Artur Steiner


Universities & Institutions

  • Glasgow Caledonian University

Areas of Interest

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Community development

Artur Steiner is a Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development. He leads the Community Development and Citizenship Participation Research Group at the Yunus Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University.

His research is about community disadvantage and actions to ameliorate isolation and, through co-production and participation, raise resilience and empowerment. Artur’s work is concerned with evidencing how, through social innovation, entities, policies and interventions tackle social inequalities and vulnerability including geographical disadvantage and frailty of specific groups in the society. His research outputs span multiple disciplines, chiefly entrepreneurship, rural development, public policy and health-related social sciences.

Artur’s work is multi-disciplinary and thus it uses a multi-method research approaches. He has participated in a number of national and international projects. Within the last few years, Artur has won a number of competitive grants from multi-agency sources generating nearly £1m in research income. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator the Sustainable Community Shed project funded by the Community Fund. Recently, as a Principle Investigator, he led the evaluation of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) for the Scottish Government along with the assessment of the COOL-Music (Community Orientated Opportunity and Learning) project funded by the European Social Fund. He was one of the research leads on the £1.8m Common Health Project – MRC/ESRC Funded Research on the Role of Social Enterprise as a Public Health Intervention, and one of the main researchers on the £1.5m EU-funded Older People for Older People (O4O) project. Moreover, for a number of years, Artur acted as a Module Leader coordinating one of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme within £1m theme of “Vibrant Rural Communities” reviewing conceptual frameworks and methodologies and evaluating interventions to develop strong, resilient and supportive rural communities. He has also led the Capacity for Change (C4C) LEADER research programme which focused on enhancing resilience of communities that do not engage.

Artur has a rich track record of successfully published academic papers in national and international high quality journals. His research outputs span multiple disciplines, chiefly health-related social sciences, rural development and public policy. Some of his writing received awards for best papers in their field (e.g. the Lewis Institute Award at Babson College, US for the Best Paper Exploring the Significance of Social Entrepreneurship; Best Paper of Rural Enterprise Conference, UK). For more information, please see Artur’s Google Scholar profile.

Currently, Artur is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and a part of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Journal.

Artur acts as a supervisor for a number of PhD students who explore themes of Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship, Rurality, Community Development and Community Empowerment, Community Resilience, Service Co-Production. He has also acted as a PhD examiner on numerous PhD VIVA examination. Currently Artur is a Module Leader for Global Social Entrepreneurship – one of the modules of MSc in Social Innovation.