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Tim May Professor of Social Science Methodology, Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield

Professor Tim May is Professor of Social Science Methodology at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield. Tim’s intellectual interests focus upon methodology and in particular, 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. He is currently working, with Beth Perry in the Urban Institute, on two ESRC grants (‘Jam and Justice’ and ‘Knowledge Matters’) and Mistra Urban Futures based in Gothenburg, Sweden, with partners in Cape Town, South Africa and Kisumu, Kenya.

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