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Research Topic

Social Investment in the Scottish Third Sector

Research Summary

Third sector organisations (TSOs) rely on a complex mix of given money, earned money, and, to a lesser degree, borrowed money. They depend on grants, donations, payments for contracted services, trading, and sales. Social investment is said to be a different way of funding the activities of TSOs. Defined as the use of repayable finance to achieve social as well as a financial return, social investment can be used by charities and social enterprises to increase their positive impact on the society. However, repayable forms of finance are not common in the third sector and it remains largely unclear how the development of the social investment market affects TSOs. The project aims to address this by unpacking the development paths of TSOs involved in the social investment market.


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Education and Qualifications

The University of Edinburgh MSc Social Research 2016–2017
Westminster International University in Tashkent PgCert in Special Study in Teaching and Learning 2012–2013
Westminster International University in Tashkent MA International Business and Management 2009–2011
Tashkent State University of Economics BA International Economics 2004–2008