Dr Rory Ridley-Duff

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Rory worked for 12 years as a director of a workers’ co-operative before building his academic career at Sheffield Hallam University through a PhD study of co-operative social enterprises. He has been a faculty member since 2003 with a research focus on the development of democratic relations in informal and formal organisations. With a strong interest in the impact of workplace democracy on corporate governance, he has maintained a connection to practice through directorships with Social Enterprise Europe Ltd and FairShares Association Ltd. He is the academic lead for PRME and a new MBA in Co-operative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School.

Academic leadership

Rory was appointed Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 after six years as a Senior Lecturer. He now serves on the board of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Journal. He is also one of four guest editors for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) examining critical perspectives on social enterprise. In 2016, he became faculty for the EMES Social Enterprise Doctoral Summer School and (co-)chaired streams at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (Social, Ethical and Sustainable Enterprise) and International Social Innovation Research Conference (Social Co-operatives and the Solidarity Economy). He also coordinated Sheffield Business School’s first PRME event on research, teaching and partnership working.

Personal Interests

An accomplished composer, Rory has released four albums of original music. Two are solo albums, while the others contain music written for the art rock band Protos.  All of Rory's music is published on CD Baby, ensuring availability from digital stores like iTunes, Amazon and Napster.  In February 2007, Rory reached #1 in the SoundClick 'Hottest Bands' chart.  For more information, see his music page.

Contacting Rory

You can contact Rory on roryridleyduff@gmail.com.