Professor
Food Business & Development
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

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Michael Ward is Professor of Food Business and Development (Co-operative Organisation) and researcher in the Centre for Co-operative Studies (currently on sabbatical leave).

Michael’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of co-operative business, organisation theory and management.

Currently, Michael is a member of the Plunkett Ireland Taskforce. This taskforce was set up by the UK-based Plunkett Foundation in 2014 to support its work in developing and funding co-operative initiatives in the Republic of Ireland. 

Research Interests

All aspects of Co-operative Business: Agricultural and Rural Co-operatives, Community and Workers Co-operatives and Credit Co-operatives.

My work is located in the fields of organisation theory and management. I am actively engaged in productive research and publication in three main areas of co-operative activity: agricultural & rural co-operatives, community & workers' co-operatives and credit co-operatives. Each area is represented in recent journal publications.

Books

YearPublication
(2006)Meeting the Credit Needs of Low-Income Groups: Credit Unions-v-Moneylenders.
Byrne, N, McCarthy O. & Ward, M.; (2006) Meeting the Credit Needs of Low-Income Groups: Credit Unions-v-Moneylenders. : Combat Poverty Agency. [Details]
(2003)The Role of the Supervisory Commitee in Credit Union Governance.
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward M.; (2003) The Role of the Supervisory Commitee in Credit Union Governance. : Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2002)Women in the Irish Credit Union Movement: North & South.
McKillop D., O. McCarthy, M. Ward, R. Briscoe & C. Ferguson; (2002) Women in the Irish Credit Union Movement: North & South. Cork, Ireland: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2002)Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions.
O'Connor R., O. McCarthy & M. Ward. (2002) Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2001)Credit Union Communications.
McCarthy O., O'Fathaigh M. & Ward, M. (2001) Credit Union Communications. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2000)The competitive advantages of co-operatives.
Briscoe, R & M. Ward. ; (2000) The competitive advantages of co-operatives. UCC, Cork: Centre for Co-operative: UCC. [Details]
(2000)The co-operatives of Ireland.
Briscoe, R. & Ward, M., Colm Hughes, Olive McCarthy & Mary O'Shaughnessy; (2000) The co-operatives of Ireland. : Centre for Co-operative Studies, NUI Cork. [Details]
(1999)An analysis of youth involvement in Irish credit unions.
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward.; (1999) An analysis of youth involvement in Irish credit unions. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(1999)Credit union services: opinions, challenges and opportunities.
Bowen, M., M.O'Fathaigh & M. Ward.; (1999) Credit union services: opinions, challenges and opportunities. Centre for Co-operative Studies: UCC: Cork. [Details]
(1999)Credit Unions and Job Creation.
McCarthy O., Briscoe R. & Ward M. (1999) Credit Unions and Job Creation. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(1982)The Co-operative Idea.
Briscoe, R., M. Ward, et al.; (1982) The Co-operative Idea. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies: UCC. [Details]
(1982)Co-operation between Co-operatives: a case study of agricultural co-operatives in the North East of the Republic of Ireland.
Ward, M., R. Briscoe & M. Linehan; (1982) Co-operation between Co-operatives: a case study of agricultural co-operatives in the North East of the Republic of Ireland. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'Irish agricultural co-operative modelling and re-modelling: Responding to a dynamic business and policy environment'
McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2014) 'Irish agricultural co-operative modelling and re-modelling: Responding to a dynamic business and policy environment' In: Mazzarol, Tim et al (eds). Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise: Case studies of organisational resilience in the co-operative business model. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [Details]
(2012)'Sustaining the co-operative approach in an era of change: A case study from Cork Ireland'
McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2012) 'Sustaining the co-operative approach in an era of change: A case study from Cork Ireland' In: The Co-operative Model in Practice: International Perspectives. Aberdeen: Community Enterprise Trust Soctland. Globe icon [Details]
