Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political Science
(023) 8059 2578

Dr Pathik Pathak BA MA PhD (Warwick)

Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Director, Social Impact Lab, Director of Social Enterprise

Dr Pathik Pathak's photo

My mission is to nurture world-class social impact leaders at the University of Southampton, and through the Social Impact Lab, to catalyse social innovation in Southampton and Mumbai

I am currently Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Social Impact Lab

I am passionate about innovation in higher education, and I have pioneered the use of challenge-based education.

As Founding Director of the multi award-winning Social Impact Lab I lead the University’s international work on social entrepreneurship. This includes leading a team which delivers a range of activities for our students, including the Social Enterprise module, Spark India, the Social Impact Leaders Speaker Series, our Placements scheme, our in-house Ventures and mentoring start-up social entrepreneurs.

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.

You can learn more about the Social Impact Lab, please visit our website, follow us on Facebook or sign up to our newsletter.  You can follow me on Twitter @pathik10.



Social Impact Lab

Social Impact Lab

Our mission is to develop effective models and nurture world class leadership for social impact.

Social Impact Lab

Research interests


My current research is a cross-cultural exploration of social entrepreneurship and discourses of employability in global higher education.

The research explores trends in the UK, North America, and India.

I am interested in the motivations behind the growth of social entrepreneurship among young people (both through grassroots action and organised societies) and how universities are responding both within and outside the curriculum. The research seeks to illuminate transformations in the graduate labour market and skills futures.



Research project(s)

Co-operative social capital? Mapping emergent connectivities across communities

Sort via:TypeorYear



Book Chapters



Working Papers

I currently convene the Curriculum Innovation module Social Enterprise and the second year module Race & Ethnicity in Society.

I would be keen to supervise doctoral researchers in any of the following areas: social entrepreneurship in development, social entrepreneurship and diversity, the sociology of higher education, graduate employability (with a geographical focus on Asia), the social construction of leadership, and qualitative approaches to social impact evaluation.

Dr Pathik Pathak
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number NNN: 58/4083

Share this profile Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings