Prof Tim Blackman – Principal Investigator

Prof Tim Blackman
Prof Tim Blackman


Tim Blackman is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at The Open University, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Scholarship and Quality, and a member of the University's Executive team. As Principal Investigator on the OU's Catalyst project Tim acts as a high-level strategic champion for the project, ensuring senior management commitment to delivery of the programme.


Tim Blackman joined the OU from Durham University where he was Dean of the University's campus in Stockton-on-Tees and Director of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. A Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, he graduated in Geography and studied at Durham for a PhD in Urban Sociology. He was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004.

Tim was previously Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham (2005-07), Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Teesside (2000-2004), Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University (1995-2000), and Head of Research at Newcastle City Council (1990-95).


Professor Tim Blackman

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Quality)

The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 654859