Publications and Research

In furtherance of UCELC's mission to promote ecological, social, and economic sustainability within low and moderate income communities, this page showcases the original work of UCELC's members and directors on issues relating to cooperative enterprises, sustainable economies, social entrepreneurship, and community development.

"Community Planning, Sharing Law, and the Creation of Intentional Communities: Promoting Alternative Economies and Economic Self-Suffiency Among Low-Income Communities" (Fall 2015) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A law review article published in the Southwestern Law Review that serves as UCELC's blueprint, provides a critical analysis of the political-economic system, and offers an alternative through the development of cooperative enterprises.

"Prisoner's Dilemma: An Introduction" (June 2016) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A blog article published in the Next Legal Network, introducing prison cooperatives and UCELC's Prison Industrial Complex & Recidivism Campaign.

"Prisoner's Dilemma: Cooperation is Key" (June 2016) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A blog article published in the Next Legal Network, anticipating the challenges of creating prison cooperatives and UCELC's strategy to overcome those challenges in furtherance of its Prison Industrial Complex & Recidivism Campaign.

"Prisoner's Dilemma: Legal Reform" (June 2016) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A blog article published in the Next Legal Network, highlighting the necessary legal and policy reforms for starting a prison cooperative, with a particular emphasis on the State of New Jersey.

"Food for Thought: Part I" (October 2016) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A blog article published in the Next Legal Network, telling the origins of UCELC's Urban Agricultural Campaign through a tale of Newark's Adopt-a-Lot program. 

"Food for Thought: Part II" (October 2016) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A blog article published in the Next Legal Network, describing the origins and inspiration of UCELC's Cooperative Academy . 

"Food for Thought: Part III" (October 2016) by Elizabeth L. Carter, Founder and President. A blog article published in the Next Legal Network, explaining UCELC's Cooperative Academy model.