Biography / Academic Profile
Chay is a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield.
Chay completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge which explored the geographies of American philanthropy and its emergence as a catalyst of economic, political and social change. Chay was Director of Studies in Geography at Queens' College, University of Cambridge until 2015. Chay joined Sheffield University Management School in 2014 as a Research Associate focusing on local economic development within the region. This was followed by a prominent role within the ESRC-Innovate UK Innovation Caucus providing social science insights to inform the future directions of UK innovation policy.
Teaching and Learning
Chay teaches modules in entrepreneurship at SUMS. This includes delivering conceptually-driven lectures that provide a critical lens on contemporary and historical understandings of entrepreneurial activities.
Chay has a strong commitment to using his theoretical and empirical research interests to provide students with an informed and engaged approach to entrepreneurship and management. He has experience of teaching and utilising different pedagogical methods across a range of social science courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Chay has extensive experience in the provision of pastoral support to students and helps them to achieve successful futures beyond higher education.
Chay is a member of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). Chay's research explores the development and practices of entrepreneurial philanthropy, specifically how philanthropy works to shape economies and societies through the support of institutions and direct engagement in projects. This includes exploring the social responsibilities of international foundations, corporate philanthropies and the philosophies of philanthropic giving at regional and international scales.
Chay has wider interests in the role of institutions as forces that shape enterprise and innovation on a regional scale. He has a strong research background in regional economic development which has been developed through a combination of academic and practitioner-focused outputs with national and regional policy makers and stakeholders.
Areas of Research Supervision
Chay is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:
• Global philanthropy
• International entrepreneurship and small business
• Local economic development
• Historical and social entrepreneurship