Higher education heretic, social innovation junkie, Arsenal saddo.
Thinker, author, speaker and higher education heretic. I am University Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Southampton and Director of Social Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, where he is also Founding Director of the Social Impact Lab, a social innovation lab and leadership academy. I received my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2006.
I have authored The Future of Multicultural Britain (2008) and articles on multiculturalism, social social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and work futures. I have written both for a diverse range of academic journals and national newspapers and magazines, including such as The Guardian, Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Conversation, India Today, Outlook India and Tehelka. My speaking career has included a book tour of India, contributions on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, appearances on Indian (NDTV) and Vietnamese television (VTV). I am an advisor to the British Council on social entrepreneurship and My research interests are social entrepreneurship and twenty-first century leadership, global work futures and higher education. You can access some of my publications here or here.
I I direct the Social Impact Lab at the University of Southampton. Our mission is simple: to cultivate world-class talent for social impact. We support Founders (those who start new social purpose ventures) Fixers (those who work to enhance social impact in existing organisations) and Finders (those who discover new tools, technologies, models and data for the sector at large).
I am a serial higher education innovator, having launched the UK’s first all-campus Social Enterprise module and designed its first postgraduate ‘pathway’ in social entrepreneurship and undergraduate minor in Social Innovation. I also run the award-winning Spark India social entrepreneurship and leadership bootcamp, which takes place annually in Mumbai.
In recognition of my work I was awarded the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award (2014) and a Times Higher Education Award nomination. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Social of Arts and the Higher Education Academy for my contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship.
When I’m not working you’ll find me hanging upside down, drinking gin, dancing in oddly hypnotic but technically inept ways, eating cheese, throwing blunt objects at the TV whenever Arsenal play, and stealing airline blankets. I also like to nap and compose crude ditties.