Rory Ridley-Duff

Individual researcher

Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship

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

Rory was appointed Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School in 2013 after six years as a Senior Lecturer. In 2018, he became Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship through his pioneering work on the FairShares Institute for Co-operative Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Hallam University. He serves on the board of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies and as an Editorial Board member of both the Social Enterprise Journal and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. He is one of four guest editors for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) on critical perspectives on social enterprise.

In 2015, he co-chaired a stream at the EMES Social Enterprise Conference (Social Enterprise Education) then became a faculty member providing feedback to doctoral students on the EMES Social Enterprise Doctoral Summer School. In 2017, he led Sheffield Hallam University’s successful application for Institutional Membership of EMES and has been announced as co-chair for the EMES 2019 International Conference. He has also (co-)chaired streams at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (Social, Ethical and Sustainable Enterprise, with Mike Bull) and International Social Innovation Research Conference (Social Co-operatives and the Solidarity Economy).

From 2014 – 2017, he chaired Sheffield Business School’s PRME group, organising conferences in 2016 and 2017 to highlight research and teaching materials available to support the PRME initiative. From 2018, he will be route-leader of the MBA Co-operative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School, co-delivered with the Co-operative College (Manchester) and Co-operative Management Education Programme (St Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada).

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, Management Committee Member of EMPOWER-SE (and Leader of its Education and Dissemination Work Group).

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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