SIRIUS Kick-off Event

The kick-off event of SIRIUS has taken place in Brussels last month. University and civil society partners from 7 different countries has met to discuss the workload for the next 3 years. A lunch talk has also been organised and more than 80 people participated to foster exchange among practitioners and stakeholders to better appreciate the integration capacities of cities and municipalities to contribute building successful local integration practices. NGOs from Italy, Greece and Serbia presented their activities and discussion by world experts from UNHCR, UNRISD and European Commission has fostered reflections about integration of migrants into the labour market. An inclusive integration agenda including concrete steps that countries can take to ensure migrant integration policies is at the core of new Horizon 2020 funded SIRIUS project and it represents an important challenge for European Countries.

More information about the project can be found here:

Foodsaving Book Presentation

Last week, Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit hosted an event about tackling food insecurity in Scotland and in Europe. The seminar aimed to foster exchange among academics, practitioners and stakeholders to better appreciate the innovative process to secure access to nutritious food for everyone, while also avoiding food waste. Best practices and policies from Scotland and other European countries have been illustrated by Dr Francesca Calò of the Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health and co-editor of the book Foodsaving in Europe: at the Crossroad of Social Innovation (Palgrave McMillan 2017). The seminar discussed also the work of the Big Lottery Funded project ‘A Menu for Change’, led by the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, Oxfam Scotland, Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Alliance

More information about the book and menu for change can be found here:

Differentiating the effect of social enterprise activities on health

A paper on ‘Differentiating the effect of social enterprise activities on health’ by B Macaulay, M Mazzei, M Roy, S Teasdale and C Donaldson has been published in Social Science and Medicine.

An emerging stream of literature has focused on the ways in which social enterprises might act on the social determinants of health. However, this previous work has not taken a sufficiently broad account of the wide range of stakeholders involved in social enterprises and has also tended to reduce and simplify a complex and heterogeneous set of organisations to a relatively homogenous social enterprise concept. In an attempt to address these gaps, we conducted an empirical investigation between August 2014 and October 2015 consisting of qualitative case studies involving in-depth semi-structured interviews and a focus group with a wide variety of stakeholders from three social enterprises in different regions of Scotland. We found that different forms of social enterprise impact on different dimensions of health in different ways, including through: engendering a feeling of ownership and control; improving environmental conditions (both physical and social); and providing or facilitating meaningful employment. In conclusion, we highlight areas for future research.

Q Methodology Workshop

The Glasgow Caledonian team are hosting a 2 day introduction to Q methodology workshop on the 9th-10th April 2018 in Glasgow.

This two day workshop is designed for those looking for an introduction to Q methodology and Q research, and is especially suitable for people with limited or no prior experience. It will be led by experts in Q methodology drawing on examples from their own research as well as the wider literature.

This will be an interactive workshop providing an overview of the essential steps for conducting a Q study covering concourse theory, statement selection, P-set selection, Q-sorting, factor analysis and data interpretation. There will also be the opportunity for a one-to-one surgery session where participants can seek advice on their own Q study with one of the facilitators.  The cost of the workshop will be £200 which will include all materials, lunch and refreshments on both days. We anticipate the workshop starting at 11:00 on day one and finishing by 4pm on day two.

If you are interesting in attending this event please email Helen Mason (

Communities Secretary praises “great work” of Yunus Centre

Professor Cam Donaldson with Communities Secretary Angela Constance and Professor Rachel Baker







Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance praised the “great work” being carried out by researchers at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health during a visit to Glasgow Caledonian University.

The research centre, named in honour of GCU Emeritus Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus, aims to transform the lives of vulnerable communities through pioneering research focused on health and wellbeing.

Speaking during a meet-and-greet with researchers and staff, Angela Constance MSP said: “It’s very important to be able to evidence impact.

“The people on the frontline know first-hand the impact of their work and that sometimes it can be quite hard to evidence. Nonetheless, it’s important for policy decisions and funding decisions. It’s good to hear about your great work.”

The Cabinet Secretary heard about a number of research studies into social enterprise projects, including WEvolution, which helps women on low income to save small amounts of money, and Impact Arts, which uses the arts to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

Professor Rachel Baker, Director of the Yunus Centre, said: “We have 15 PhD students working in areas broadly to do with social vulnerability, whether or not that is poverty, health inequality or unemployment. We are about evidencing and social innovation and finding evidence of impact, particularly on health and wellbeing.”

The Yunus Centre was founded in 2010 by Professor Cam Donaldson, one of the world’s foremost health economists. The work of the Centre cuts across the three main societal challenges listed in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Research Strategy: inclusive societies, healthy lives and sustainable environments.

ISIRC 2017

As part of the CommonHealth Programme, Danielle Kelly recently gave a presentation on ‘The role of social enterprise in addressing social isolation and loneliness in rural Scotland’ at the 9th International Social Innovation Conference at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia.  More information about the conference available via the ISIRC Conference website.

CommonHealth at the Gathering

Aberdeen Foyer: An Impact Journey

The CommonHealth Programme team will be hosting a seminar Gathering 2018.  The seminar will provide a brief overview of the CommonHealth project, a project designed to evaluate the impact of social enterprises on health creation and health inequality reduction.  Consisting of 8 smaller projects covering a five year period we will focus on project 6, Aberdeen Foyer.  With funding evaporating and competition increasing, the third sector are under pressure to continually increase and further evidence their impact for funders, stakeholders, the community and clients.  In such a diverse and ever changing sector, that is also limited on time and resource, how can we ensure that we are evidencing everything asked of us while keeping the process client centred, achieving our outcomes and standing apart to win the next bid?  This seminar looks at research that has been ongoing for over a year and will discuss one of the most effective ways of defining outcomes and indicators and discussing effective measurement processes.

To sign up for our seminar, please register via the link below:

Common Good First

Common Good First will create a digital network to identify, showcase and connect social innovation projects in South Africa to each other and to universities around the world for research, student engagement and learning and teaching.

The research project partners recently met in Cape Town for a workshop.  Further details are available via the link  below:

Cape Town workshop – December 2017