The Professional Practice in Entrepreneurship (PPE) team has secured a £45,200 British Council grant for its international social innovation research project.

The grant will fund an international collaboration between universities and industry supporting social enterprise. Working with the Universiti of Malaysia Sabah the project aims to improve the resilience of social enterprises in Malaysia through team entrepreneurial learning.

The project, led by Westminster Business School Senior Lecturers Dr Ainurul Rosli and Dr Jane Chang, and PPE Project Coordinator, Fezzan Ahmed, will seek to address the challenges stifling social innovation by encouraging new configurations of people, ideas and approaches to support and enable social innovation.

The team will identify synergies, potential research projects and collaborations to further the emerging network of research and innovation links in Malaysia with early career researchers.

Talking about securing the grant, Dr. Ainurul Rosli said: “We are connecting industry experts and academics, especially early career researchers, between the two countries to initiate collaborative research that makes a real impact in solving the most pressing social and development challenges.”

The project will begin in the first quarter of 2018 and will culminate in a five-day research workshop in June in the State of Sabah, Malaysia, which will involve 40 participants from across the UK and Malaysia to develop their capabilities to undertake solution-driven transdisciplinary research for entrepreneurial socially innovative activities.

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