Dr Pam Seanor

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  • Qualifications:PhD in social enterprise, Human ecology BSc, PGCL fellow
  • Position:Senior Lecturer Strategy and Enterprise
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 83918
  • Email:Pam.Seanor@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Teaching: I attempt to create a space in which students can question taken-for-granted assumptions of ideas to better understand practices and to voice their views so that they can engage in creating every-day interventions. To do so, I invite practitioners in to facilitate ​workshops to share their stories and experiences.​

I am very pleased to be one of the mentors (shepherds) for teams engaging in the UWE Grand Challenge of homeless-ness. I'm looking forward to working with these teams, and those from organizations across the city, in my new role.

Research: I am in the Organisation Studies department at UWE. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, drawing upon strands of theorizing and practice, my research is bringing together critical thinking between entrepreneurship, organization and society:

My PhD thesis was of narratives (stories and visual) and actions between social enterprise practitioners (from my working with those in existing organizations in the third sector and those acting in local and regional government). I handed participants a pencil to draw how they made sense of social enterprise models. 

​My writing of alternative forms of organization is influenced by those in fiction and non-fiction, at the moment Rebecca Solnit, Emily Wilson and Madeline Miller. My current writing is around the question of How to reframe individual heroic (and masculine) stories of social enterprise?  

In exploring enterprise and entrepreneurship in society, in particular, how we imagine and enact sustainability, I recently co-led a collaborative research project "Wandering about Bristol". This project was supported by a Small Research Grant from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust. It was 3 urban and collective walks (wanders) and a workshop to listen, share these ideas and encounters with practitioners. This is of 2 parts. 1) I am influenced by social geographers and how their writing relates to organization studies; and 2) To capture movement, and moving images, whilst wandering around Bristol we used film with participants recording their conversations of what becoming a "green" city meant to them in their practices and how they imagine a "green" city. For more information of this project please see http://www.wanderingbristol.uk​

My interest and curiosity in how a practice-based approach can be critical remains central to the above teaching and research practices.

Area of expertise

Creative, hands-on approaches to entrepreneurship in research and teaching.


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