I am an experienced social enterprise and creative industries academic, consultant and trainer. I have previously worked as a Senior Research Associate and Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the University of Lancaster Management School and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I have also worked at Leeds Enterprise Centre, Leeds University Business School and at the Business and Community Enterprise Unit at the University of Cumbria.I have experience as a Chief Executive, Change Manager and Director of UK charities, social enterprises and arts organisations and I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). As well as my academic roles I am a founding Director of a social enterprise (Shared Future CIC) and I am involved in running two creative ventures - The Melodrome Stage and KickArts Events.
Academic and professional qualifications
PhD in Management: “Charitable Enterprise: The adoption of social enterprise models of practice by a traditional charity” (ESRC Scholarship) at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University Management School, (2007 - 2011)
MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice, Lancaster University (1996-97)
BEd (Hons) in Community and Youth Work, Teaching Social Education and English (DfEE registered Secondary School Teacher and JNC qualified Youth and Community Worker), St Martin’s College, Lancaster (1983-87).
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University Management School: EU FP7 Proficient project “District-wide solutions for Community Self-Organised Housing”; teaching Social Context of Enterprise; liaison and course development support with Sunway University Business School, Malaysia; North West Doctoral Training Centre Innovation and Enterprise School Tutor (2014- 2016)
Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence for LUMS and FASS Faculties, Lancaster University: (2014- 2016)
Founding Director, Shared Future Community Interest Company; a research, training and consultancy social enterprise: Company work has included commissioned research projects; consultancy; infrastructure support structures for social enterprises; Participatory Budgeting; ASSURE (Applied Social Sciences Research and Evaluation; Citizen’s Juries for Health and Social Care service planning; masterclass and action leanring set delivery; visiting scholars programme (Finland and Denmark) (2009 – current)
Founding Director, The Melodrome Mobile Stage; a performance arts promotion social enterprise (2015 – current)
Teaching Fellow in Enterprise, Leeds Enterprise Centre, Leeds University Business School (2012 - 2013)
Honorary Teaching Fellow, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, University of Lancaster: (2012 - 2013)
Visiting Lecturer, University of Cumbria (2007 – 2012)
Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise, St Martin’s College (University of Cumbria), Lancaster. ; Principle Investigator on ERDF co-financed North West Brain; Innovation in Action programme developing community radio (2005-2007)
Lecturer in Capacity Building and Social Entrepreneurship, St Martin’s College (University of Cumbria), Lancaster (2003-2005)
Change Manager, Crossroads - Caring for Carers National Association (2002- 2003)
Chief Officer, Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service (2000-2002)
Chief Officer, Lancaster and Morecambe Community Health Council (1998-2000)
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Project-based externally funded research:
MacDonald M., Soetanto D, Larner J. (2015) Conceptual model of SME network economy business and e-marketplace EU FP7 Proficient Project Report
MacDonald M. (2015) Special Purpose Vehicles and Partnerships supported through Virtual Guilds: A networked business model for SMEs engaged in CSO housing EU FP7 Proficient Project Report
MacDonald M., Rodsjo A., Soetanto D., McKeever, E. (2014) Energy Efficiency Policy in Europe; A Review of Existing Loans, Incentives and Subsidies EU FP7 Proficient Project Report
MacDonald M., Hall J., Parkinson C., Smith L. and Howorth C. (2009) Connecting Consortia: The Factors Required for Successful Social Enterprise Consortia Cohesion and Successful Tendering. Commissioned Report to Social Enterprise North West/Home Office Capacity Builders Fund.
MacDonald M. (2006) Joint Working within the Local Voluntary Sector Commissioned report for Lancaster and District Council for Voluntary Service/Home Office Connecting Communities Fund.
MacDonald M. (2005) Feasibility Study into Possible Models for Joint Working within the Social Enterprise Sector in the Lancaster City Council District Commissioned report to Lancashire County Developments Ltd.
MacDonald M.(1998) Parents’ Views of Community Childcare Provision South Cumbria Community Health Council
MacDonald M.(1997) Users’ Views of Arthritis Care Facilities South Cumbria Community Health Council
MacDonald J.S. & MacDonald M. (1986) A Study of Young Peoples’ Attitudes to the Police: Moorlands Estate, Brixton Commissioned Report to Lambeth Community-Police Consultative Committee, London
MacDonald M. and Larner J. (2015) Co-Created Personas: Engaging Stakeholders in Organisational Design. Participatory Research: Working and Communicating with Communities: Reflecting on ‘A Cross-Cultural Working Group on “Good Culture” and Precariousness’ Lancaster University
MacDonald M. (2015) Sustainable Solutions for Collective Self-Organised Housing. Nimble Spaces; Ways to Live Together, New Cultures of Housing VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, May 1 (Plenary Speaker, with Ann Phelan, T.D., Irish Minister of State for Housing)
MacDonald M. and Howorth C. (2015) Drowning in The Seas of Social Enterprise: A Model of Competing Legitimacies Paper accepted for Academy of Management Conference, Social Issues in Management division, Vancouver
MacDonald M. and Howorth C. (2015) Caught in a Whirlpool: Modelling the Search for Legitimacy in Social Enterprise Paper to the British Council Newton Researcher Links Workshop, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
Damen T., MacDonald M., Hartmann T., Di Giulio R., Bonsma P., Luig K.,Sebastian R.,Soetanto D. (2014) Bim based collaborative design technology for collective self-organised housing 40th IAHS World Congress on Housing, Madeira
MacDonald M. (2014) [Plenary speaker] Models for Market Change and Hard and Soft Policies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Co-host with Norwegian State Housing Bank, Enova SF and NTNU of Energy efficiency in buildings; Goals, market development and public measures workshop, Oslo, Norway as part of the European Energy Efficient Week.
