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Father. Tim Curtis

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in Social & Community Development
  • Department: Social Work

General information

Timothy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. His current research interests are the effects on mental wellbeing of the use of 'neptic-psychotherapeutic'  interventions from the Orthodox Christian tradition. He is also developing a programme of Spirituality Studies within the School of Health

He teaches Social and Community Development from a perspective of non-oppressive social change. This involves a commitment to Freirean pedagogy; exploring self and identity on the part of the practitioner, intrinsic motivations on the part of the communities, the psych-social effects of space and place on the communities and the application of soft-systems methodologies to solve 'wicked problems'.

He is actively involved in the University's strategic commitment to developing Social Enterprise. He is an Unltd/HEFCE Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and has initiated the 'Social Enterprise Campus' which acts as a framework for new students to explore social enterprise ideas and be assisted in their first steps to explore socially just enterprises.

Prior to becoming a priest and working at the University, Timothy developed 20 years experience in management consulting and community development, working on hundreds of projects from environmental law in Azerbaijan to community waste projects in the Highlands of Scotland. He has been involved in significant research programmes, notably two European Social Fund projects on social enterprise during which he worked at the University of Oxford Said Business School as a Senior Research Fellow.

Timothy is a parish priest within the Orthodox Christian Church in Northampton and is a trustee of both Saint Anne's monastic house in York, and St Sunniva's monastic skete in Shetland.


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  1. Curtis, T. and James, R. (2013) Intensive engagement: social innovation in positive crime outcomes in communities: the Northampton Police experience. Lecture presented to: Northamptonshire Police Crime and Community Summit, Wootton Hall, Northampton, 26 September 2013. (Unpublished)
  2. Curtis, T. (2013) Silence and prayer - the path to spiritual and psychological health in the tradition of Eastern Christianity. Lecture presented to: Seminar, 'Traditions of the Earth', Intercultural Counseling and Healing Center, Moscow, 01 December 2013. (Unpublished)
  3. James, R. and Curtis, T. (2013) Social innovation and co-production of safer communities: the Northamptonshire Police experience. Lecture presented to: What's the Business Case for Co-production in Public Services?, University of Birmingham, 24 October 2013. (Unpublished)
  4. Curtis, T. (2013) The Jesus Prayer as healing prayer: the traditional practice of contemplation and mental health. Lecture presented to: Seminar, Fr Alexander Men Open University, Moscow, 10-11 May 2013. (Unpublished)
  5. Curtis, T. (2013) The practice of the Jesus Prayer and hesychia in Eastern Christianity. Lecture presented to: Seminar, The Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Moscow, 01 December 2013. (Unpublished)
  6. Curtis, T. (2013) The theology of wellbeing: the Jesus Prayer and mindfulness in ancient Christian tradition. Invited Presentation presented to: Seminar, Fr Alexander Men Open University, Moscow, 30 November 2013. (Unpublished)
  7. Curtis, T. (2013) Theology of sexuality and relationships. Lecture presented to: Orthodox Youth Conference: the Church as Guide to Authentic Relationships, Ilam, Staffordshire, 23-26 August 2013. (Unpublished)


  1. Curtis, T. and Nalbandian, R. (2012) Institutional entrepreneurship in the Ethiopian coffee industry. International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 1(3), pp. 281-294. 2043-8257 print, 2043-8265 online.
  2. Curtis, T. (2012) It's a Rough Trade: a longitudinal study of changing ethics. Paper presented to: 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), University of Birmingham, 12-14 September 2012. (Unpublished)


  1. Curtis, T. and Haigh, D. (2011) Governance relations: of course, trust is not the whole story. Creating relational space by comparing insights into trust (and distrust), power (and powerlessness). Paper presented to: 3rd International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), South Bank University, London, 12-13 September 2011. (Unpublished)
  2. Curtis, T. (2011) ‘Newness’ in social entrepreneurship discourses: the concept of ‘danwei’ in the Chinese experience. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. 2(2), pp. 198-217. 1942-0676.


  1. Curtis, T. (2010) UnLtd/HEFCE Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Higher Education Funding Council for England.
  2. Curtis, T. (2010) Silence: Orthodox Christian perspectives on seeking silence. Lecture presented to: Oxford Orthodox Christian Student Society Lectures, St. Gregory's House, Oxford, 17 November 2010. (Unpublished)
  3. Curtis, T. (2010) Social enterprise & public procurement. Seminar Presentation presented to: Social Enterprise, Procurement and the Role of Local Government: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/ Social Enterprise Coalition (SEC)/Communities and Local Government (CLG) Public Policy Seminar, Department of Communities and Local Government, London, 26 July 2010. (Unpublished)
  4. Curtis, T. (2010) The challenges and risks of innovation in social entrepreneurship. In: Gunn, R. and Durkin, C. (eds.) Social Entrepreneurship: a Skills Approach. Bristol: Policy Press. pp. 83-98.
  5. Curtis, T., Herbst, J. and Gumkovska, M. (2010) The social economy of trust: social entrepreneurship experiences in Poland. Social Enterprise Journal. 6(3), pp. 194-209. 1750-8614.


  1. Curtis, T. (2009) Educating social enterprise - The University of Northampton infrastructure for developing social entrepreneurs. Symposium presented to: The International Symposium of Social Enterprise and Self-employment (SESE 2009), Beijing, China, 17 September 2009. (Unpublished)


  1. Curtis, T. (2008) Finding that grit makes a pearl: a critical re-reading of research into social enterprise. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. 14(5), pp. 276-290. 1355-2554.


  1. Curtis, T. (2006) What does procurement do to the third sector? Invited Presentation presented to: 3rd Annual UK Social Enterprise Research Conference, London, UK, 22-23 June 2006. (Unpublished)
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