Prof Tim Blackman – Principal Investigator

Prof Tim Blackman

Prof Tim Blackman


Tim Blackman was the Principal Investigator on the OU’s Catalyst project (now Vice Chancellor at Middlesex University). As PI Tim acted as a high-level strategic champion for the project, ensuring senior management commitment to delivery of the programme.


Tim Blackman joined the OU from Durham University where he was Dean of the University’s campus in Stockton-on-Tees and Director of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. A Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, he graduated in Geography and studied at Durham for a PhD in Urban Sociology. He was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004.

Tim was previously Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham (2005-07), Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Teesside (2000-2004), Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University (1995-2000), and Head of Research at Newcastle City Council (1990-95).