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University of Stirling


Professor Johnston Birchall

Emeritus Professor

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Johnston Birchall

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Johnston Birchall studied at Oxford and then spent five years as a housing association manager before returning to academic life with an MA in Social Policy and a PhD at York University. He began his academic career as a researcher at the Institute of Community Studies in London, then taught at South Bank and Brunel universities before coming to Stirling in 1999, from where he has now retired. His focus has been on the subject of co-operation, more specifically in member-owned businesses (cooperatives, mutuals, and user-controlled public service agencies). Johnston has written 10 books (with translations into nine other languages), his latest being People-centred Businesses: Co-operatives, Mutuals and the Idea of Membership (Macmillan, 2011), and Finance in an Age of Austerity: the Power of Customer-owned Banks (Edward Elgar, 2013). More recently he has written reports for ILO on the uses of statistics on co-operatives, and for Co-operatives UK on the governance of large co-operative businesses.

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