(2012)'From co-operatives to conventional businesses and back again: the Irish co-operative experience'
Briscoe R., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2012) 'From co-operatives to conventional businesses and back again: the Irish co-operative experience' In: A Co-operative Dilemma: Converting Organizational Form. Saskatoon: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan. [Details]
(2011)'Amalgamation and federated co-operative models: A place for both in the development of the Irish credit union movement'
Byrne N., Ward M., Prendergast K., Power C. (2011) 'Amalgamation and federated co-operative models: A place for both in the development of the Irish credit union movement' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'An overview of co-operatives and the co-operative ethos in Ireland'
McCarthy, O., Briscoe R. and Ward M.; (2011) 'An overview of co-operatives and the co-operative ethos in Ireland' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'Credit unions and community wellbeing'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M.; (2011) 'Credit unions and community wellbeing' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'The role of credit unions in financial capability'
Byrne, N., Power, C., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M.; (2011) 'The role of credit unions in financial capability' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2010)'People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach'
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe and M. Ward; (2010) 'People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach' In: Irish Business and Society: Governing, Participating and Transforming in the 21st Century. Cork: Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
(2007)'The evolution and growth of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC'
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward; (2007) 'The evolution and growth of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC' In: Structuring Diversities and a Complex Heritage: Essays in the field of Co-operative Studies. Canada: New Rochdale Press. [Details]
(2005)'Developing Ourselves'
Briscoe, R., O. McCarthy, M.Ward & B. Thompson; (2005) 'Developing Ourselves' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. Cork, Ireland: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2005)'Introduction: A better way of doing business'
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward.; (2005) 'Introduction: A better way of doing business' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. Cork, Ireland: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2005)'Co-operative and Social Enterprises - A Role in Revitalising Rural Communities'
Briscoe, R., Ward, M., & O Shaughnessy, M.; (2005) 'Co-operative and Social Enterprises - A Role in Revitalising Rural Communities' In: Rural Living: An Analysis of 1249 Households in the Republic of Ireland. [Details]
(2005)'What Co-ops have in Common?'
Briscoe R. & Ward M.; (2005) 'What Co-ops have in Common?' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. [Details]
(2005)'Feeding Oursleves II: Farmers' Co-ops & Food'
Ward M.; (2005) 'Feeding Oursleves II: Farmers' Co-ops & Food' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. [Details]
(2005)'From the Cradle to Retirement & Beyond'
Briscoe R. & Ward M.; (2005) 'From the Cradle to Retirement & Beyond' In: Helping Oursleves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. [Details]
(2005)'The way forward'
Briscoe R. & Ward M.; (2005) 'The way forward' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. [Details]
(2002)'Spoldzielnie Rolnicze W Irlandii! (Irish Rural Co-operatives)'
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward.; (2002) 'Spoldzielnie Rolnicze W Irlandii! (Irish Rural Co-operatives)' In: Socjologia Wsi W Irlandii ( Rural Society in Ireland). Poland: Uniwersytet Mikolvaja Kopernika, Torun. [Details]
(2001)'Mutuality through Credit Unions: a cross-national approach'
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward; (2001) 'Mutuality through Credit Unions: a cross-national approach' In: The New Mutualism in Public Policy. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2000)'Ireland's multipurpose dairy co-ops'
Ward, M. ; (2000) 'Ireland's multipurpose dairy co-ops' In: The co-operatives of Ireland. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2000)'The spirit of credit union in Ireland'
Ward, M. ; (2000) 'The spirit of credit union in Ireland' In: The co-operatives of Ireland. University College, Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2000)'Ireland's community co-operatives'
Briscoe R., O. McCarthy, & M. Ward.; (2000) 'Ireland's community co-operatives' In: The Co-operatives of Ireland. [Details]
(2000)'Redesigning the credit union for the New Millennium'
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward; (2000) 'Redesigning the credit union for the New Millennium' In: The World of Co-operative Business: 2000. UK: Oxford: Plunkett Foundation. [Details]
(1983)'Co-operatives: past, present and future. What do you think?'
Ward, M. ; (1983) 'Co-operatives: past, present and future. What do you think?' In: Plunkett and Co-operatives: past, present and future. Centre for Co-operative Studies: University College, Cork. [Details]
(1983)'Unemployment and work'
Ward, M. ; (1983) 'Unemployment and work' In: Workers' Co-operatives: Potential and Problems. University College, Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2011)The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (Ed.). (2011) The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2005)Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social
Briscoe, R & M. Ward (Ed.). (2005) Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social. Cork, Ireland: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2000)The co-operatives of Ireland
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward (Ed.). (2000) The co-operatives of Ireland The co-operatives of Ireland. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies: UCC. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Reflexive Resilience and Community Supported Agriculture: The Case that Emerged from a Place'
Moore O., McCarthy O., Byrne N. & Ward M. (2014) 'Reflexive Resilience and Community Supported Agriculture: The Case that Emerged from a Place'. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 4 (3) Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward M. (2014) 'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 2 (2):55-64 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility'
Power, C., O’Connor, R., McCarthy O. and Ward M. (2012) 'The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility'. International Journal of Co-Operative Management, 6 (1):8-15 [Details]
(2012)'Credit Union Restructuring: Don't forget the member!'
Byrne, N, McCarthy, O, Ward, M. & JJ. McMurtry. (2012) 'Credit Union Restructuring: Don't forget the member!'. International Journal of Co-Operative Management, 6 (1):31-39 [Details]
(2011)'Structure and Culture: The Evolution of Irish Agricultural Co-operative'
Murtagh A. & Ward M. (2011) 'Structure and Culture: The Evolution of Irish Agricultural Co-operative'. Journal of Rural Co-Operation, 39 (2) [Details]
(2009)'The Potential of the Co-operative Form for Farmers' Markets in Ireland: Some Lessons from the USA and UK'
Moroney A., R. Briscoe, O. McCarthy, M. O'Shaughnessy & M. Ward; (2009) 'The Potential of the Co-operative Form for Farmers' Markets in Ireland: Some Lessons from the USA and UK'. Journal of Co-Operative Studies, 42 (1):4-12 [Details]
(2009)'Food Democracy in Practice: a case study of the Dublin Food Co-op'
Murtagh, A. and M. Ward; (2009) 'Food Democracy in Practice: a case study of the Dublin Food Co-op'. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 42 (1):13-22 [Details]
(2007)'An Alternative Approach to Oversight: The case of the supervisory committee in Irish credit unions'
Byrne, N. O. McCarthy & M. Ward; (2007) 'An Alternative Approach to Oversight: The case of the supervisory committee in Irish credit unions'. International Journal of Co-operative, 3 (2):58-67 [Details]
(2007)'Emerald pastures-Ireland's Dairy Co-ops adopt range of strategies in response to changing markets'
Ward. M. ; (2007) 'Emerald pastures-Ireland's Dairy Co-ops adopt range of strategies in response to changing markets'. Rural Co-operatives USDA, 74 (5):14-19 [Details]
(2007)'Moneylending in Ireland within a context of a widespread Credit Union'
Byrne N., O. McCarthy & M. Ward.; (2007) 'Moneylending in Ireland within a context of a widespread Credit Union'. Journal of Public Money & Management, 27 (1):45-52 [Details]
(2007)'Small Advantages-Are small co-ops still viable in Ireland's dairy pastures?'
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward; (2007) 'Small Advantages-Are small co-ops still viable in Ireland's dairy pastures?'. Rural Co-operatives USDA, 74 (6):28-33 [Details]
