Dr. Tim Curtis

Associate Professor in Social Innovation

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I am an internationally renowned academic and practitioner in the field of social & environmental innovation & entrepreneurship, whose 25 year career experience has been dedicated to helping people, communities,  and organisations make decisions in complex and confusing situations. I am also adept at getting decisions made when I'm not in charge.  I have worked in environmental decision-making, in policy and law and in community development, for governments, major companies and community associations. Now, working at the University of Northampton, my focus is on the nitty-gritty theory and practice of community organising and social innovation. I have taught Entrepreneurship, International Development and Social & Community Development students how to make decisions in and with communities, but also coach and undertake paid and pro-bono consulting work for third-sector organisations, most recently co-founding Intensive Engagement, a social change organisation working on neighbourhood policing.
I am also Changemaker Campus leader at the University of Northampton who have adopted my skill set as a major institutional strategy. I have led on high profile co-curriculum challenges, summer schools and international conferences on social innovation. My PhD thesis "Locally Identified Solutions and Practices: a critical realist investigation into the processes of social innovation in the context of neighbourhood policing" was defended in July 2020 and awarded in July 2020. I was made Associate Professor of Social Innovation in June 2022.

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

Senior Lecturer, MA Social Innovation, Ravensbourne University

13 Apr 202230 Sep 2022

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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