Justin Larner MRes MA BSc MCMI

Justin Larner is an experienced researcher, taking a reflective approach in the design of networked business models to achieve more than economic gain, building on his community development and management experience. Through this experience, he has gained an appreciation of the deeper issues with stakeholder involvement in social enterprise governance and the potential for open source to inform the development of networked organisations in the context of the collaborative economy.

Justin is completing research on the EPSRC funded HighWire PhD programme at Lancaster University. In the first two years of the programme, this research first led to the open source guild model, then to the realisation that open source can be a mechanism for entrepreneurs to create power-balanced organisational structures with their stakeholders. In 2016, he worked with researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden to explore how guild-like and trade union-like structures can inspire sustainable networks of organisations in the collaborative economy. Collaboration with other PhD researchers in the Digital Economy Network in 2016 led to a deeper appreciation of the role design can play in promoting critical reflection in both researchers and research participants.

The work on the HighWire programme builds on research Justin undertook for the Manchester University Sustainable Consumption Institute in 2010 and 2011 that explored how open source techniques could be applied in contexts other than software development. From 2008 to 2010 he completed a part-time MA at Liverpool John Moores University, focusing on the effectiveness of stakeholder involvement in social enterprise governance in 14 social enterprises in the North West of England, gaining a Distinction in 2011.

As Development Manager for Mind in Manchester from 2000-2010, Justin developed the Mind Mentors project that was the first in the UK to apply the principles of mentoring to support people with severe and enduring mental health needs in the community. Overall, he raised over £1M of funding for services and projects during this time from statutory sources, charitable trusts and the National Lottery. This led to being invited to work with the Trustees of Salford Mind in 2005-6 to provide interim management after a difficult period. This work was instrumental in bringing the committee, funders and other stakeholders together, and the charity was able to re-launch with new staff, committee members and projects. Undertaking the Management and Leadership in Mental Health Services course at the Cassel Hospital in 2006 led to a deeper understanding of the unconscious issues that can cause problems in organisations and of the importance of organisational mental health.

Publications include:

The open source guild: creating more sustainable enterprise?

Beyond Box-Ticking: a study of stakeholder involvement in social enterprise governance

Exploring a new producer-consumer interaction model for facilitating collective action in the collaborative economy (page 10)

The Psychological Implications of Stakeholder Involvement in Social Enterprise Governance

Critical reflection on data publics: a multi-methodology perspective

Justin has also worked in publishing, helped small businesses get to grips with computer technology, improved the environment at Groundwork and typed in thousands of barcodes for a fabric retailer.

A full CV is available on request.