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the Centre for Learning, Social Economy and Work at OISE, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto


The Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW) aims to understand and enrich the often under-recognized contributions of work and learning dynamics throughout their full range of variation in Canadian society and internationally. 

CLSEW’s research focuses on marginalized social groups, and work and learning in the social economy, public and private sectors.

Established at the University of Toronto in 2014, CLSEW merges two research centres: Centre for the Study of Education & Work, and the Social Economy Centre. (Click on History to know more about us).

Leading OISE/UT team



For Research, Education and Policy

CLSEW brings together academics, labour educators, and participants in the social economy and broader community:

  • Non-profit organizations,
  • Co-operatives,
  • Social enterprises,
  • Unions, and 
  • Worker-and-community recuperated enterprises.

In addition to an active research program, CLSEW offers resources specifically catered to those interested in issues related to labour, social economy and community development:

  • A speakers’ series,
  • Workshops leading to a certificate, and
  • Outreach to community organizations.

CLSEW's upcoming events

HR Network:



  Next Meeting

  April 20 (Friday) || 1PM - 4PM || OISE Room 6- 272 (6th floor)


Speakers Series: 


Understanding work through arts: 

union-based educators and activists on stage.


D'Arcy Martin, Monica Gutierrez & Amee Lê


*Previous Speakers Series talks are available under Archived Talks.

Workshop Series: 

2018 CLSEW three one-day Workshop Series


Friday, January 26   Digital Tools for Team & Project Management 

Friday, February 23  Create MOOCs to make your non-profit bigger and better


Friday, March 23  Video Production for non-profits to get their message out


*For more information, please click on the links provided.





The Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work is housed in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education within the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  We are linked with the collaborative graduate programs in Workplace Learning and Social Change and Community Development.


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