MacDonald M. and Rodsjo A. (2014) [Keynote speaker and discussion chair] Stimulating Measures from Banks and Authorities for Energy Efficient Housing. Workshop with Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and the Heads of the Czech State Housing Development Fund, the State Environmental Fund Green Savings Programme and the Union of Czech and Moravian Housing Co-operatives. Prague
MacDonald M. (2013) [Plenary speaker] Framing the Field: The Myth of Collaboration in the Implementation of UK Government Policy towards Social Enterprise Paper to the International Social Innovation Research Conference, Oxford University,
Tunstall R., MacDonald M., Gunn A. and Bale, I. (2013) Two Tribes:Exploring how different academic disciplines inform student experiences in encountering enterprise education Paper to the ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference, Arhuss, Denmark
MacDonald M. (2012) Mission Holding: Active Resistance to the Social Enterprise Agenda by a UK Charity Paper to the International Social Innovation Research Conference, Birmingham University
MacDonald M. (2011) The Dangers Of Definition: Issues of Barriers And Legitimacy in the Adoption of Social Enterprise Strategies Paper to the International Social Innovation Research Conference, LSBU, London,
MacDonald M. and Howorth C. (2008) Social Enterprise Experiments in England: 1660-1908 Paper to the Social Enterprise Research Conference, LSBU
MacDonald M (2006) Addressing the National Procurement Agenda on a Local Level – Multi- Agency Working to Promote Effective Social Enterprise for the Delivery of Public Services. Paper to the Social Enterprise Research Conference, LSBU
Larner, J., Cheverst K., MacDonald M., Hoile C. (forthcoming) “The Open Source Guild: Creating More Sustainable Enterprise” in Journal of Management Development
Soetanto D. and MacDonald M. (forthcoming) “The Obstacles and the Pattern of Obstacles Experienced by University First-Year Students in Group Work” in Active Learning in Higher Education
Damen T., Sebastian R., MacDonald M, Soetanto D., Hartmann T., Di Giulio, R., Bonsma P., Luig K. (2015) “The Application of BIM as Collaborative Design Technology for Collective Self-Organised Housing” in International Journal of 3-D Information Modelling
Howorth C., Parkinson C. & Macdonald M. (2011) “Discursive Chasms: An Examination of the Language and Promotion of Social Enterprise” in Southern A. (ed.) Enterprise, Deprivation and Social Exclusion: The role of small business in addressing social and economic inequalities Routeledge
MacDonald M. (2010) “Book review: Jeffrey A. Robinson, Johanna Mair and Kai Hockerts (eds), International Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship, New York: Palgrave Macmillan” in International Small Business Journal 2010; 28: 420
M. MacDonald, C. Howorth (2018). Roots of social enterprise: entrepreneurial philanthropy, England 1600-1908. Social Enterprise Journal. 14(1), pp.4-21.
J. Larner, K. Cheverst, M. MacDonald, C. Hoile, A. Soutar (2017). The open source guild: creating more sustainable enterprise?. Journal of Management Development. 36(1), pp.71-80.
ME. MacDonald Hyper-Rural: An End to Urbanism?. Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester, UK, 1/1/2017.
ME. MacDonald, D. Soetanto Group Cohesion, Efficacy and Role Clarity in Entrepreneurship Education. Leeds, UK, 1/1/2016.
ME. MacDonald, C. Howorth Caught in a Whirlpool: Modelling the Search for Legitimacy in Social Enterprise. University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, South Africa, 1/1/2015.
ME. MacDonald, C. Howorth Drowning in The Seas of Social Enterprise: A Model of Competing Legitimacies. Vancouver, Canada, 1/1/2015.
ME. MacDonald Sustainable Solutions for Collective Self-Organised Housing. New Cultures of Housing VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, 1/1/2015.
ME. MacDonald, J. Larner Co-Created Personas: Engaging Stakeholders in Organisational Design. Lancaster University, UK, 1/1/2015.
T. Damen, ME. MacDonald, T. Hartmann, R. Di Giulio, P. Bonsma, et al.K. Luig, R. Sebastian, D. Soetanto. Bim Based Collaborative Design Technology for Collective Self-Organised Housing. Madeira, Portugal, 1/1/2014.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Regular reviewer for International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and Social Enterprise Journal
British Council Newton Fund Researcher Links funding (approx.. value £4,500) for “Development through Enterprise - Inclusive and sustainable futures through entrepreneurial initiatives and cross-sector partnerships" workshop, South Africa - 2015
£120,000 from Lancaster City Council to deliver support to and undertake a base-line and project-end evaluation of social enterprises within the Lancaster district. – 2011.
£11,000 from the Marsh Community Centre, Lancaster to undertake community consultation with local residents into the need for new facilities - 2010
£12,000 from Capacity Builders to research barriers to successful tenders for the delivery of public services by social enterprises - 2009.
£5,000 from Lancashire County Council to set up and evaluate a work placement scheme for people with learning disabilities within social enterprise - 2007.
£138,000 from NW BRAIN (Building Regional Applications and Innovative Networks); The use of community radio as a medium for engaging people in new technologies. ERDF funded (a further £750,000 raised for sustainability of the radio stations after project end) - 2005/6.
£5,000 from Lancaster and District Council for Voluntary Services for research project into joint working within the local voluntary sector - 2006
£12,500 from Connecting Communities to undertake a feasibility study into joint purchasing of goods and back office services by the voluntary sector in Lancaster - 2005.
£25,000 from Lancashire County Developments Ltd. to undertake a feasibility study into joint working within the social enterprise sector - 2004.