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Professor Mihaela Kelemen

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BA (Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest), Dphil (University of Oxford), PhD (Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest)
Professor of Business and Society

Department: Strategy and International Business
Centre/Institute: International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Tel: +44 (0) 115 7487472
Location: B01a (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Mihaela Kelemen is Chair in Business and Society at Nottingham University Business School, UK. Prior to joining Nottingham, she taught and researched at Keele University for 23 years, as Professor of Management and Public Engagement (since 2006) and as Director of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre-CASIC (since 2014). She has doctoral degrees from Oxford University and the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest. Her research is underpinned by American Pragmatism and uses participatory creative methodologies of community engagement and knowledge co-production, in particular, Cultural Animation, a methodology co-developed with the New Vic Theatre in 2012. Her projects have received funding from the AHRC, GCRF, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC and HEFCE to explore a wide range of business and society topics including market-place exclusion, food poverty, rural health, volunteering, post disaster reconstruction/tourism and sustainability in an international context. Her research puts centre stage the experiences and aspirations of various marginalized communities based in the UK, Japan, Kenya and the Philippines. Outputs have been disseminated not only via academic publications but also through documentary dr amas, virtual games and community based exhibitions and installations curated jointly with theatre director, Sue Moffat from the award winning New Vic Borderlines. She is an expert for the Rights Lab and a member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College and of the AHRC Peer Review College.

External Roles
Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences' Peer Review College (PRC)

Administrative Roles
Early Career Research Champion

Mihaela is module convenor of the following modules:


Business Ethics (BUSI4021)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

I am interested in the following research topics:

Creative methodologies of knowledge co-production
American Pragmatism
Community leadership
Food poverty and compassion
Post disaster tourism
Volunteering and civil society
Modern day slavery

Recent Grants

1. UoN GCRF grant (£220K) Co-production for Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Kenya: A Cultural Animation Approach (PI: Judy Muthuri, CIs: Mihaela Kelemen and Lara Bianchi, ICCSR, partners: Taita Taveta University, Kenya and New Vic Theatre), August 2019-July 2020
2. EPSRC grant, RCUK Public Engagement with Research Catalysts (£71K) CI, Co-production and creativity: ethos, ty pology and innovation in public engagement practiceA, (PI: Professor David Amigoni, PVC Research Keele University) October 2017- March 2018
3. GCRF/AHRC grant, Stories of Public Health through local arts-based community engagement - SOLACE (£195K), CI, (PI: Lisa Dikomitis, Keele University, partners: Ateneo University, Philippines and New Vic Theatre), November 2017-October 2019
4. AHRC Connected Communities Festival (£15K) PI Animating Local Appetites: a Celebration of community Food and Health in Stoke in Trent, March 2015-December 2015.
5. EPSRC Community and Culture Network (£22K) CI, Beyond the Foodbank: Using Digital technologies to escape food poverty (Emma Surman -PI, Keele University) September 2014-March 2015
6. AHRC Connected Communities development grant (£100K) PI, Evaluating the Legacy of Animative and Iterative Connected Communities Projects: A Three Dimensional Model of Change, in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre, Jericho Road Solutions, Natio nal Council for Voluntary Organizations, and Leicester University, February 2014-June 2015,
7. AHRC collaborative grant, (£55K) CI, Co-designing asset mapping: comparative approaches (led by Open University), February 2014-December 2014
8. AHRC Connected Community Cardiff Festival and Further Dissemination grant (£16K) PI, Animating Communities: A Three Dimensional Installation, in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre, Brunel University and Leicester University, July 2014-March 2015
9. ESRC seminar series on Marketplace exclusion: representations, resistances and responses (£23K) CI (PI: Prof. Liz Parsons, Liverpool University, partners: Cambridge University, Nottingham University, Coventry University, Birmingham University and Leicester University), September 2013-September 2015
10. AHRC Connected Communities Showcase and Knowledge Dissemination Award (£19K) PI Bridging the Gap: an Interactive Audio-visual Installation, Edinburgh, in collaboration with New Vic The atre, June 2014
11. AHRC Development Research Grant (£122K) PI: Untold Stories of Volunteering: A Cultural Animation Project (in collaboration with Leicester University, The New Vic Theatre and the National Council for Voluntary Organizations), February 2013-July 2014
12. AHRC Follow-on Research Grant (£53K) PI: 'Bridging the Gap between Academic Theory and Community Relevance: Fresh Insights from American Pragmatism (in collaboration with The Open University, Brunel University, Edinburgh University, New Vic Theatre, the Mondo Foundation, Glass House Community Led Design and Seinan Gakuin University, Japan) February 2013 to February 2014
13. AHRC Connected Communities Showcase Award (£15K) PI: A Little Act of Kindness, in collaboration with New Vic Theatre, London, 2013.
14. AHRC Scoping Study (£37K) PI: Exploring Personal Communities: A Review of Volunteering Processes, in collaboration with New Vic Theatre, February 2012-February 2013
15. AHRC Development Projec t Grant (£122K) CI : 'Unearth Hidden Assets through Community Co-design and Co-production' (lead by Dr. Busayawan Lam, Brunel University) February 2013 to July 2014.

The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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