(2006)'Is Small Both Beautiful and Competitive? A Case Study of Irish'
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward; (2006) 'Is Small Both Beautiful and Competitive? A Case Study of Irish'. Journal of Rural Co-operation, 34 (2) [Details]
(2006)'Artists' Co-operatives: An Analysis of their Potential Contribution to the Development of the Visual Arts in Ireland'
Byrne, N., Carroll, B. & Ward, M.; (2006) 'Artists' Co-operatives: An Analysis of their Potential Contribution to the Development of the Visual Arts in Ireland'. Ica Review of International Co-Operation, Vol. 99 (No. 1/2006):29-35 [Details]
(2003)'Irish Credit Unions:Exploring the Gender Mix'
McKillop D.G., R. Briscoe, O. McCarthy, M. Ward & C. Ferguson; (2003) 'Irish Credit Unions:Exploring the Gender Mix'. VOLUNTAS: Official Journal of the International Society for Third Sector Research, 14 (3):339-358 [Details]
(2001)'Opportunities and Challenges in Communications for Credit Unions'
McCarthy, O. & M. Ward.; (2001) 'Opportunities and Challenges in Communications for Credit Unions'. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 34 (3 (no.103)) [Details]
(2001)'Communicating the co-operative message: a case study of the Irish credit union movement'
McCarthy, O. & M. Ward.; (2001) 'Communicating the co-operative message: a case study of the Irish credit union movement'. Review of International Co-operation, 94 (1):8-14 [Details]
(2001)'The input of co-operative banking in local development structures: an empirical study of the European LEADER Programme in Ireland'
Buendia, Martinez I., O. McCarthy, R. Briscoe & M.Ward, ; (2001) 'The input of co-operative banking in local development structures: an empirical study of the European LEADER Programme in Ireland'. Revue Economie et Solidarities, 32 (1) Globe icon [Details]
(1999)'Serving the periphery: community co-operatives in Western Ireland'
Briscoe, R., O. McCarthy, & M. Ward. ; (1999) 'Serving the periphery: community co-operatives in Western Ireland'. Review of International Co-operation, 92 (1):7-13 [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2011)3rd EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Social Innovation through Social Entrepreneurship in Civil Society
Curtis, A., O' Shaughnessy, M, Ward, M. (2011) ; (2011) An examination of the tensions and challenges associated with operating as a social enterprise, the case of Irish social enterprises 3rd EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Social Innovation through Social Entrepreneurship in Civil Society Available at http://www.emes.net/index.php?id=538, [Details]
(2008)CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, conference proceedings
Prendergast, K., N. Byrne & M. Ward; (2008) An Analysis of the relationship between the credit union board and the manager- the manager's perspective CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, conference proceedings [Details]
(2004)International Co-operative Alliance: Local Society & Global Economy - The Role of Co-operatives
Byrne N., McCarthy O., & Ward M (2004) No study, no credit union: an Irish perspective on education and training in credit unions . In: Karafolas S. & Stryjan Y eds. International Co-operative Alliance: Local Society & Global Economy - The Role of Co-operatives , pp.1-12 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2011)Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland.
Moroney A., Briscoe R., McCarthy O., O'Shaughnessy M., Ward M. (2011) Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland. Department of Agriculture, Dublin. [Details]
(2010)The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability.
Byrne N., Power C., McCarthy O. and Ward M.; (2010) The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2005)Meeting the credit needs of low income groups: Credit unions versus moneylenders.
Byrne N., McCarthy O., Ward M.; (2005) Meeting the credit needs of low income groups: Credit unions versus moneylenders. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2003)The Role of the Supervisory Committee in Credit Union Governance.
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2003) The Role of the Supervisory Committee in Credit Union Governance. Centre for Co-operative Studies, Cork. [Details]
(2002)Training and Education in Irish Credit Unions.
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward, M. (2002) Training and Education in Irish Credit Unions. Centre for Co-operative Studies, Cork. [Details]

