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A bottom-up approach to develop teaching and research on social enterprise and social innovation

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 10:00 to 16:00
The Library Building, Seminar Room 6, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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This workshop is open to invited attendees only.

About this event

This interactive one-day workshop presents the opportunity to share knowledge and practices about teaching and research on social enterprise (SE) and social innovation (SI) between researchers based at The Open University and the University of Northampton, and among stakeholders involved in social enterprises, third sector organisations, and public sector organisations.

The workshop will consist of presentations and group work sessions for developing useful insights related to different teaching, research and building future funding bids about social enterprise/social innovation. 

View the workshop programme

In this event, we will be joined by academics from the two Universities and practitioners.

Our distinguished speakers include:

Professor Richard Blundel

Professor Blundel is a Professor of Enterprise and Organisation at The Open University, UK. He is an organisational researcher with a particular interest in the links between entrepreneurial activity, innovation and environmental sustainability. His recent projects include developing new Open University undergraduate and MBA modules in innovation and enterprise, co-leading 'Growing Greener', an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account project related to sustainable growth and reducing carbon emissions (2017-19).

Professor Richard Hazenberg

Professor Hazenberg is a Professor of Social Innovation and the Director/Research Leader of the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact at the University of Northampton, UK. Professor Hazenberg research interests is in the areas of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, social finance, public service innovation, social ecosystems and social impact measurement.

Dr Daniel Haslam

Dr Haslam is a Lecturer in Management at The Open University and is associated with The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL). His research focuses on the voluntary sector, particularly on how the sector works in collaboration with other organisations. Prior to joining academia, he worked in the voluntary sector for several years in a variety of different roles spanning individual support, project delivery, policy development, and trusteeship.

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo is a Lecturer in Work Based Learning at the Department for Public Leadership & Social Enterprise in The Open University, UK. Fidèle has worked in various capacities in the voluntary sector for over two decades. His experience includes working in community development (Rwanda); emergency and relief (Democratic Republic of Congo); immigration, migrants’ integration, advocacy and equality, diversity and inclusion - (Ireland).

Nichola McAvoy

Nichola is an Account Manager at Social Enterprise UK (SEUK). She leads the built environment corporate, housing association and university networks at SEUK. Nichola first became excited about social enterprise when she discovered the model at university. After graduating, Nichola spent a few years in the private / tech sector, with the ambition to bring back what she would learn to the social enterprise sector. During this time, she worked with major global brands on cybersecurity and CRM projects. In 2018, Nichola launched a tech social enterprise: an online community for people living with the hair loss condition alopecia, a condition she has had since a young age.

Jay Baughan

Jay is the founder of PluggIn. He is also a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Northampton, UK. Since 2008, Jay has been operating across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, establishing a social impact ecosystem whilst forging collaborative alliances & partnerships at government levels right-into communities. He has actively connected public, private and third sectors into transforming how countries tackle the societal devastation of emotional insecurity and un-managed anxiety. Before all of this, Jay spent 20 years in blue chip corporations leading solutions designed at the forefront of Europe's fast evolving e-commerce and home delivery arenas.