Dr Rory Ridley-Duff

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Career in Higher Education

Scholarly activities

Rory has authored over 40 journal and conference papers, four books and two novels. In 2015, his third book - The Case for FairShares - articulated findings from a decade of action research at Sheffield Business School to support social economy development. This book helped to win an Erasmus+ grant (FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation, 2017 – 2019). Rory is now developing a methodology for establishing FairShares Labs that will be piloted by six organisations in five EU countries. In 2016, he published his fourth book - the second edition of Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (co-authored with Dr Mike Bull). This is recognised across Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania as a seminal text for social enterprise studies at all levels. He has peer-reviewed papers for 19 journals (12 ABS ranked) and four international conferences (EMES, ICA, ISBE and ISIRC[1]). In addition, he has reviewed grant applications for research councils and books for academic publishers and journals. He has supervised four doctoral students to completion and is Director of Studies for a further eight programmes of research.

Research outputs

His research has been published in ABS ranked journals at all levels as well as top social enterprise and co-operative studies journals including: Human Relations (4*); Corporate Governance: An International Review (3*); Industrial Relations Journal (3*); International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (2*); Social Enterprise Journal (1*) and Journal of Cooperative Studies. In 2011, he received best paper awards from Emerald Publishing (2011) and the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2011). In 2015, his educational research was recognised by the International Social Innovation Research Conference (2015). Twice returned by Sheffield Hallam University for research excellence (RAE 2008[2] and REF 2014[3]), his research with Dr Tracey Coule underpinned an impact case on ‘Democratising Charities, Co‑operatives and Social Enterprises’.  Rory’s work is downloaded from SHURA[4] more often than any other academic working at Sheffield Business School.

For full details of Rory's academic career development, visit his new website at: http://www.roryridleyduff.info

[1] European Social Enterprise Conference (EMES)

International Co-operative Alliance Research Conference / Co-operative International Summit (ICA)

Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE)

International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC).

[2] Research Assessment Exercise, conducted by the UK’s four research councils.

[3] Research Excellent Framework, conducted by the UK’s four research councils.

[4] Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive: 47,929 downloads as at 17th December 2016.

Scholarly Papers and Teaching Materials

Rory deposits all his academic works in the Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive (SHURA).

Rory has also deposited further articles and teaching materials in the Scribd Document Repository.