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Dr Alan Southern

PI Heseltine Institute and Senior Lecturer in the Management School Strategy, IB and Entrepreneurship


Personal Statement

I lead research on the Social Economy with a particular interest in how we can democratise economic decision-making. In my work I argue for greater levels of collectivity in the economy and a wider recognition of social organisations, the value of the public sector working alongside an ethical private sector.

This work involves a broader network of practitioners and academic colleagues in the Liverpool city-region and beyond and I work with similar minded people in the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice and in the Management School.

I have been involved in the development of the Management School since April 2002 when I joined from the University of Durham. In the past I have held various roles and led the development of the Management School online programmes and in 2010 I was appointed as the University Director of e-Learning, acting as the strategic lead for all university online programmes.

I moved back into the Management School in 2014 and my current role covers teaching and research activities focused on the social economy and in particular, enterprise in low income communities, and community assets.