Paul Dewick is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, and Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Keele Business School, Keele University. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Future Earth's Knowledge Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (https://futureearth.org/networks/knowledge-action-networks/systems-of-sustainable-consumption-and-production/), and co-leads the Working Group on Circular Economy (https://sscp.futureearth.org/our-work/working-group-circular-economy/).
Paul's research explores the role of innovation in systems of sustainable consumption and production. Much of Paul's past work has looked at eco-innovation in the food and built environment sectors. More recently he has explored the factors facilitating and hindering the circular economy, and the sustainability implications of innovations stimulated by crises. His research has been funded by external grants totalling over £1.5m, including, most recently, funding in 2021 from the British Academy to explore regenerative and circular practices in the Amazon region, and in 2020 from the US National Science Foundation to establish a series of working groups exploring how COVID19 can contribute to sustainability transitions.
Between 2007 and 2018 Paul was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at AMBS. He was awarded The University of Manchester Distinguished Achievement Award Teacher of the Year in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to innovation in teaching and excellence in education. He was MBS Academic of the Year for undergraduate programmes in 2011 and a member of the MBS Teaching Academy. He is an alumnus of the International Teachers Programme, which he attended at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago in 2011.
Since 2016 he has taken his innovative teaching and learning approach beyond the classroom to tackle environmental and social challenges. With funding totalling over £550k from ESRC IAA (2016), Greater Manchester Academic Health Sciences Network (2017), Innovation Fund Denmark (2018), Health Innovation Manchester (2018), ICURe (2019) and Innovate UK (2020), he has worked with Dr Emma Stanmore from UoM's School of Health Sciences and external collaborators to develop digital technology solutions to empower older people to self manage their health and optimise healthy ageing and independence. In 2020, Emma and Paul spun out the company as KOKU Health Ltd (www.kokuhealth.com). Their work was recognised with an award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Social Innovation' at The University of Manchester 'Making a Difference for Social Responsibility 2019' (http://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/get-involved/awards/award-winners-and-highly-commended-2019/).