Tuukka Toivonen

PhD, UCL & LSE and Creative Friction Ltd.

Tuukka Toivonen PhD (Oxon.) is an expert on creativity in entrepreneurship, collaborative spaces and social innovation. After completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2009, Tuukka worked in global academia for a decade, becoming Senior Lecturer in Social and Economic Innovation at UCL in 2016.

He currently heads Creative Friction Ltd, a research agency that specialises in the creative process, innovation programmes and coworking. He also serves as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL STEaPP and maintains links with several other leading academic institutions.

Tuukka’s empirical creativity research has been funded by the ESRC, the Skoll Foundation, think tanks as well as several university funds. He draws inspiration from a prior life in music, from fashion and design, sustainable life-styles, Japanese culture, as well as life in Hackney. Tuukka regularly mentors social entrepreneurs as well as graduate students.

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