Other

YearPublication
(2002)Mutual and Credit Union Business.
Briscoe R. & Ward M.; (2002) Mutual and Credit Union Business. Other [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)TRADEIT Entrepreneurial Summer Academy,
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A ., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M. (2014) An Opportunity to Enhance Farm Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Poster Presentation], TRADEIT Entrepreneurial Summer Academy, Institute of Technology, Tralee , 15-JUN-14 - 18-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)International Co-operative Alliance Research Conference,
Byrne,N, McCarthy, O; O'Loughlin, D & Ward, M (2014) The Potential for Co-creation in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance Research Conference, Pula, Croatia , 24-JUN-14 - 28-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)International Conference of Producer Organisations,
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A., Ward, M., McCarthy, O., and Power, C. (2014) Enhancing Farm Level Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Oral Presentation], International Conference of Producer Organisations, Dublin , 25-OCT-14 - 26-OCT-14. [Details]
(2009)Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
O'Connor R., Power C., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2009) The community impact of credit unions in rural Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Galway , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2005)International Co-operative Alliance annual research conference: The contribution of co-operatives to community culture,
Ward, M.; (2005) . [Conference Organising Committee Member], International Co-operative Alliance annual research conference: The contribution of co-operatives to community culture, UCC , 01-AUG-05 - 01-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)Is Small Both Beautiful and Competitive? A case study of Irish agricultural co-operatives,
Ward, M.; (2005) . [Oral Presentation], Is Small Both Beautiful and Competitive? A case study of Irish agricultural co-operatives, XX1 International Co-operative Research Conference: the contribution of co-operatives to community culture. UCC , 01-AUG-05 - 01-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)International Co-operative Alliance XXI International Co-operative Research Conference The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture Local Organisers: ,
Byrne, N., Carroll, B. & Ward, M.; (2005) Artists co-operatives and their potential to contribute to the development of the visual arts sector in Ireland. [N/A], International Co-operative Alliance XXI International Co-operative Research Conference The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture Local Organisers: , Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork , 11-AUG-05 - 14-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)Artists' Co-operatives and their Potential for the Development of the Arts in Ireland,
Byrne, N., Carroll, B. & Ward, M.; (2005) Artists' Co-operatives and their Potential for the Development of the Arts in Ireland, . [Details]
(2004)Vertical Markets and Co-operative Hierarchies: The Role of Cooperatives in the International Food Industry M.A.I.Ch Conference,
Briscoe R. & Ward M.; (2004) Strategic responses of Irish Agricultural Co-operatives to the changing agri-business and rural development. [Invited Oral Presentation], Vertical Markets and Co-operative Hierarchies: The Role of Cooperatives in the International Food Industry M.A.I.Ch Conference, Chania, Greece , 03-SEP-04 - 07-SEP-04. [Details]
(2004)Strategic responses of Irish Agricultural Co-operatives to the changing agri business and rural environment,
Ward, M.; (2004) . [Oral Presentation], Strategic responses of Irish Agricultural Co-operatives to the changing agri business and rural environment, Vertical markets and Co-operative Hierarchies: The role of co-operatives in the international agri food industry: Euresco conference on the strategies and organisation of agri-food co-operatives. Chania, Crete , 01-SEP-04 - 01-SEP-04. [Details]
(2003)International co-operative Alliance European and internatinoal co-operatives Research Conference on Local Society and Global Culture,
Byrne N., McCarthy, O & Ward, M.; (2003) No Study, No Credit Union: An Irish Perspective on Education and Training in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation], International co-operative Alliance European and internatinoal co-operatives Research Conference on Local Society and Global Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece , 09-MAY-03 - 12-MAY-03. [Details]
(2000)New relationships between farmers and enterprises: the lessons from Ireland with the change of dairy co-operatives into PLCs,
Ward, M.; (2000) . [Oral Presentation], New relationships between farmers and enterprises: the lessons from Ireland with the change of dairy co-operatives into PLCs, Invited presentation to COGECA conference on Co-operative Governance: Brussels , 01-NOV-00 - 01-JAN-00. [Details]
(1998)Serving the Periphery,
Ward, M.; (1998) . [Oral Presentation], Serving the Periphery, Research Conference of the International Co-operative Alliance. UCC, Cork , 01-MAY-98 - 01-MAY-98. [Details]
(1996)The support requirements for developing worker co-operatives supported by DGXX111 of European Commission,
Ward, M.; (1996) . [Conference Organising Committee Member], The support requirements for developing worker co-operatives supported by DGXX111 of European Commission, UCC , 01-APR-96 - 01-APR-96. [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
199912,700 euro as PI with colleagues from UCC, Queens & University of Ulster for a study entitled Gender Issues in Credit Unions, North & South of the border Royal Irish Academy

