In September 2017 the United Nations launched its first ever impact investing fund - the UNSIF. This talk will explain the detail of the fund, its strategic objectives and how Oxford is playing role in its development.

Speaker - Professor Alex Nicholls

Dr Alex Nicholls is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship within the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: social finance and social impact investing; the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability and governance; public and social policy contexts; and Fair Trade.

As the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004, Alex has helped the Centre develop a global profile in researching and teaching social entrepreneurship. He is also the General Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, the leading academic journal in the field.

Alex has worked extensively on Fair Trade and is one of the foremost scholars in this field, having co-authored numerous works. Especially notable is his major research book, Fair Trade: Market-Driven Ethical Consumption (Sage, 2005), which is the most cited and best-selling academic book on the subject globally. 

Alex’s next project is a comparative research monograph exploring multiple country contexts (including the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Kenya, Brazil and India) in terms of the political processes of social innovation at multiple socio-structural levels and by fields. This research will be presented in a forthcoming book Changing the Rules of the Game: The Politics of Social Innovation, scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Alex is also currently leading a major European Union FP7 funded project: CRESSI. This four-year project brings together scholars from seven countries to examine the economic underpinnings of social innovation in the European Union in terms of its effects on marginalised populations. The project develops a new theoretical framework from economic sociology to analyse a range of aspects of social innovation including impact metrics, finance, social policy and entrepreneurship. The project has already produced a number of papers and will be completed in 2018.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social innovation
  • The nexus of relationships between social accounting, accountability and governance
  • Public and social policy contexts of social innovation
  • Social impact investing
  • Fair Trade

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