Tim Curtis


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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


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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entrepreneurship Social Sciences
innovation Social Sciences
staff Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
Social enterprise Business & Economics
Social entrepreneurship Business & Economics

Research Output 2008 2015

The Changemaker Handbook

Curtis, T. P., Burke, L. & Lance, J., 9 Mar 2015, Northampton, UK: The University of Northampton. 102 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesBookResearch


Locally Identified Solutions and Practices: a guide to Intensive Community Engagement. The University of Northampton: Northampton

Curtis, T. P. & Bowkett, A., 1 Oct 2014, 14 ed. Northampton: The University of Northampton. 65 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesGuide or ManualResearch


Institutional entrepreneurship in the Ethiopian coffee industry

Curtis, T. & Nalbandian, R., 6 Jul 2012, In : International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 1, 3, p. 281-294 14 p., 3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Institutional entrepreneurship

It's a Rough Trade: a longitudinal study of changing ethics

Curtis, T., 1 Jan 2012.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesPaperResearch

Open Access

Activities 2013 2030

  • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 1 Invited talk

The theology of wellbeing: the Jesus Prayer and mindfulness in ancient Christian tradition

Tim Curtis (Speaker)
30 Nov 2030

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

C@N-DO: Inspiring Positive Change in Learning and Teaching at Northampton

Tim Curtis (Participant), Wray Irwin (Participant), Sue Allen (Participant)
5 Dec 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch