Peter Heslam

maxresdefaultPeter Heslam focuses on the interface of business, faith, and development. Although largely overlooked, he believes greater understanding of this interface will help deliver practical change that increases human and environmental well-being. As director of Transforming Business, based in Cambridge, he works particularly closely with business academics and business leaders and is a prolific writer, speaker, researcher, and commentator on the socio-economic role of business. His academic background includes social science and theology, and he holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. His publications include a book on the Dutch thinker, social entrepreneur and former Prime Minister, Abraham Kuyper. Some of his current research covers Kuyper’s thinking on socio-economic empowerment in Islamic contexts.

Peter lectures to university and business audiences around the world and has been Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Oxford; Director of the Capitalism Project at the London Institute; the Convenor of JustShare; an Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury on the issue of globalization; an OCCC Fellow of Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford; a CARTS Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity; and Research Associate of the Hügel Institute at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. The recipient of a number of awards, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the International Leadership Association and an adviser to Beyond Profit, Entrepreneurial Leaders, and to the journals Faith in Business Quarterly and the Journal of Markets and Morality. He is also a Visiting Professor at Yunnan University in China and at the Institute of Sino-Christian Studies in Hong Kong. He has served as a judge in various international business competitions.

News & Events

24th Apr 2018

CIRIS Research Associate Leor Zmigrod Publishes Paper on Psychology of Brexit Voting

CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]



21st Feb 2018

Interview: Christopher Douglas on ‘Religion and Fake News’

In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]


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