Maria is a Reader in Social Innovation, researcher, knowledge manager and social enterprise consultant with experience in the private, social economy and academic sectors. After having worked as a knowledge management practitioner for five years in combination with consultancy work with the private sector and social economy organisations in Colombia, she started her academic career in UK as a researcher in social enterprises, social innovation, knowledge management, informal entrepreneurship, marginalised social groups and sustainability.
Maria believes in doing research that matters, which drives forward businesses and societal transformation. Maria labelled herself as a social impact and community-engaged scholar, researching social innovation, social enterprises/entrepreneurship, and barefoot entrepreneurship. Her work addresses the call towards an innovative entrepreneurial inclusion of marginalised communities.
She co-leads the Labour Migration Research Group and has projects in Brazil, Colombia and the UK exploring social enterprises, social innovations, community-based enterprises, barefoot and informal entrepreneurship, waste pickers, economically marginalised migrants, and spiral economy. Most recently, she was awarded funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (2019, £10k) to explore the struggles of waste pickers in the Colombian informal economy to inform policy and practice.
PhD supervision interest:
Maria welcomes the opportunity to work with PhD students from various backgrounds and disciplines who would like to embark on a PhD. She would especially encourage applicants to use a critical theoretical framework and innovative research approaches.
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