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Professor Karl Dayson

Dean of Research

Karl DaysonHaving previously been Associate Dean (Research and  Innovation) in the School of Arts and Media, Karl was promoted to Dean of  Research in May 2017. Karl’s role incorporates the strategic direction of  research at Salford, the Research Excellence Framework submission, and  development of a successful and vibrant postgraduate research community. He  also manages the Research and Knowledge Exchange team.

An economic sociologist, Karl’s research has  focused on alternative forms of finance and issues related to financial  inclusion. His PhD was on the paradox of the simultaneous demutualisation of  building societies and mutualisation of financial inclusion, which led to the  creation of Community Finance Solutions (CFS), a research and development  unit within the university. Much of his early work was around community owned  finance bodies and the creation of a dozen Community Development Finance  Institutions in England.

These organisations sought to address access to  finance issues faced by SMEs and households within some of the poorest  areas in the country. The activity involved worked closely with Barclays and  Lloyds banks, the Bank of England and officials from H.M. Treasury and the  Financial Services Authority. Karl and CFS were recognised for their groundbreaking  work with the award of the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Contribution  to the Community in 2005.

In 2008, with Pål Vik, he won the European  Microfinance Networks, Research Paper of the Year for their research on  sustainability of microfinance institutions. This led to work for the  European Commission on the future of microcredit across the continent and the  production of the ‘European Code of Conduct for Microcredit Providers in  Europe’ in 2011 and subsequent work on the methodology and implementation of  the Code. Today, Karl sits on the Code’s Steering Committee along with  colleagues from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.

Karl’s current research focuses on the role of  technology in address financial inclusion and the creation of Fintech community  finance institutions.