Dr Pathik Pathak

Higher education heretic, social innovation junkie, Arsenal saddo.


Pathik talking

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.

3 comments on “About

  1. Paul Chi
    September 23, 2013

    research project: the diffusion of low-tech social innovation (including faith-based social innovation).
    I’m interested in this subject. Indeed, I am (with Indian partners) attempting to participate in that particular movement. We are looking for help / input.

    • Pathik Pathak
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks for your comments Paul. What kind of work are you doing around low-tech social innovation in India?
      I’d be interested to know more and see where I could add value.

  2. Prof Harish Chaudhary
    November 21, 2015

    Dear Mr Pathak,
    We at Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi,India) have started a project “SoIL:Social Innovation Leadership” program to create awareness among management graduates to think for the the society at the “Bottom of Pyramid” and enhance their skills to develop social innovation(s) in India.

    we are also planning to organize a workshop to discuss the Role of Higher Education for the Development of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in India in February ,2016.

    we would like to have your views on our project.


    Harish Chaudhary

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