About Dr Ruth Knight

Dr Ruth Knight was challenged when she was just 18 years old and visited the slums in India. That experience has led her to spend over 30 years working to create social change in the UK and Australia.

Ruth’s research has led her to discover that we can all choose to challenge poverty, homelessness and injustice, and while we often think charities are the best organisations to do this, today some of the biggest social challenges in our communities are being met by business and social enterprises.

These days Ruth spends a lot of time at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies with students, educators and researchers who are pushing boundaries and facilitating real world solutions to wicked problems.

Dr Ruth Knight is a researcher and lecturer at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Ruth has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership roles and has spent many years researching how workplace culture can achieve engaged workforces and organisational sustainability. Ruth gained her PhD from QUT by studying organisational culture and change.

Her special interests are measuring social outcomes and developing high performing leaders and teams. Ruth is on a mission to advance quality research and practice in the sector to enable organisations create effective strategies that improve their impact.

With a passion for developing people and creating social change, Ruth was awarded the Centenary Medal “For distinguished services to the community” and in 2010 Ruth was the recipient of Women at Work’s Most Outstanding Inspirational Role Model Award.

Ruth is a researcher, speaker and solutions expert who will motivate, equip and inspire you to take action.

The importance of giving

Ruth will join us at our breakfast event to share how supporting women is essential for economies and communities to thrive. 

Ruth will reveal the benefits of collective individualism to tackle social issues, how tackling significant issues together can bring amazing results and how giving to others increases our health and wellbeing – making us healthier, happier and sexier!  

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A breakfast event to celebrate International Women's Day 2021

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