KED Research Cooperative is an ambitious co-operative which aims to collect socio-economic data in Kurdistan, assemble inventories and become a place for academic collaboration. The co-op is considered a first in many ways. ‘KED’ means labour in Kurdish.
The co-op planned to begin activities in 2016 with a board meeting, but it is unclear whether the co-op then formed.
The constitution of the research committee requires its members to be university graduates, yet a representative from KED stated that their most important principle is to break the hierarchy of age and knowledge that can be observed in the academic community. KED has also been discussed within the framework of an academy or institute.