Eleonore Perrin

Postdoctoral researcher

Department Fachbereich Geographie und Raumplanung
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E02 25-350

Ellie Perrin graduated in Political Sciences at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Toulouse in 2011 and was awarded her PhD in Geography from the University of Liverpool in 2022 before joining the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg in September 2022 as a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Her PhD research focuses on the cooperative sector in Northern Ireland and is based on a long-term engagement with a number of worker cooperatives in and around Belfast. In doing so, the research brings new light to the exploration of existing alternative economies in a divided post-conflict society. The research also contributes to extending the “neoliberal peace” thesis, investigating the contradictions and alternatives to neoliberal peacebuilding in post-conflict Northern Ireland. The research project, which is based on prior experience in the sector, blends participant observation and ethnographic interviews to form a ‘cooperative’ approach to research.

Her research interests include worker cooperatives, diverse and solidarity economies, post-conflict Northern Ireland and political economy, and participatory and feminist methodologies.  

Aside her research activities, Ellie worked in the community sector in Northern Ireland and in Liverpool. In particular, she worked in Trademark Belfast, the anti-sectarianism unit of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and later joined the team of cooperative practitioners at Cooperative Alternatives.

Research Interests

  • Worker cooperatives
  • Solidarity economies
  • Northern Ireland
  • Political economy

Last updated on: Mittwoch, den 14. September 2022

Work Experience

  • 2021-2022:  Caseworker, Liverpool Local MP’s Office
  • 2019-2022: Training and workshop delivery, policy briefing on behalf of Cooperative Alternatives
  • 2019 & 2022: Demonstrator (Belfast Fieldclass), University of Liverpool
  • 2015-2017: Advice and Project Specialist, Liverpool John Moores University Students’ Union, Liverpool
  • 2012-2015: Research Officer, Trademark Belfast


  • 2017-2022: PhD in Geography, “The political economy of post-conflict Northern Ireland: The contribution of worker cooperatives”, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2006-2011: Master’s Degree in International Aid and Crisis Management, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse, France

Last updated on: 14 Sep 2022

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See detailCo-operatives in Northern Ireland: Resisting the Neoliberal Peace
Perrin, Eleonore

in Journal of Co-operative Studies (2021), 54(1), 49-52

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See detailSaving jobs, promoting democracy: worker co-operatives
Nolan, Stephen; Perrin, Eleonore; Gorman, Tomas

in Irish Journal of Sociology (2013), 21(2), 103-115

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