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Caroline Shenaz Hossein


Associate Professor

Phone: 647-601-4688
Location: HL 432


Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein is Associate Professor of Global Development at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is Founder of Diverse Solidarity Economies (DiSE) Collective pushing for equitable economies. She holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2018-2023) for her project on “Social Innovations” and her project “African origins in the Social Economy” was funded by the SSHRC (2017-2020). She is the 2022 Postgrowth Fellow alongside global activists and changemakers fighting for new inclusive economies. In 2021, she delivered the Big Thinking Lecture for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, “Canada’s hidden cooperative system.” Dr. Hossein is an elected board member to the International Association of Feminist Economics, academic advisor at Oxford University Press, board member on Kerala University’s Journal of Polity & Society, and an editorial board member to the U.N. Task Force for the Social and Solidarity Economy. She is the author of the multi award-winning Politicized microfinance (2016), co-author to Critical Introduction to Business and Society (2017) and editor of The Black Social Economy (2018), as well as numerous 13 book chapters and 24 peer reviewed articles, and her co-edited book Community Economies in the Global South by Oxford University Press will be out next year. You can find more about her work at:

What many people do not know is that she is the first in her family to go to university and that she loves to help first-gen university students navigate this space. She holds a PhD in Political Science & Gender from the University of Toronto; MPA from Cornell University; LL.B from the University of Kent, and a BA from Saint Mary's University (Halifax). She has held visiting professorships at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia and Jadavpur University, India. She has also held a U.S Fulbright Scholarship at the University of the West Indies, Mona and has given key lectures in a few countries, US, Jamaica, Norway, Sweden, India, and Thailand to name a few. Prior to her academic career, she worked in global non-profits and consulted for UNDP, The World Bank Group, USAID, and other international NGOs for 16 years, including managing a West African village bank in Niger, West Africa. Follow her on Twitter @carolinehossein


The Banker Ladies (2021), directed by Haitian-Canadian film maker, Esery Mondesir, open-access and hosted by Films for Action:

Podcast “Banker Ladies and the social economy, Frontiers of Commoning by David Bollier:

Two open-access academic articles:

  1. C. Hossein 2020, “Racialized People, Women and Social Enterprises: Politicized economic solidarity.” Feminist Economics.
  2. C. Hossein 2019. “A Black Epistemology for the Social and Solidarity Economy: The Black Social Economy.” Review of Black Political Economy.