Dr Mike Aiken
RESEARCH INTO CO-OPERATIVE, COMMUNITY AND CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVES
Dr Mike Aiken is a freelance researcher, lecturer and writer in social research specialising in the third sector - including co-operative, community and civil society initiatives. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Co-operatives Research Unit at the Open University where he has been involved since 1998 as a doctoral student, researcher, freelancer or collaborator. This has involved investigations concerning the values of third sector organisations, the co-operative advantage, European work integration social enterprises, approaches to disseminating measurement and outcomes learning, governance and capacity building, social enterprise activity within charities, and international case studies on social innovation. He has also been an invited speaker at academic and practitioner events in Germany, Mexico, Poland, Sweden and Japan. During two sabbaticals in Mexico he has undertaken research into civil society organisations and lectured in social policy at Masters level.
Mike holds a PhD from the Open University, an MA in Social Policy from the University of Sussex and a BA Hons degree in philosophy from the University of Wales. He is a committee member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN, UK) and a member of the Social Policy Association (UK), European Social Enterprise Research Network (EMES, Belgium) and ARNOVA (Cleveland, USA). He speaks German and Spanish to intermediate level.