Michele Bianchi

Postdoctoral Researcher
Glasgow Caledonian University
Michele joined the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health in January 2020 as researcher in community-based initiatives for sustainable development; his research is part of the Global Challenge Research Fund. This work aims to understand how bottom-up initiatives in developing countries can assume a multi-goal structure and improve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations.

Michele’s main areas of research are community development, social enterprises, and co-operatives. He holds a Master degree in Social Work (University of Trento, Italy) and obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology of Governance, Social Participation, and Citizenship at the University Carlo Bo (Urbino, Italy). His previous research investigated Italian community co-operatives and their interconnections with territories. He has also published works on the phenomena of British community-owned pubs and Italian workers buy-out.

In 2018, he was visiting Ph.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). In 2016, he managed a community development project in Trento in collaboration with local third sector organizations. In 2015, he was intern at the Hackey Co-operative Development, a community interest company based in London East-end.

Michele is a researcher in the area hybrid organizations, social enterprises, and community development. He is involved in projects on: Using an intersectionality approach, how might Community Based Initiatives be conceptualised as actors tackling multiple SDGs simultaneously? - Global Challenge Research Fund