Professor Karl Dayson is Associate Dean (Research and innovation) and was previously Director of the Salford Institute of Public Policy. He was elected a Royal Society of Arts Fellow in 2009. He is also the co-founder of Community Finance Solutions (CFS), a research and development unit within the University of Salford. CFS specialises in researching and developing alternative financial providers and services based on the needs of citizens. Under Karl’s leadership CFS won the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community in 2005 and they have been involved in the creation of 13 microfinance institutions across England. In 2008, with Pål Vik, he won the European Microfinance Network’s ‘Research Paper of the Year’ for their work 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. He now sits as the independent member of the Code of Conduct's Steering Committee. His current research includes the future of community finance, deploying FinTech solutions to address financial exclusion and assessing the cultural and social impact of microfinance. Alongside this Karl has work on the development of Community Land Trusts in England and Wales.
Karl is a member of the University’s Research Committee and is the Chair of Monyline’s Social Impact Board (Moneyline are the largest social enterprise in the country delivering personal financial services in low-income communities)