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland. Member of Committee of Management.30-DEC-99 /

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Society for Co-operative Studies, Ireland. Member of Committee of Management1999 / 1999
NUI BSc. Rural Development Academic Board. Member1999 / 1999
Plunkett Ireland Taskforce Michael Ward was appointed to the taskforce based on his expertise and knowledge of Ireland and the co-operative movement, and his connections within the rural community development and co-operative sectors.2014 / 2016
UCC Committee on Adult Continuing Education Member of Committee2007 / 2011
UCC Committee on Academic Workload Distribution Model Member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Professor - Head/Director, 2008-present/
University College Cork Senior Lecturer, 2003-2008/
University College Cork Lecturer, 1993-2003/
University College Cork Temp - Lecturer, 1989-1993/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1976NUI Maynooth BA (Hons)Sociology, Geography
1977NUI Maynooth HDipEducation
1980NUI Maynooth MAGeography
1987NUI UCC PHDSociology (Co-operative Organisations)

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
O. McCarthy & R. Briscoe

Credit Union Rationalisation - a report to the AGM of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

R. Briscoe & O. McCarthy

Comharchumainn Forbartha Pobail (community co-operatives). A report to the Board of Directors of Udaras na Gaeltachta. 66 pages

R. Briscoe & O. McCarthy

Ceantar na nOileán: Development Issues - a report entitled to the Development Issues Division of Udarás na Gaeltachta

R. Briscoe

Membership development in Waterford Co-operative society (now Glanbia) - a report to the Board of Directors. 55 pages

Other Activities

 Description

Recent External Reviews
Reviewed Higher Certificate in Cooperative Management (May 2010) and Diploma in Cooperative Management (July 2010) for Faculty of Commerce, Administration and Law, University of Zululand, South Africa.


Acted as external reviewer on recruitment of new Professor of Marketing in a U.K. university.  Academic year 2009/2010.

Acted as external reviewer on recruitment of lecturer in rural development in an Irish university, academic year 2009-2010

Teaching Interests


Modules Co-ordinated:

FE4009 Co-operative Business and the Rural Economy

FE6103 Rural Development

FE3702 Understanding Mutual Organisations

FE1004 The Role of Communications in Food Business

FE6703 Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance

FE2702 Mutual and Credit Union Business

FE6102 Co-operative Organisation

FE3704 Individual Research Report

FE6104 Practical Training Placement

FE3703 The Ethos and Values of Mutual Businesses

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2014Zemen Ayele UCCPHDThe Impact of Saving and Credit Co-operation on Food Security in the West Amhara Region Ethiopia.
2011Una Murray UCCPHDMainstreaming as a policy approach: child labour in agriculture.
2015Aisling Murtagh UCCPHDThe defining characteristics of alternative food initiatives in Ireland: a social movement battling for an alternative food future?
2011Ashling Moroney UCCPHDEffective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2017Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance FE6703Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance
2017Rural Development: Application and Practice FE6113Rural Development: Application and Practice
2017Practical Training Placement FE6104Practical Training Placement
2017Co-operative Food Processing and Supply FE6708Co-operative Food Processing and Supply
2017Co-Operative Organisation: Theoretical Application and Practice FE6111Co-Operative Organisation: Theoretical Application and Practice
2017The Role of Communications in Food Business FE1004The Role of Communications in Food Business