Professor Rory Ridley-Duff began working life as a director of the worker co-operative Computercraft Ltd.
After 12 years, he developed a research interest in the way democratic relations develop when alternative approaches to social entrepreneurship and cooperative governance are practised. He is now Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship within the FairShares Institute at Sheffield Business School. In addition to lead authorship of Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice, he catalysed a new sub-field with the publication of The Case for FairShares (see www.fairshares.coop, www.fsi.coop and www.fairsharesplatform.eu).
His research on workplace democracy, social enterprise and the FairShares Model has been published in: Human Relations; Corporate Governance: An International Review; Industrial Relations Journal; Journal of Business Ethics; European Sport Management Quarterly; Public Management Review; International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research; Action Research Journal; Social Enterprise Journal; Japanese Journal of Human Welfare Studies and the Journal of Co-operative Studies. He has received best paper awards from Emerald Publishing, the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the International Social Innovation Research Conference.
His academic leadership roles include: Associate Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship; Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Social Enterprise Journal; Trustee of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies; Group leader for Education and Dissemination, EMPOWER-SE COST Action coordinated by the EMES International Research Network. He remains connected to practice through directorships at Social Enterprise International Ltd, FairShares Association Ltd and SEi (FairShares) Ltd.