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Tim Curtis is an internationally renowned author on social innovation and entrepreneurship, helps people and organisations make decisions in complex and confusing situations. He is also adept at getting decisions made when he is not in charge. He has worked in environmental decision-making, in policy and law. Now, working at the University of Northampton, his focus is on the nitty-gritty theory and practice of community organising and social innovation. He runs one of the largest face to face social innovation classes in the world, as part of the Foundation Study Framework, teaching across 55 different degree disciplines. He also coaches and undertakes paid and pro-bono consulting work for third-sector organisations. Tim is Changemaker Campus leader at the University of Northampton, having led on a high profile co-curriculum challenge, a summer school and international conference on social innovation to gain the university the coveted AshokaU Changemaker Campus status twice. He is also managing an action research project on community-based social innovation with police forces and community safety partnerships across the UK, which has resulting in material for his PhD, and him co-founding Intensive Engagement Ltd.

He is also an Orthodox Christian parish priest at Saint Anne’s Orthodox parish, Northampton and actively involved in civic society and third sector organisations.

Fellow, Higher Education Academy June 2016

Member of Senate, University of Northampton May 2015 to July 2016

Member of Northampton Business School Student Experience Committee 2015-2016

Holder of the 2014 University Court Award for outstanding contribution to the University

Founding Director and Assistant Professor Department of Lived Theology, Social Work, and Community Development, St Gregory Institute, Universidad Rural de Guatemala.

Unltd/HEFCE Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

Unltd/HEFCE Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Entrepreneurship Awardee

HEI Public Engagement Ambassador

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts

External Examiner, The University of Ulster 2012- present AdvDip Social Enterprise and 2013 -to present AdvDip Civic Leadership and Community Planning

Executive member, The UK Deanery of the Exarchate Archdiocese of Western Europe

Member, Constitutional Reform committee, The UK Deanery of the Exarchate Archdiocese of Western Europe

Member, Pastoral Committee of the Assembly of Orthodox Christian Bishops in the UK

Trustee, St Sunniva's Trust and St Anne's, York


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

External positions

Co-founder, Intensive Engagement Ltd

31 May 2018 → …


  • G Geography (General)
  • social innovation
  • social impact
  • impact evaluation
  • decision science
  • complexity
  • systems analysis
  • soft systems methodology
  • public safety


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