Toby Lowe

Toby Lowe

I’m a Senior Research Associate, working on the social care strand of the Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC). My background is in political philosophy, where I explored the concept of community: what it means, and what a politics that took community seriously would look like.

Following my PhD, I left academia for 15 years. I worked in the fields of regeneration, social inclusion and the arts, in both policy and delivery roles. Most recently, I was Chief Executive of Helix Arts, an organisation which promotes equality of opportunity to make art.

My research is in public and social sector performance management. It focusses on helping those engaging in social change to be more effective at what they do. I also help to develop relationships between the University and those seeking to create social change. This includes developing the Leaders Network for Social Change, and the Little Heresies in Public Policy seminar series.

I’m currently working on:

  • The ‘Funding in Complex Ecologies’ programme – helping funders and commissioners of social change to build relationships of mutual trust with those who undertake social change activity
  • Helping the Lankelly Chase Foundation to improve the way that local systems support people who experience severe and multiple disadvantage – see what we’re up to here.