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Dr Francesca Calo

Francesca Calo

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Professional biography

Dr. Francesca Calo (PhD) is a Lecturer in Management at the Department of Public Leadership & Social Enterprise, where she brings academic experience from posts held in the UK and Italy. Prior to joining the Open University, she was a Post Doc Researcher at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, working as researcher and project manager at the EU H2020 funded project SIRIUS and a Research fellow at CERGAS Bocconi University. She holds a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University and a Double Degree MSc in International Management from Bocconi University and Fudan University.

Research interests

Dr Calo research interests include social enterprise and third sector organisation in health and social care, impact evaluation methods and social innovation. Some of the topics she is currently researching are: coproduction and relation between third sector and public sector; third sector as a facilitator of integration of migrants and refugees; methods for the evaluation of social enterprise and third sector contribution to health and well-being; social innovation processes in rural area. Her research was funded by European Commission, Scottish Government and Italian philanthropic foundations.

Teaching interests

Dr Calo teaching interests centre around the areas of third sector and social enterprise management. In the past she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules on social enterprise and social innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University and third sector management at Bocconi University.

Impact and engagement

Dr Calo has collaborated to the organisation of international policy dialogue workshops in Bruxelles. She has been invited to participate to the Scottish Government New Scots Refugees Integration Strategy Evidence Group and she was the main coordinator of the “Flash Mob for integration” during the Glasgow Science Festival 2018.

She collaborates with the following research network:

EMES (International Research Network);

ISIRC (Social Innovation Research Conference);

ISTR (International Society for Third Sector Research)

Publications

Can Public Venture Capital Support Sustainability in the Social Economy? Evidence from the Social Innovation Fund. (2020-06)
Vanderhoven, Ellen; Steiner, Artur; Calo, Francesca and Teasdale, Simon
Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 13, Article e00166


The Impact of a Community‐Based Music Intervention on the Health and Well‐Being of Young People: A Realist Evaluation (2020-04-01)
Calo, Francesca; Steiner, Artur; Millar, Stephen and Teasdale, Simon
Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(3) (pp. 988-997)


COOL Music: a ‘bottom-up’ music intervention for hard-to-reach young people in Scotland (2020-03)
Millar, Stephen; Steiner, Artur; Calo, Francesca and Teasdale, Simon
British Journal of Music Education, 37(1) (pp. 87-98)


Co-production and the third sector: conceptualising different approaches to service user involvement (2020)
Mazzei, Micaela; Teasdale, Simon; Calo, Francesca and Roy, Michael
Public Management Review, 22(9) (pp. 1265-1283)


Exploring the contribution of social enterprise to health and social care: A realist evaluation (2019)
Calo, Francesca; Roy, Michael; Donaldson, Cam; Teasdale, Simon and Baglioni, Simone
Social Science and Medicine, 222 (pp. 154-161)


Are foundations assessing their impact? Concepts, methods and barriers to social impact assessment in Italian foundations (2018-12)
Ricciuti, Elisa and Calo, Francesca
International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, 15(4) (pp. 553-574)


Collaborator or competitor: assessing the evidence supporting the role of social enterprise in health and social care (2018)
Calò, Francesca; Teasdale, Simon; Donaldson, Cam; Roy, Michael J. and Baglioni, Simone
Public Management Review, 20(12) (pp. 1790-1814)


Further Limits to Institutional Isomorphism? Introducing the ‘Neo-contingency Approach’ to the Field of Community-Led Social Ventures (2015-12)
Roy, Michael; Katsunori, Sato and Calo, Francesca
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations, 26(6) (pp. 2536-2553)


Governance and Social Enterprise (2018)
Baglioni, Simone and Calò, Francesca
In: Farazmand, Ali ed. Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance
ISBN : 978-3-319-20928-9 | Publisher : Springer International Publishing


NGOs and Governance (2017)
Ricciuti, Elisa and Calo, Francesca
In: Farazmand, Ali ed. Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance
ISBN : 978-3-319-20928-9 | Publisher : Springer International Publishing


Introduction—Food Security and Food Waste Reduction: A Social Innovation Approach to Current Social, Environmental, and Political Concerns (2017)
Baglioni, Simone; Calò, Francesca; Garrone, Paola and Molteni, Mario
In: Baglioni, Simone; Calò, Francesca; Garrone, Paola and Molteni, Mario eds. Foodsaving in Europe: At the Crossroad of Social Innovation (pp. 1-9)
ISBN : 978-3-319-56555-2 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan


Governing the zoo (2016-10-28)
Calò, Francesca and Teasdale, Simon
In: Young, Dennis R.; Searing, Elizabeth A.M. and Brewer, Cassady V. eds. The Social Enterprise Zoo: A Guide for Perplexed Scholars, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Leaders, Investors and Policymakers (pp. 193-212)
ISBN : 9781784716059 | Publisher : Edward Elgar


Foodsaving in Europe. At the Crossroad of Social Innovation (2017)
Baglioni, Simone; Calò, Francesca; Garrone, Paola and Molteni, Mario eds.
ISBN : 978-3-319-56555-2 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan