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Accounting lecturer shares her research to support alternative businesses

20 December 2019

Earlier this month, one of our Accounting academics, Dr Alice Bryer held a workshop on Accounting Practices and Co-operative Values at the Bristol Bike Project (BBP). The BBP is a co- operative bike shop in Stokes Croft Bristol, a community hub and a big reason why Stokes Croft became known in Bristol as an 'alternative' kind of place.

The workshop formed part of the inclusive economy initiative, which aims to support a fair and inclusive low carbon economy by co-producing research with organisations and networks in the Bristol city region. Additionally, it aims to give more institutional support to alternative businesses, building knowledge exchange networks and structure. Alice’s workshop was well attended by members of the community interested in alternative business practices and it covered both the technical and social political aspects of accounting practices.

Reflecting on the event, Alice comments:

“Globally people are looking to alternative business now for solutions to big issues like climate change, inequality and social exclusion.  The event really emphasised Bristol's potential to be a global leader.  People are excited about the possibilities to build a network and develop practices that inspire others around the world."

There are more events in the pipeline which aim to mobilise the impacts of her work including community participation and a sense of belonging – watch this space!

Alice has a PhD in Social Anthropology and she has worked as a consultant for public and third sector organisations in Europe and the USA. Her research has focused mainly on the organising and accounting practices of alternative organisations such as cooperatives and social movements in different cultural contexts.  She sees these organisations as potentially allowing us to draw wider insights about how practices can be developed to achieve broad social and environmental aims.

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