Tuesday 12 July 2016 -
13:30 to 15:30

British Council is pleased to invite you to attend a special public lecture on "Social Enterprise and Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges" by Dr Richard Hull FHEA, Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship, Programme Director, MA Social Entrepreneurship, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London. After the public lecture, Dr. Richard will give a short introduction to the Social Entrepreneurship (SE) course, career path, and how to apply the course. Furthermore, Dr Richard is happy to talk with you on potential opportunities for organisations and universities to develop collaborative projects on social entrepreneurship with Goldsmiths. The public lecture is a part of the Thai-UK University Social Enterprise Curriculum Development "Buddy" Programme of the British Council.

About the topic:

Social enterprise is often hailed as a key to sustainable development because it combines financial independence with social and/or environmental improvement. Individual social entrepreneurs can apply new innovative approaches to seemingly intractable problems and groups of people collaborating can crowdshare their experience and know-how to develop community-based resilient solutions.

There are, however, some significant challenges, such as the attraction to tame problems and quick-win solutions fostered by short-termism from funders. This lecture will outline these key opportunities and challenges drawing on a wide range of examples and approaches.

About the Speaker:

After nearly 20 years researching and teaching in UK Business Schools Dr. Richard left academic life in 2011 for voluntary community development work. He was lured back into academe in 2014 by the prospect of taking over the reins running the excellent Masters Programme in Social Entrepreneurship. Goldsmiths is famous world-wide for its creativity and innovativeness and He is pleased to see this reflected within the programme.

Dr Richard is an accomplished academic researcher with a rigorous cross-disciplinary approach. This is based firstly on practical experience with Third Sector organisations complemented by expertise in organisational development. This draws upon his expertise in Innovation Studies which provides analytical tools drawing on economics, history, political economy, social theory and sociology. Since 2007 his research has focussed on practical involvement with the Third Sector – especially social enterprises – and community development. He previously worked at Newcastle University Business School, Manchester Business School, Brunel University and the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology.

Dr. Richard has over 50 publications including a paper reprinted in two different international reference collections. He was the Founding Series Editor of Dialogues in Critical Management Studies and co-editor of the collections The Third Sector (Emerald, 2011), Managing Knowledge: Critical Investigations of Work and Learning (Macmillan, 2000), and Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service Economy (Edward Elgar, 2000).

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