Management Practice Professor of Social Innovation
Director of the Master of Studies in Social Innovation Programme
Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation
Professorial Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College
BA (Bradford University), PG Cert (Anglia Ruskin University), MSt (University of Cambridge), DProf (Middlesex University)
My research interests include social innovation, social purpose organisations and the practice of social organising.
I was previously Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust, delivering community and property development and social enterprises in the UK. I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a Fellow in Clayton State University’s Center for Social Innovation & Sustainable Entrepreneurship, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University, Newfoundland.
I’m part of the Organisational Theory and Information Systems subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School, which is engaged with cross-disciplinary themes, such as leadership.
News and insights
A new prize at Lucy Cavendish College named after Cambridge Judge faculty member Neil Stott, the Stott Alternative Futures Prize, awards speculative fiction that reimagines a better tomorrow.
In this special insight article, we look at some of the work done at Cambridge Judge to highlight issues affecting the marginalised and point a way forward to solving them, and we also talk to some of those involved in these important initiatives.
Businesses need to back up their 'exciting' narratives on sustainability with clear implementation, says a new Handbook on the Business of Sustainability co-authored by faculty and others at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Varsity | 1 October 2021
Selene Biffi, a current student Masters in Social Innovation student at Cambridge Judge Business School, tells how she helped her former escape Afghanistan as the Taliban took over. “Distressed is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about those moments”, Selene says. “However, I refused to give in and watch things unfold from a distance, and instead leveraged the feelings I had to look for options to help.”
A new study from Cambridge Judge Business School examines how Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) housing associations in England developed and evolved since the 1948 “Windrush generation”. The study co-authored by Dr Neil Stott and Michelle Darlington from the Centre for Social Innovation focuses on a largely neglected topic: racialised interactions at an organisational level. “The study aims to address the fact that racialised groups have been largely invisible in the organisational literature. We encourage more extensive empirical research on forgotten activism to overcome the daily grind of racism, including the history of individual associations and their communities,” Dr Stott says.
Two people from Memorial University in Newfoundland are named fellows of social innovation at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge. Dr Natalie Slawinski, Associate Professor of Strategy at the Faculty of Business Administration, has been named a research fellow, and Nicole Helwig, Manager, Centre for Social Enterprise, has been named a practitioner fellow. The fellowship came about after Dr Neil Stott and Professor Paul Tracey visited Memorial’s Centre for Social Enterprise in 2017. “We do things slightly different in our centre,” Dr Stott said of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. “It’s about helping each other — mutual reinforcement and mutual learning — and building a community around social innovation.”