga (Eds.), Oxford handbook of co-operative and mutual businesses. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

Vieta, M. (2016). Autogestión: Prefiguring the "new cooperativism" and the "labour commons." In C. DuRand (Ed.), Moving beyond capitalism (pp. 55-63). London: Routledge.

Vieta, M. (2016). Workers' buyout. In A. Bernardi & S. Monni (Eds.), The cooperative firm: Keywords (pp. 23-28). Rome: RomaTrE-Press.

Vieta, M., Quarter, J., Spear, R., & Moskovskaya, A. (2016). Worker co-operatives as participatory organizations. In D. Horton Smith, R.A. Stebbins, & J. Gotz (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of volunteering, civic participation, and nonprofit associations (Ch. 20). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vieta, M. (2014). Saving more than jobs: Transforming workers, businesses, and communities through Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises. In R. Di Meglio, M. Gasser, & V. Verze (Eds.), Social and solidarity economy: Towards inclusive and sustainable development (pp. 5-34). Turin, Italy: International Labour Organization (ILO).

Atzeni, M., & Vieta, M. (2014). Between class and the market: Self-management in theory and in the practice of worker-recuperated enterprises in Argentina. In M. Parker, G. Cheney, V. Fournier, & C. Land (Eds.), The Routledge companion to alternative organization (pp. 47-63). London: Routledge.

Vieta, M. (2012). From managed employees to self-managed workers: The transformations of labour at Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises. In M. Atzeni (Ed.), Alternative work organization (pp. 129-157). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vieta, M., Larrabure, M., & Schugurensky, D. (2012). Social businesses in 21st century Latin America: The cases of Argentina and Venezuela. In J. Quarter, L. Mook, & S. Ryan (Eds.), Businesses with a difference: Balancing the social and the economic (pp. 113-155). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Other (select)

Vieta, M., Depedri, S., & Carrano, A. (2017). The Italian road to recuperating enterprises and the Legge Marcora framework: Italy's worker buyouts in times of crisis. Euricse Report 15|17. Trento, Italy: European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises. http://www.euricse.eu/publications/italys-worker-buyouts-in-times-of-crisis/

Duguid, F., Tarhan, M.D., & Vieta, M. (2015). New cooperative development in Canada: Findings from research emerging from the Co-operative Development Initiative (2009-2013). Report for Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) and the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (MCDRN). Ottawa, Canada (May 1).

McMurtry, J.J., Brouard, F., Elson, P., Hall, P., Lionais, D, Vieta, M. (2015). Social enterprises context, models, and institutions in Canada (ICSEM Working Papers No. 2015-04). Report for the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM). EMES Network. Liege, Belgium: University of Liege (Apr. 15).

Research Grants and Contracts

2018-2021: Principal Investigator. "The Conversion to Co-operatives Project" (Co-opConvert). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. In collaboration with: IRECUS at Université de Sherbrooke and Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.

2016-2019: Principal Investigator. "Recalling the Past, Recuperating the Workplace: Collective Memory and Learning-in-Struggle at Worker-Recuperated Enterprises." Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto.

2014-present: Scientific Coordinator. "New Production and Worker Cooperatives and the Employee Buyout Phenomenon." An "Innovative Models" research stream of the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, Trento, Italy.

2014-present: Collaborator. "Strengthening Cuba's Agricultural Cooperatives Through Cooperative Education and Training." A Canada-Cuba Collaboration between Cubas Asociacin Nacional de Agropecuarios Pequeos (ANAP) and St. Marys University.

2014-2015: Member of national steering committee and Ontario team member. "Social Enterprises in Canada." The International Comparative Social Enterprise Models Project (ICSEM), EMES European Research Network.

2012-2015: Co-applicant and Project Lead. "The Social Return on Investment of Good Foot Delivery Social Enterprise," Case Study 12. "Social Businesses for Marginalized Social Groups" Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Community-University Research Alliances (SSHRC-CURA) grant.

2014-present: Principal Investigator. "Recuperating Enterprises, Reviving Communities: A Cross-National Study of Conversions of Investor-Owned Businesses into Labour-Managed Firms." A research network based out of Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (OISE/UT) and the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, Trento, Italy (in development).

2013-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. "Cooperating out of the Crisis by Recuperating the Past: Social Memory in Italy and Argentina's Worker-Recuperated Enterprises." The Social Economy Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

2012-2015: Co-researcher. "New Cooperative Development in Canada." Canadian National Cluster Project 3 (with F. Duguid) for "Measuring the Cooperative Difference Research Network" Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Community-University Research Alliances (SSHRC-CURA) grant.

2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, Trento, Italy.

2006-2008: Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and York University.

2002-2003: Research Associate. "Techno-Experiential Design Assessment" (TEDA) research project. New Media Innovation Centre (NewMIC) and the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST), Simon Fraser University.

Professional Activities

Invited Talks, Lectures, and Scholarly Contributions (select)

2016-2017: "Economy and Society Summer School" faculty member. Organized by the Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork. Blackwater Castle, Cork, Ireland.

2014: "Radical social innovation: Global experiments for another socio-economic reality." The British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). An international seminar on "Social Innovation and Creative Responses to Global Urban Challenges." The British Academy, London, UK (Oct. 31).

2014: "Argentina's experiments with autogestin," invited chapter contribution. The International Labour Organization (ILO) Summer School on Social and Solidarity Economy. University of Campinas, Brazil (Jul. 28 Aug. 31).

2014: "Crisi, fabbriche recuperate argentine e il legame con la comunit: Lautogestione a linnovazione sociale radicale." University of Rome "La Sapienza," Rome, Italy (Jul. 9).

2014: "Radical experiments in social innovation." Dean's Graduate Students Research Conference, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Feb. 28).

2014: "Recuperating companies, reviving communities: Organizational change, economic democracy, and new worker cooperatives in Argentina and Italy." CIDEC Seminar Series. Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC), OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Jan. 22).

2013: "From neoliberal crisis to other socio-economic realities: Cooperation, development, and Argentinas worker-recuperated enterprises." P. Idahosa & V. Patroni (coordinators), The International Development Studies Speaker Series. Program in International Development Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada (Feb. 14).

2009: "Worker self-management as a path beyond perpetual economic crisis" (inaugural talk and roundtable). C. Johnson (program director), "Engendering Crisis Lecture Series." Fisher Center for the Study of Men and Women, Hobarts and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, USA (Sept. 23-24).

Edited Journals

Vieta, M., & Lionais, D. (Eds.). (2015). The cooperative advantage for community development (special issue). Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, 4(1).

Vieta, M. (Ed.). (2010). The new cooperativism (special issue). Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action, 4(1).

Other Information

Interview on my work on autogestin (workers' self-management): http://autogestionrevista.com.ar/index.php/2018/01/31/la-existencia-de-una-empresa-recuperada-es-en-si-una-critica-al-capitalismo/

2004-2010: Co-founder and co-organizer of the critical community pedagogy collective Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (TSCI) (www.t-sci.ca), together with Greig de Peuter, Christine Shaw, Adrian Blackwell, and Enda Brophy.