SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge
Prof Tim May
Prof Tim May
postal addressCentre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF), Joule House, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT.
email addresst.may@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 295 4018
website addresshttp://www.surf.salford.ac.uk
Key Memberships
From January 2001 to September 2010.
From January 2001 to present.
From September 2015 to present.
Profile Summary

Tim holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1985) and the Universities of Surrey (1986) and Plymouth (1990). This followed a first career as an engineer in the agricultural sector and then an evening return-to-study course, during which time he worked in the retail sector. Tim was employed at the Universities of Plymouth (1990-95) and Durham (1995-99) before moving to Salford in September 1999 and then joining SURF in 2001 after which he became the Lead Director.

 

The total grant income to SURF since 2000 has been £6.5M from national research council funding (ESRC AHRC and EPSRC), international (European Commission, Mistra, Ford Foundation and Copenhagen University) and national and regional and local sources (Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and South Bank Universities, Strategic Health Authorities, Manchester and Salford City Councils, Regional Development Agencies, Business Sector, NESTA and Government Departments). The Centre has been commended for its social scientific impact and policy relevance.

 

Tim’s intellectual interests centre upon the relationship between knowledge, strategy, context and practice. He has developed these in a variety of fields and settings for different clients and funders including: universities; local government; regional and city innovation and knowledge partnerships; international and national research council funded programmes; Whitehall and regional agencies; health, probation, prison and social services and the small, medium and large business sectors.

 

Tim’s research focuses on knowledge generation and reception, sustainability, policy formulation and implementation and organizational actions and outcomes at different levels: from the local, to city, regional, national and international scales. The roles of management, culture, communication and coordination and intelligence, all feature in his work, along with concerns over the future of the university as a distinctive site of knowledge production and the place of active intermediation and urban nowledge arenas in achieving transformation. Tim’s work includes being seconded to the Mistra Urban Futures Centre, based in Gothenburg, Sweden and working on an EPSRC funded Retrofit programme and an AHRC Cultural Intermediaries project. His role for Mistra concerned the development of the ideas that informed the calls to bid for the Centre and he then took a lead role in developing an international comparative project on knowledge, governance and urban policy. His project roles focus on reflexive practice in the development of research and learning and engagement with different groups and communities.

 

In addition to his managerial, research and policy activities and experiences, Tim has given numerous talks nationally and internationally, as well having served on selection committees and commissioning bodies. The topics of his writings include the following: universities and socio-economic development and engagement; urban and science policy; innovation; knowledge and sustainability; management and organizational change; politics and regional representation; social theory; research methodology and methods; thinking sociologically and philosophy of science and social science.

 

Tim has authored, co-authored and edited 14 books (including new editions) that have been translated into 15 languages and he has co-edited 7 special editions of journals. He was the editor of an international book series (‘Issues in Society’, Open University Press/McGraw-Hill) in which seventeen books were published by leading authors from 1998-2010. He has written over one hundred and eighty articles, book chapters, research reports, government submissions, policy briefings and articles in different media. With Beth Perry, he is currently working on three books: ‘Reflexivity’ (Sage), ‘Cities and Knowledge’ (Routledge) and ‘Social Research’ (5th edition, McGraw-Hill). He is also writing a third edition (with Zygmunt Bauman) of ‘Thinking Sociologically’ (Wiley-Blackwell), as well as articles on cities, class, governance and knowledge. 

 

