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Rory Ridley Duff

Dr Rory Ridley-Duff

Reader In Co-Operative And Social Enterprise


Dr Rory Ridley-Duff is Professor of Cooperative Social Entrerpreneurship at Sheffield Business School and a research leader in the Departmen of Management. His work has led to an expansion of interest in social enterprise education worldwide, and his key text Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice is a resource for degree courses all over the world. In addition to an extensive list of publications on social enterprise, industrial relations and corporate governance, he has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Indonesia, Montenegro, Croatia and France. His current projects include a Horizon 20/20 project ("NEMESIS") on social innovation education in schools, an Erasmus+ project ("FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation") developing FairShares incubators in Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Holland and the UK, a COST Action ("EMPOWER-SE") which is investing heavily in the next generation of social enterprise scholars.

His research on multi-stakeholder governance in the social economy has been recognised for its real-world impact and informed the creation of a network of academics, consultants and social entrepreneurship who advance a FairShares Model of co-operative social enterprise (see FairShares Association Ltd).  A company formed in 2015 will "protect, develop and promote the FairShares Model for use by associations, companies, co-operatives, consultants and educators".  

He is a board member of:

UK Society for Co-operative Studies

Social Enterprise International Ltd

FairShares Association Ltd

Co-operatives and Social Enterprise Support Ltd

He is also a member / fellow of: 

The EMES Research Network (Institutional Member)

Co-operative College (Member)

RSA (Fellow)

Higher Education Authority (Fellow)

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