Dr Sara Calvo is a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour and the Social Enterprise Champion at the Enterprise Development Hub at Middlesex University Business School. Her research interests include social enterprise, social innovation and the social and solidarity economy, the informal sector, ethnic minority enterprise, social enterprise support policy and visual research. She has carried out research in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. She is also the co-founder and director of a social enterprise organisation, 'Living in Minca' (www.livinginminca.org) and a documentary filmmaker having participated in a number of international film festivals. Sara has published several papers in established international journals, book chapters and online websites.
Fluent in Spanish
Teaching and Pedagogic interests:
Teaching interests are in contemporary issues in social enterprise, social and solidarity economy, qualitative research methods, organisational behaviour and leadership and management.
Current and previous modules include:
Published academic journal publications
Calvo, S and Morales, A (2015) Sink or Swim: Social Enterprise as a panacea for NPOs in Tanzania? Journal of International Development (available online).
Calvo, S. (2014) Ethnic minority organisations and the 2012 Games: A case study of the East London Olympic Boroughs. Journal of Local Economy, Vol. 29(1–2) 82–97.
Sepulveda, L., Syrett, S. and Calvo, S. (2013) Social Enterprise and ethnic minorities: Exploring the consequences of the evolving British policy agenda. Environment and Planning C, Government and Policy, Vol.31, P.633-648.
Calvo, S; Morales, A; Zikidis, Y (2016). The Social and Solidarity Economy: The world's economy with a social face. Routledge.
Calvo, S (2016). Connecting Social Enterprise and Higher Education:Universities as drivers in the support of Social Enterprises in the United Kingdom; in Carvalho, L, Handbook Research on Entrepreneurial Success and its Impact on Regional Development, IGI Global.
Calvo, S; Morales, A (2014). Exploring Complementary Currencies in Europe. A comparative study of local initiatives in Spain and the United Kingdom. Accessed on http://www.livinginminca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Complementary_Currencies.pdf, 10/02/15.
Calvo, S; Morales, A (2013). The Social and Solidarity Economy in Ecuador: Opportunities and Challenges. Accessed on http://www.livinginminca.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/07/MINCA_ECUADOR.pdf, 10/11/14.
Calvo, S; Morales, A (2013). Narratives of Social Enterprises: Examining Social Entrepreneurial Activities in Colombia. Accessed on http://www.livinginminca.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/07/MINCA_COLOMBIA.pdf, 10/11/14.
Calvo, S; Morales, A (2013). Exploring the Dynamics of Social Enterprises in Tanzania. Accessed on http://www.livinginminca.org/wp- content/uploads/2012/08/MINCA_TANZANIA.pdf, 10/11/14.
Sepulveda, L., Syrett, S. and Calvo, S. (2010) Social enterprises: new forms of engagement or exclusion for migrants and ethnic minorities? Third Sector Research Centre. Accessed on http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=HU/eq0AdTZM=, 01/05/12.
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
VIII Encuentro de Investigadores Latino Americanos. Universidad MinutodeDios, Bogota, Colombia. 10-11 November 2014. Paper Presented: The Social and Solidarity Economy in Colombia and Ecuador.
Social Innovation Seminar. Universities UK, 28th January 2014. http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/SocialInnovationseminar.aspx
Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy, UNRISD, 6 to 8 May 2013. Paper Presented: Sink or Swim: Social Enterprise as a panacea for NGOs in Tanzania?
If not for profit, for what and how? 4th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, University of Liege, Belgium, 1-4th July. Paper Presented: Exploring social enterprises in Tanzania.
Social enterprise and education Conference, University of Bath, 21-23 October 2012. Social Entrepreneurship in Kenya, Hand in Hand, Nairobi, 12- 15 September 2012.
Games and the City: Impacts and Legacies Conference. Paper presented: Are ethnic minority organisations involved within the 2012 Games? A case study of the East London Olympic Boroughs, University of Greenwich, UK. 2-3rd June 2011.
Calvo, Sara (2014) London 2012: missed out on Olympics contracts? A case study of ethnic minority organisations in East London. Local Economy, 29 (1-2). pp. 82-97. ISSN 0269-0942
Calvo, Sara and Morales, Andres (2016) Sink or swim: social enterprise as a panacea for non-profit organisations? Journal of International Development, 28 (7). pp. 1170-1188. ISSN 0954-1748
Calvo, Sara (2013) Ethnic minority groups and social enterprise: a case study of the East London Olympic boroughs. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.
Sepulveda, Leandro and Syrett, Stephen and Calvo, Sara (2013) Social enterprise and ethnic minorities: exploring the consequences of the evolving British policy agenda. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (4). pp. 633-648. ISSN 0263-774X
Sepulveda, Leandro and Syrett, Stephen and Calvo, Sara (2010) Social enterprise and ethnic minorities. Working Paper. University of Birmingham: Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham.
Awards and Fellowship
MEMBERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES
CIPD Membership (2015-present)
Chair- Social Enterprise Network UK (SERNUK)(2012-2015)
UK Coordinator –EMES Research Network (2012-2015)
REVIEWER AND EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE
Ad Hoc Reviewer for Routdlege (2015)
Editor for Alternautas, A blog dedicated to Latin American critical development thinking (2015)
Ad Hoc Reviewer for 'Antipoda', Revista de Antropología y Arqueologia, Revista de la Universidad de los Andes, Bogota (Colombia). (2014)
Webinar, Ethnic Minorities and social enterprises: Lessons from London, organised by UnLtd (2014). Accessed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc6txbGMHvo&spfreload=10, 12/10/14.
Minca Films (2012-to date). Director of documentaries on poverty alleviation and social enterprise, community-based initiatives. For more details See http://www.livinginminca.org/minca-tv/