Key Qualifications
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1986
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1978
Key Projects
2016
Apr
Mistra Urban Futures 2016 Extension
MISTRA, £91,165.00.
Principal Investigator: B Perry (80%). Co-Investigator: T May (20%).
2016
Jan
2014
Oct
Putting Food Banks out of Business? Digital Transformations and Local Capacity-Building for Long-Term Systemic Change
The Communities and Culture Network +, £27,995.00.
Principal Investigator: B Perry (75%). Co-Investigators: M Hardman (8%), T May (10%), G Sherriff (8%).
2012
Jul
MISTRA - Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform (LIP) [Extension to PMRA17]
MISTRA, £571,930.00.
Principal Investigator: B Perry (51%). Co-Investigators: M Hardman (1%), G Sherriff (1%), T May (47%).
2012
Jul
MISTRA - Urban Futures Arena
MISTRA, £351,863.00.
Principal Investigator: T May (100%).
2012
Jan
Cultural intermediation: connecting communities in the creative urban economy
AHRC, £457,377.00.
Principal Investigator: B Perry (80%). Co-Investigator: T May (20%).
2010
Jul
Mistra Urban Futures
Chalmers University of Technology, £449,965.00.
Principal Investigator: T May (60%). Co-Investigators: B Perry (30%), M Hodson (10%).
2010
Jun
Re-Engineering the City 2020-2050: Urban Foresight and Transition Management (SUE 3)
EPSRC, £575,262.00.
Principal Investigator: M Hodson (50%). Co-Investigator: T May (50%).
2009
Jul
Innovative Urban Environments
Manchester Enterprises Ltd, £69,500.00.
Principal Investigator: T May (50%). Co-Investigator: B Perry (50%).
2008
Mar
Cities and Sustainability - Urban Ecological Security: The new urban paradigm?
University of Copenhagen, £14,994.00.
Investigators: M Hodson (33%), T May (33%), S Marvin (33%).
2007
Aug
From Organisational Translation to Transformation
ESRC, £37,641.00.
Investigator: T May (100%).
2007
Mar
Mistra Pre-Research Project Sustainable Urban Development
MISTRA, £23,000.00.
Investigators: S Marvin (47%), M Hodson (3%), T May (47%), B Perry (3%).
2007
Jan
Business and Knowledge Based Region
ESRC, £41,270.00.
Investigators: T May (40%), B Perry (60%).
2003
Jul
Business and Regional Governance
North West Development Agency, £39,000.00.
Investigator: T May (100%).
2003
Jul
Trent NHS Workforce
Trent NHS Workforce Development Confederation, £153,400.00.
Investigator: T May (100%).
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Other Journal Articles
Book Sections
Edited Books
Guest Editorships of Journals
Other Publications
Papers in Published Conference Proceedings
Reports for External Bodies
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Key Presence
Conference Organisation
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Conference Presentations
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External Examiner Duties
2007
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Ph.D. examiner for: 'Defensive Medicine: Risk and Reflexivity - a Qualitative and Transformative Study of Medical Practice'

2005
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Ph.D. examiner for: 'Defensive Medicine: Risk and Reflexivity - a Qualitative and Transformative Study of Medical Practice'

2004
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External assessor for: Director, Institute for Urban Regeneration and Social Policy

2001
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Ph.D. examiner for: 'Foucauldian Gerontology: Discourse and Subject Position: A New Approach'

2001
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External examiner for: M.Sc in Social Research, Department of Sociology, 2001-2002

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Ph.D examiner for: 'Discipline at Work'

2001
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Ph.D. examiner for: 'Communications Management: Development and Opportunities'

2000
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Examiner for: B.A and B.Sc in Sociology, Department of Sociology, 2000-2002

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Other Research Activity
2009
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 With Beth Perry. Manchester: Knowledge Capital. With Manchester Institute of Research Innovation as Partners. £139,000.

2008
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With Simon Marvin and Mike Hodson. University of Copenhagen. £15,000.

2007
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 With Beth Perry. British Business Chambers. £25,000.

2007
Dec

With Beth Perry. British Business Chambers. £24,500.

2007
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With Simon Marvin. Amion Limited. £4,200.

2007
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With Beth Perry. Science Cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and York). £10,575.

2006
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With Beth Perry. Science Cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and York). £58,750.

2006
Sep

SURF (lead partner) with PREST Manchester) and Centre of Enterprise (MMU). CONTACT Partnership (Universities of Manchester, Salford and MMU). £40,000.

2006
Jan

With Simon Marvin. Government Office for the North West. £75,000.

2005
Nov

With Beth Perry. Science and Society Programme, ESRC. £8,000.

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Jan

London South Bank University. £52,149.

2004
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As Core Member. Grant Holder and Director: Davydd Greenwood, European Studies Institute, Cornell University. Ford Foundation. $200,000.

2003
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With Beth Perry. CONTACT Partnership (Universities of Manchester, UMIST, Salford and MMU). £40,000.

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With Simon Marvin and Alan Harding. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). £115,000 (original proposal £197,000 - curtailed due to ODPM decision as a result of North East vote on Elected Regional Assemblies).more >>.

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With Simon Marvin and Beth Perry. ESRC. £41,300.

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With Simon Marvin, Beth Perry and Marika Puglisi. £49,800.

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Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures and Institute for Social Research, University of Salford

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 With Beth Perry. North-West Development Agency. £6,000.

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With Chris Allan. Academic Development Fund, University of Salford. £50,000.

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With Beth Perry. Peel Holdings, plc. £98,000.

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ESRC Seminar Series 2002-05. Seminar Leader and team member, directed and led by Pauline Gleadle, Open University. ESRC. £11,950

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With Alan Harding and Simon Marvin. Manchester City Council. £9,900

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 The Research and Graduate College, University of Salford. £5,000.

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2nd round Higher Education Reach Out Fund (HEFCE). With Simon Marvin and Alan Harding. £50,000.

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2005
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With Professor Simon Marvin, to Government Office North West for developmental programme 'From Information to Intelligence'

2001
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University of Salford

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University of Salford

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