About CoSERG

The Cornish Social and Economic Research Group (CoSERG) is an independent research group concerned for the future of Cornwall and the Cornish people. It was founded in 1986 by a group of individuals concerned about the lack of a Cornish perspective in both research and the preparation of important policy documents in Cornwall.

CoSERG’s early activity was related to work undertaken in the context of the structure plan process, which culminating in CoSERG publishing ‘Cornwall at the Crossroads’ in 1988.

This was a major book outlining the issues facing Cornwall.  It took a detailed and holistic look at the recent economic and social history of Cornwall and explained the prevailing policy responses and their shortcomings. The book pointed to the strengths of Cornwall and how its potential could be realised.  Though acclaimed as a significant, groundbreaking report, the impact on policy making was negligible.  Those issues highlighted in 1988 still remain – excessive population growth, unaffordable housing, low earnings, unsustainable development pressures and environmental degradation.  What has changed has been the economic context, with the UK economy enjoying a period of sustained growth and Cornwall acquiring Objective One status, now superseded by Convergence funding.  To some extent this has exacerbated the problems facing Cornwall.What are CoSERG’s aims?

CoSERG’s overall aim is to provide a Cornish perspective on social, economic and political issues.

Within this its key aims are to:

i) undertake research relevant to Cornwall and the Cornish people;

ii) provide information and support to any organisation that shares CoSERG’s concerns;

iii) collate and assess relevant research material;

iv) encourage Cornish graduates and other researchers to engage in research relevant to Cornwall and the Cornish people.



CoSERG allows anyone to provide links to our website. You do not need to ask permission to link to this site. However, any link to our site must not misrepresent what is being linked to, or imply any relationship with CoSERG which does not exist.


You may not use CoSERG pages as part of a frame or in any other way which changes the URL, or represents them as being published by anyone other than CoSERG.


Links to individual pages within the CoSERG Web site are also permissible, provided attribution is made to CoSERG and any descriptive notes accurately reflect the content of the linked page(s)..






CoSERG Linking Policy

CoSERG is not responsible for the content of any external site to which links are provided from this website i.e. you should understand that CoSERG does not control such websites and is not responsible for their contents and inclusion of any organisation name, or link to their website within the CoSERG website should not be construed as an endorsement of that particular organisation, its views, aims, products or services. We cannot guarantee that links to external sites will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages. If there is a problem with any of our external links we would appreciate it if you would inform us by sending an email to the CoSERG Link Manager by clicking HERE






One comment on “About CoSERG

  1. Bridget Neal says:

    We cannot sustain that amount of new housing, Cornwall will end up under concrete.

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