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Christopher Pietroni

Professor of Leadership Practice Director of the Birmingham Leadership Institute, University of Birmingham

Christopher is Professor of Leadership Practice at the University of Birmingham where he is Director of the Birmingham Leadership Institute. His work focuses on leadership in complex systems with a particular interest in applying and adapting research and practice from narrative, framing, social movements and adaptive leadership. In addition to academic teaching and writing, Christopher leads programmes and masterclasses and consults extensively in the UK, Europe and the US working across public, private, voluntary and community bodies seeking to support progress on complex social challenges.


  • 2013–2019
    Director, Leading Communities
  • 2006–2009
    Corporate Director, Local Government Association


  • 2009 
    John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MPA
  • 1995 
    University of Warwick, MA - Social & Religious History 1500-1700
  • 1994 
    University of Oxford, BA


  • 2022
    Leadership Development and Executive Education: Round Peg, Square Hole?, Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education