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Institutional theory; Institutional complexity; Hybrid organizing; Social entrepreneurship, Social innovation, Health and Education; Cranfield University

Orsolya Ihasz has spent the last 10 years supporting the change that innovative ideas can bring to people’s lives and promoting the role of technology commercialization, as part of her previous position at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Judge Business School. Orsi has also held positions at the Cambridge University Technology Club, Innovation Forum, NHS Innovation Council and has been a member of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP); outside Cambridge, she has worked with the European Commission DG Youth, the United Nations and United Nations Development Programme.

After her research on social entrepreneurial identity formation and hybrid organizational models at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, Orsi is currently conducting her PhD at Cranfield University on the role of technology innovation to address problems associated with health and education.  The research contributes towards the argument of challenging institutional logics when organizing for social change and the understanding of capability and legitimacy building in the context of social entrepreneurship. She theorizes the organizing practices and strategies whereby competing demands and ethical dilemmas are managed.

Orsi’s commitment to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals is shown not only by her current research but also by her previous work as the Enterprisers project lead at CfEL, in which she promoted cross-departmental collaborations geared towards global development problems. Moreover, prior to her work in Cambridge, her research focused on social policy associated with the alleviation to poverty and promoting youth-led development on a global scale resulting to a policy paper on the voice of young people.

Orsi’s motivation to join the Global Challenges Forum stems from her experience as an intern with Peace Child International, working with young people globally to promote youth-participation on a policy level to tackle the challenges associated with the Millennium Development Goals.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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