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Rory Ridley-Duff
Last updated: 9/01/2020
Rory Ridley-Duff
Institutional Researcher
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Sheffield Business School
Sheffield Hallam University (City Campus)
South Yorkshire
S11WB  United Kingdom
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+44 (0)7450 948800 (Phone)
  Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship
  Ridley-Duff, R. and Bull, M. (2019) Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition, London: Sage Publications.

Ridley-Duff, R. (2019) ‘Cooperative social entrepreneurship: reflections on a decade embedding cooperative studies in social enterprise courses’, in Woodin, T. and Shaw, L. (eds) Learning for a Co-operative World: Education, social change and the Co-operative College, London: Trentham Books, pp. 134-153.

Ridley-Duff, R. and Bull, M. (2019) "Solidarity cooperatives: the (hidden) origins of communitarian pluralism in the UK social enterprise movement", Social Enterprise Journal, 15(2): 243-63,

Bull, M. and Ridley-Duff, R. (2018). "Towards an appreciation of ethics in social enterprise business models", Journal of Business Ethics, 159(3): 619-32, DOI:

Ridley-Duff, R. (2018). “The internationalisation of FairShares: where agency meets structure in US and UK company law”, in Boeger, N. and Villiers, C. (eds), Shaping the Corporate Landscape, Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 309-332.
  In 2020, I will start work on a book called 'The Road to New Co-operativism: the FairShares Model as a praxis for cooperative social entrepreneurship'.
Personal Information
  Dr Rory Ridley-Duff is Professor of Co-operative Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Hallam University. He worked for 12 years as a director of the workers’ co-operative Computercraft Ltd before building his academic career through a PhD study of co-operative social enterprise, and a series of publications on co-operative approaches to social enterprise development. He has taught co-operative social enterprise at Sheffield Hallam since 2003, and pursued a research programme that led to publication of the FairShares Model in 2013.

In 2015, he co-founded the FairShares Association Ltd then took a role as academic lead in the EU Eramus+ FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation (2016 - 2019). In 2017, he became a workgroup leader for the EMPOWER-SE project managed by the EMES International Research Network during which he developed the work of the FairShares Institute for Co-operative Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School. As co-chair of the 7th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, he cemented his status as a research leader on learning/organising processes in solidarity cooperatives, and innovations in co-operative governance and entrepreneurship within the social solidarity economy.

Rory has maintained connections to practice through numerous directorships, notably at Social Enterprise International Ltd (2012 - 2019) and the FairShares Association Ltd (2013 - present). His research has led to significant impacts on the field, particularly the adoption of the FairShares Model by social entrepreneurs interested in building a global eco-system for co-operative social entrepreneurship aligned with UN 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In 2020, Rory will start writing a new book reflecting on the 3-year project to create FairShares Labs and continue prioritising support for the following FairShares enterprises: Evolutesix, VME Co-op, LocoSoco Group plc, Co-operative Exchange and the FairShares Association.