Dr Pathik Pathak BA MA PhD (Warwick)
Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Director, University Social Entrepreneurship Programme
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Dr Pathik Pathak is Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.
From the Curriculum Innovation module Social Enterprise to our International Social Innovation Challenge, my aim is to foster “borderless” leadership skills among our students: blending entrepreneurship, innovation and problem-solving skillsets.
I am currently Faculty Director of Social Enterprise and Founding Director of the Social Impact Lab.
I am passionate about innovation in higher education, and I produced the Spark India social enterprise camp in collaboration with IIM-Ahmedabad, which was a finalist in the Guardian Higher Education Awards (2015). I also convene the Curriculum Innovation Module Social Enterprise, the first pan-university module in social entrepreneurship available in the UK.
As Founding Director of the Social Impact Lab I lead the university’s international work on social entrepreneurship. This includes consultancy for universities, governments and corporate business on social entrepreneurship and leadership as well as collaborative programmes such as the International Social Innovation Challenge Series and training courses.
My current research is a cross-cultural exploration of social entrepreneurship and discourses of employability in global higher education. I am interested in the motivations behind the growth of social entrepreneurship among young people, how universities are responding, and what this says both about the graduate labour market and skills futures.
As a result of my work in social entrepreneurship education, I have been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samann in 2015 for outstanding contributions to education.