I am a social science researcher and critical theorist with a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University (Toronto, Canada). My dissertation, Taking Destiny Into Their Own Hands: Autogestión and Cooperation in Argentina’s Worker-Recuperated Enterprises, was defended “with distinction” and “without revisions” in 2012. For all of 2012 and for part of 2013, I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) at the University of Trento, in Trento, Italy. I am also a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the International Secretariat for Human Development (ISHD) (both also at York University), an associate member of the Applied Communication Laboratory (ACTLab) at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication, a co-organizer and member of the Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (TSCI), and serve on the board of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC).

Son of Italian immigrants, I was born in Quilmes, Argentina, grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and call Toronto, Canada my home-base. For most of 2012 I lived in beautiful Trento, Italy with my partner and son. In 2011 I was living, writing, and researching in another fabulous part of the world, Villa de Leyva, Colombia.

I have an interdisciplinary background in social science research, critical theory, phenomenological sociology, political economy, and communication studies. I research, teach, and lecture on theories and practices of alternative economic arrangements and the social and solidarity economy; the sociology and philosophy of work and labour; worker cooperatives and other forms of labour-managed firms; working class movements; workers’ subjectivity formation and radicalizations; workplace learning; the political economy of Argentina and Latin America; philosophy of technology; historical materialism; the Frankfurt School and critical theoretical critiques of modernity; community-led development and critical development studies; communication and media theory; and qualitative research methods.

Most broadly, I am interested in the prefigurative possibilities for alternative economic arrangements, the socio-political and socio-technological spheres within which alternative economies beyond capitalism emerge, and how workers can and do transform from managed employees to self-managed associates (socios). Since 2005, I have also been actively involved in helping develop researcher and practitioner linkages between cooperative and social economy experiences in Canada and Latin America, especially between Canada and Argentina and, increasingly, Canada and Cuba. More recently, as part of my post-doctoral work, I have been developing a multidisciplinary, cross-national, and qualitative and quantitative research agenda that explores the socio-economic contexts for and the organizational characteristics of the conversion of proprietary investor-owned companies into labour-managed firms, by and for workers. Currently in its first phases, this research is particularly focusing in on Italy, other Southern European countries, Argentina, and other Latin American settings. Eventually, the network will look at conversions in other national contexts.


To find out more about my current research interests, recent publications, and other scholarly and community-organizing activities, go here.

To access or download some of my writings, go here.

For a lecture on Argentina’s empresas recuperadas (worker-recuperated enterprises) that I delivered with Graciela Monteagudo at Hobarts and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York in Sept. 2009, go here.

For my CV and a complete list of my publications, research activities, conferences attended and co-organized, academic service, teaching, and job history, please contact me at :: marcelo [at] vieta [dot] ca or marcelo [dot] vieta [at] euricse [dot] eu



areas of interest ::

sociology of work and labour, the social economy, alternative economic arrangements, theories and practices of autogestión (self-management), workplace learning, critical development studies, critical theory, philosophy of technology, communication and media theory, phenomenological sociology, qualitative research methods, political economy, historical materialism, the newest social movements

latest publications ::

Vieta, M. (2013). Recuperating a workspace, creating a community place: The story of Cooperativa Chilavert Artes Gráficas. Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy, issue 4 (forthcoming).

Vieta, M. (2012). From managed employees to self-managed workers: The transformations of labour at Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises. In M. Atzeni (Ed.), Alternative Work Organisations (pp. 129-156). Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vieta, M. (2012, Jul. 18). Cuba’s coming co-operative economy? In The Bullet, no. 667 | In ZNet.

Vieta, M. (2012, Jul. 23). Cuba: In arrivo l’economia cooperativa. In ZNet Italy,

Ralon, L. & Vieta, M. (2012). McLuhan and phenomenology. Explorations in Media Ecology, volume 10, issues 3-4, pp. 181-201.

Vieta, M., Larrabure, M., & Schugurensky, D. (2012). Social businesses in 21st century Latin America: The cases of Argentina and Venezuela. In L. Mook, J. Quarter, & S. Sherida (Eds.), Businesses with a Difference: Balancing the Social and the Economic (pp. 113-155). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

Larrabure, M, Vieta, M., & Schugurensky, D. (2011). Social movement learning and the ‘new cooperativism’ in Latin America: The cases of worker-recuperated enterprises and socialist production units. Studies in the Education of Adults (issue on social movement learning), volume 43, issue 2, pp. 181-196.

The journal issue I guest edited: “The New Cooperativism,” volume 3, issue 1 of Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action (2010)


contact ::

email :: marcelo [at] vieta [dot] ca

email :: marcelo [dot] vieta [at] euricse [dot] eu

skype :: marcelovieta

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