THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON
UN will be responsible for WP4 – Understanding the stakeholder perspectives and advices to stakeholders as well as performing the activities foreseen in all WPs
Chris Durkin is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Northampton and Head of the Northampton Institute of Urban Affairs. He is part of the senior management group of the School of Social Sciences and also international academic lead in the school. Chris is course leader for a new M.A. Social Innovation which focuses on social venture building. Chris has research interests in social enterprises, social entrepreneurship, social care, social innovation and community development. He co edited a book on Social Entrepreneurship (Robert Gunn and Chris Durkin (Eds.) (2010) Social Entrepreneurship: A skills approach. Bristol, Policy Press). He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a registered social worker and has worked for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and before that for the Probation service. Chris joined the University in 2002, working first as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Leader for Social Welfare.
Dr Richard Hazenberg is a Principal Researcher and Research Leader of the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact at the University of Northampton. Since joining the University of Northampton in 2009, Richard has completed a PhD that explored the evaluation of outcome benefits in social enterprises in the work-integration sector. He also has research interests in the areas of social innovation, social finance, social enterprise governance and social impact measurement. He has published research in international, peer-reviewed academic journals and has also presented research papers at conferences in Europe, Asia and America. Richard also contributed a book chapter to the Routledge book ‘Social enterprise: Accountability & evaluation around the world’, which explored international perspectives of social enterprise. He is currently supervising three research students in the field of social entrepreneurship, and is one of the University of Northampton’s leading academic researchers in the field of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social impact.
Dr Meanu Bajwa-Patel has been a Researcher in the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) at the University of Northampton since 2014. She is currently engaged with a range of projects, both national and European, looking at social impact and social enterprise. Meanu has taught trainee teachers and modules on an MA in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion. She is a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and has recently contributed to their alternative policy manifesto: Respecting Children and Young People with an article on school placement choices for young people in England: ‘Nowhere that fits: the realities of schooling for families of children with SEN’. Her research interests include education and disadvantaged young people, pupil premium, SEN and inclusion, social impact and innovation, gender and equality and research methods.
Dr Martin Field is Senior Researcher with the Institute for Urban Affairs / Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment at the University of Northampton. He is one of the team tutors on MA and MSc courses, and is to supervise a new PhD study relating to housing retrofit issues. He joined the University in 2011 following senior positions in the local authority sector covering housing strategy, management and new-build development roles; development posts with regional housing associations and with the third sector; plus regional positions with East Midlands Development Agency and on secondment to the Homes & Community Agency and the Housing Corporation. He has a long-term commitment to housing and neighbourhood well-being being led from the grassroots up – the subject of his PhD – informed by a range of practical experience from work and other engagements with community enterprise groups, and a range of community-led housing initiatives. His recent papers, publications and two books have focused upon the dynamics of contemporary house-building, and on the problems of the UK housing market. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Housing Studies Association, and a Board Member of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing.
Dr Saneeya Qureshi is a Researcher in the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) at the University of Northampton. She has over 14 years of experience in primary, secondary and higher education institutions in the UK, Kenya and Pakistan. She is currently involved in investigating the social impact and social enterprise of a range of national and European projects. Saneeya’s PhD studies examined the impact of school professionals who support children with special educational needs. She teaches on the BA Learning and Teaching, the BA (Hons) SEN and Inclusion and the MA in Education, Management and Leadership courses. Her research interests include issues around inclusive education, educational management, research methods, social innovation and social impact. She was awarded one of the 20 Promising Emerging Researchers Awards for 2014/2015 by the European Educational Research Association (EERA).