Rory Ridley-Duff

Individual researcher

Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise

Author: Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (Sage Publications)
Winner: Emerald Outstanding Paper Award 2011, Social Enterprise Journal
Winner: ISBE Best Knowledge Exchange/Research Paper, The Social Enterprise Mark

Dr Rory Ridley-Duff was a co-founder of Social Enterprise London in 1998, and established his credentials as a co-operative and social enterprise researcher after winning a Hallam PhD Studentship in 2002.  He is now Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School, and the leader for its MBA Co-operative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship course.  He is currently supervising seven PhD/DBA students on social economy research, and has won research awards for from Emerald (“Conceptualising ethical capital in social enterprise”, co-authored with Mike Bull, Doug Foster and Pam Seanor) and the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (“The Social Enterprise Mark: a critical review of its conceptual dimension”, co-authored with Cliff Southcombe, MD Social Enterprise International).

To advance research, he is now an editorial board member of the Social Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, board member the UK Society for Co-operative Studies and Management Committee member of EMPOWER-SE.

To advance practice, he is a board member of Social Enterprise International Ltd and a co-founder of the FairShares Association.  He has twice been an UnLtd Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.

He led a 3-year project at Sheffield Business School to embed Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) in all course delivery, research activity and professional development. This led to the formation of the FairShares Institute for Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship ( in 2017.

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