Dr. Rory Ridley-Duff is an Emeritus Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School and a research leader in the Department of Management.
His work has led to an expansion of interest in social enterprise education worldwide, and his key text Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice is a resource for degree courses all over the world. His research on multi-stakeholder governance in the social economy has been recognised for its real-world impact and informed the creation of a network of academics, consultants and social entrepreneurs who advance a FairShares Model of co-operative social enterprise (see FairShares Association Ltd).
His current projects include a Horizon 20/20 project (“NEMESIS”) on social innovation education in schools; an Erasmus+ project (“FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation”) focused on developing FairShares incubators in Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Holland and the UK; and a COST Action (“EMPOWER-SE”), which is investing heavily in the next generation of social enterprise scholars. Rory has an extensive list of publications on social enterprise, industrial relations and corporate governance, and he has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Indonesia, Montenegro, Croatia and France.