We are a network of Academic, Student Researchers, and Community Members who are based at multiple locations in the Eastern United States and beyond. The principle researchers on the Mapping the Solidarity Economy project are listed below:

Marianna Pavlovskaya <> is a Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography at Hunter College and the PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences at CUNY Graduate Center. Currently, she is also an Interim Chair the Geography Department at Hunter College. Her MA degree in geography is from Moscow State University and her PhD in geography from Clark University. Her research fields connect urban, socio-economic, and feminist geography with geospatial technologies. Some of her recent and on-going projects have examined neoliberalization and production of economic difference in post-Soviet Russia; constitution of social body through the U.S. census and geo-spatial data; spatial mobility and gender; and the role of GIS and other geospatial technologies in production of knowledge and enabling progressive social transformations. She was fortunate to work on these and other projects with colleagues in the US, Russia, Norway, and Uganda. She is also fortunate to work with fantastic students at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center on their wonderful projects. Her current research theorizes solidarity economy as an instance of economic difference already present within the U.S. economy and aims to constitute it as an object of theory, policy, and action.

Craig Borowiak <> is an associate professor of Political Science at Haverford College. His research and teaching revolve around political economic thought, globalization, democratic theory, global civil society, and post-capitalist politics. He is currently researching solidarity economies and the spread of solidarity economy movements around the globe. He is the author of Accountability and Democracy: the Pitfalls and Promise of Popular Control (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Exploring Cooperatives: Economic Democracy and Community Development in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Extension, forthcoming 2014). He has also published several articles in major political science journals, including Polity, the Journal of Politics, Political Theory, New Political Science, and Politics and Society, among othersHe maintains a research website on the solidarity economy at:

Maliha Safri <> is an associate professor in the economics department at Drew University, and has taught and published on political economy and migration. She has published articles in Signs, the Middle East Journal, Rethinking Marxism, the Economist’s Voice, and edited book collections. She has also been involved with popular education seminars and courses with activists, especially with worker cooperatives in the NJ and NY metropolitan area.

Emily Kawano <> received her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the co-director of Wellspring Cooperative, a founder and director of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and a board member of the Intercontinental Social Solidarity Economy Network (RIPESS). She served as the director of the Center for Popular Economics from 2004-2013 and remains a member of the collective. She has taught economics at Smith College, and worked as the National Economic Justice Rep. for the American Friends Service Committee. In N. Ireland, she founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, served on the N.I Social Economy Network Working Group and worked with Belfast Community Development Agencies to develop and deliver a social economy training program for community groups.

Stephen Healy <> is a geographer and founding member of the Community Economies Collective. Psychoanalytic and Marxian theory inform his approach to community-based research. He is a co-author of Take Back the Economy: An Ethical for Transforming Our Communities (2013), with Jenny Cameron and J.K. Gibson-Graham He was an Associate Professor of Geography at Worcester State University and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney.

Jack Norton <> is a doctoral candidate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is writing a dissertation on the geography and political economy of mass incarceration in New York State. Jack received an MA in geography from the University of Washington, and has worked as a researcher and activist in the United States and Canada for many years.

Christian Siener <> Christian Siener is a doctoral student in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center where he studies urban political economy. His dissertation will focus on the politics, history, and infrastructure of New York City’s extensive homeless shelter system. Christian received an MA in geography at Hunter College.

Ekaterina Bezborodko <> is a doctoral student in Earth and Environmental Sciences at CUNY Graduate Center. Her interests include geography education and the relationship between economic restructuring and vocational education.  She received an M.A, in geography from Rutgers University.

Rob Eletto <> received his M.A. from Hunter College’s Department of Geography in 2012 with an additional certification in G.I.S.  His research focused on New York City’s credit unions and their relationship to social and economic landscapes in the city.  He continues to engage a broad interest in alternative models of economics, technology, community development, and global connectivity.  Rob is also a musician and filmmaker specializing in producing short narratives and composing film scores.

Lauren Hudson <> is a Geography student at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a member of SolidarityNYC–a collective that supports and promotes New York’s solidarity economy as well as a board member of the Data Commons Cooperative, an international coop that shares data from the solidarity and new economy spheres between its members. She was also a Cooperative Finance Leader for America Fellow prior to coming to the Graduate Center. Her research interests include feminist geography, diverse economies, and multi-stakeholder cooperative governance.

 Araby Smyth <> is a MA student in the Geography program at Hunter College (CUNY). Her research focuses on human migration from Latin America and the Caribbean to the US, specifically remittances and hometown associations. She was recently an intern at the Center for Migration Studies and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Currently, Araby is working with a team at Baruch College (CUNY) to develop a geographic data repository, part of the Open Geoportal project.


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