Toby Lowe | Faculty

Toby Lowe

I am a Newcastle University Research Fellow, working for Newcastle University Business School and based at OpenLab. I work on the Digital Civics project, exploring ways to improve the performance of social interventions. I am interested in helping those engaging in social change to be more effective at what they do.

My background is in Political Philosophy, where I explored the concept of community: what it means, and what a politics that took community seriously would look like.

Following my PhD, I left academia for 15 years. I worked in the fields of regeneration, social inclusion and the arts, in both policy and delivery roles. Most recently, I was Chief Executive of Helix Arts, an organisation which promotes equality of opportunity to make art.

My role at the Business School also includes developing relationships between the University and those seeking to create social change. This includes developing the Leaders Network for Social Change, and the Little Heresies in Public Policy seminar series.

I'm currently working with Lankelly Chase on their system change project - see what we're up to here:  and supporting funders and commissioners to develop trust-based funding mechanisms.


The Institutional Work of creating and implementing Social Impact Bonds
Lowe T, Kimmitt J, Wilson R, Martin M, Gibbon J, Policy and Politics
Accountability work: Examining the values, technologies and work practices that facilitate transparency in Charities
Marshall M, Vines J, Wright P, Kirk DS, Lowe T, Wilson R, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Debate: Complexity and the performance of social interventions
Lowe T, Public Money and Management79-80
Performance management in the voluntary sector – responding to complexity
Lowe T, Voluntary Sector Review319-331
Playing the game of Outcomes-Based Performance Management. Is gamesmanship inevitable? Evidence from theory and practice
Lowe T, Wilson R, Social Policy and Administration981-1001
What Happens to Digital Feedback?: Studying the Use of a Feedback Capture Platform by Care Organisations
Dow A, Vines J, Lowe T, Comber R, Wilson R, ACM SIGCHI (CHI) 20175813-5825


Managing the performance of social interventions. What can we learn from a complex systems approach?
Lowe T, Wilson R, British Academy of Management (BAM)
Kittens are Evil : Little Heresies in Public Policy
Pell C, Wilson R, Lowe T, ed, 100


New development: The paradox of outcomes—the more we measure, the less we understand
Lowe T, Public Money and Management213-216


The Communitarian Critique of the Market
Lowe T, Ethics and the Market63-91


Communitarianism as a Blind Alley? A Reply to Lacey and Frazer
Lowe T, Politics103-108
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