Gillian Murray joined the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health in March 2014 as a post-doctoral researcher on the CommonHealth research programme. She has MA (Hons) and MSc from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Leicester. An experienced social history researcher her current research investigates social enterprise in Scotland since the 1970s. To date, this research has traced the origins of social enterprise in Scotland through the revival of the co-operative movement and pioneering community development work carried out as part of community business in Scotland. This research has also sought to understand the development of connections between these socially innovative projects and health and wellbeing enhancement.  

A summary of this work can be found in the Common Health Briefing Paper Series.

The oral histories collected as part of this research are available to listen to on edShare@GCU. For selected extracts click here.

Research into the history of social enterprise in Scotland will be continued in a new project, funded by the Scottish Government, to develop the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) held by the GCU Archive Centre. Through this project Gillian will collaborate with university archivists to launch a travelling exhibition -introducing audiences to the history of social enterprise in Scotland and showcasing the images and documents held within the collection.

If you have been part of the history of social enterprise in Scotland and would like to share your story with the project, or donate materials to the archive please get in touch with Dr Gillian Murray (see details above) or contact the GCU Archive Centre here.