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Athabasca University

Dr. Michael Gismondi


My research focus in the last few years has been on what I call the green social economy, with an emphasis on the role that the cooperative, social enterprise and non-profit sector in the transition to sustainability. I was co-lead in a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2012-2014) with Mike Lewis and the British Columbia-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance that studied Scaling Innovation for Sustainability. Before that I was a researcher and helped guide the establishment of the British Columbia-Alberta Social Economy Research Node, a SSHRC funded project (2006-2011). I continue to carry out research on social economy and sustainability.

Ongoing Nicaraguan Research

I have been working with my friend, historian Jeremy Mouat on bringing together ideas from the new diplomatic history with the political economy and political ecology of foreign mining and timber concessions in Nicaragua in the 1890-1910 period. Some of our essays include: "Merchants, Mining, and Concessions on Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast: Reassessing the American Presence 1893-1912," Journal of Latin American Studies (London: Cambridge University Press) 34, 4 2002, 845-879.; "La Enojosa Cuestión de Emery: the Emery Claim and U.S. Nicaraguan Relations."

I was very lucky to work in Nicaragua in the early years at archival collections at the Nicaraguan National Archives, the Hemeroteca Nacional, the Banco Nacional, CIDCA, the Instituto de Sandinismo and later the Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua (where I returned as visiting researcher in 1993-5). Closer to home, I have explored sources at the Library of Congress (Manuscript Collection) and the U.S. State Department Archives in Washington, D.C.; the Bancroft at the University of California, Berkeley; The Latin American Library and Manuscript Collection at Tulane University, New Orleans; The Hagley Museum and Archives in Delaware; and the Bass Business Library Collection at University of Oklahoma in Norman. We are writing a book called Concessions: Jose Santos Zelaya, the Mosquito Coast and the Emergence of American Empire (1880-1930).

Updated October 08 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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