Dr Iain Cairns

Teaching Associate

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Iain works as Teaching Associate at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School, in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. His research is primarily focused on democratic businesses and the financial arrangements to support their establishment and development.

Most recently, Iain has worked on a United Kingdom Energy Research Council (UKERC) project entitled Financing Community Energy: lessons learned and innovations for the future, which was undertaken jointly by the University of Manchester, University of Strathclyde and Imperial College London. In this project Iain led the data collection and analysis of community energy case studies.

Iain has a PhD in Management from Glasgow Caledonian University, which focused on community organisations and how they might own and manage assets to drive community development. Prior to PhD study, during his MRes in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow, Iain focused on financial geography and conducted research into the potential of alternative currencies to advance community organisations.

Iain has also published work on investment, banking and industrial strategy with the Common Weal think tank. His work on a Scottish National Investment Bank has been particularly impactful. His 2013 position paper on a Scottish National Investment Bank has been recognised by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) as the first major work on the subject. Subsequently, Iain worked in partnership with Common Weal, Friends of the Earth and NEF to develop the idea, a campaign which culminated in the adoption of the SNIB policy by the Scottish Government.

Publications

Tackling energy poverty through social intrapreneurship in large-scale energy companies
Manjon Maria-Jose, Merino Amparo, Cairns Iain
Social Enterprise Journal Vol 17, pp. 604-624 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1108/SEJ-11-2020-0103
Policies to unleash UK community energy finance
Hannon Matthew, Cairns Iain, Braunholtz-Speight Tim, Hardy Jeff, McLachlan Carly, Mander Sarah, Sharmina Maria
British Institute of Energy Economics (2021)
The long term future for community energy in Great Britain : a co-created vision of a thriving sector and steps towards realising it
Braunholtz-Speight Tim, McLachlan Carly, Mander Sarah, Hannon Matthew, Hardy Jeff, Cairns Iain, Sharmina Maria, Manderson Edward
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 78 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102044
Financing Community Energy Case Studies : Edinburgh Community Solar Cooperative
Cairns Iain, Hannon Matthew, Braunholtz-Speight Tim, McLachlan Carly, Mander Sarah, Manderson Edward, Sharmina Maria, Hardy Jeff
(2020)
https://doi.org/10.17868/69787
Financing Community Energy Case Studies : Green Energy Mull
Cairns Iain, Hannon Matthew, Braunholtz-Speight Tim, Hardy Jeff, McLachlan Carly, Mander Sarah, Manderson Edward, Sharmina Maria
(2020)
https://doi.org/10.17868/69788
Financing Community Energy Case Studies : Gwent Energy CIC
Cairns Iain, Hannon Matthew, Braunholtz-Speight Tim, McLachlan Carly, Mander Sarah, Manderson Edward, Sharmina Maria, Hardy Jeff
(2020)
https://doi.org/10.17868/69789

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Teaching

I bring interdisciplinary knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach to my teaching work. I have degrees in politics and history, human geography and management and I have taught English, modern studies, history, sociology, psychology, anthropology and social entrepreneurship.

Address

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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