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Dr Sarah Bailey

Dr Sarah Bailey

Lecturer in Leadership


01392 722127

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

I joined the Business School to teach leadership and strategy and lead a module on the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme. 

I gained my doctoral thesis from Exeter in 2019, entitled 'Social enterprise partnerships: Exploring the experience of partnership for social enterprises in the UK' and joined the business school immediately upon completion. Before studying for my PhD I was an MBA student on the One Planet MBA at Exeter in 2011/12. I have worked on several research projects across the university including international work on research collaboration, coordinating impact case studies for the business school and impact reporting for the Centre for Leisure & Tourism. 

I continue my research partnership and collaboration within the social economy. When I am not at work I am walking my dog, or on the beach in Cornwall with my nephew and niece.


  • PhD
  • MBA
  • BA Hons


Research interests

  • social enterprise
  • partnership/collaboration, interorganisational working
  • hybrid organisations/organising
  • social entrepreneurship

Social enterprises and social entrepreneurship take many forms in our fast-changing societies. We rely on social purpose organisations for many of our most vital services, and they support some of our most vulnerable citizens, and yet they remain little understood and under-researched. The macro-policy environment in the UK, and in Europe more broadly, has had a profound impact on how these organisations and individuals conduct their business. Changes to the structure of the welfare state, and the effects of austerity have led to the proliferation of cross-sector partnerships involving social enterprises. My research focuses on explicating the experiences of social enterprises in partnerships and the dynamics of interorganisational working across boundaries, both organisational and sectoral. I am interested in the value of collaborative working and in the ways that multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary responses to social issues can facilitate creative and innovative responses to our most intractable problems.

Research projects

I am currently working on publications in connection with my thesis on social enterprise partnerships and the dynamics of collaboration in the social economy. 

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category

Publications by year


Bailey S (2019). Social enterprise partnerships: exploring the experience of partnership for social enterprises in the UK.  Abstract.

I teach across a number of modules on the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme, including the Foundations of Strategy and Leadership and project advising on Work Based Learning Projects. I also supervise a number of Exeter MBA students and I am the Programme Director for the With Proficiency in Leadership (WPiL) Pathway.



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