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Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou, PhD, FHEA, MSc, LLM

I am an international academic in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship with several years of international practitioner experience in senior positions (strategic affairs and planning, corporate social responsibility, advisory, training, company ownership).

At the University level, I am a Strategic sub- theme Leader for Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as an Academic Mentor for the Doctoral Training Centre in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPIE).

I have several years of teaching experience and teaching team leadership at postgraduate (MSc),  faculty-level MRes, and international post-experience MBA (Europe, Gulf countries, S. East Asia  and Hong Kong). Currently, I also lead on the international strategic development of the Strathclyde DBA, with a particular focus on the GCC.

My research as PI and Co-I has been funded by internal as well as external grants, including Newton Fund and GCRF (Scottish Funding Council).

I have played an active part in a number of established management conferences (AoM, EURAM, BAM) through subject matter leadership and committee citizenship, and I have also received the  best paper award of the SIG Entrepreneurship at EURAM 2017.

Between 2016-2019, I served as an Associate Editor for the  ABS 3* Journal European Management Review. 

I have a  comprehensive scholarship profile which includes 19 published papers, in journals such as Human Resource Management (FT50 list), Journal of Small Business Management, R&D Management, European Management Review, Organization & Environment, International Journal of Human Resource Management, as well as editorship of  5  journal Special Issues- one of them for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development- and 4 books with E. Elgar and Routledge. 

I have acted as external PhD  examiner  (UK and Australia) as well as a supervisor for multiple PhD students (different funding schemes including split-side with European universities). I have also mentored and supported various ECRs and PhD students in a number of PhD Colloquia and dedicated workshops.

I am an external advisor to the new Leadership coaching programme at George Washington University, Centre of Excellence in Public Leadership DC., USA, which focuses on supporting organisations and communities for greater presence and impact, in alignment to the UN SDGs.

I am highly experienced with international MBA alumni engagement activities, including hosting Thought Leadership series, supporting alumni start-ups through the creative ideation/ concept refinement and internationalisation process, as well as developing and running international engagement events with strategic partners (government, diplomatic missions, private sector, enterprises). 

I have also acted numerous times as an International Judge for industry and research initiatives  in social and sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship (Shell LiveWire, Philippe De Woot Award, UNESCO Newton Prize, Canegie Trust, as well as the European Commission). 

My current PhD supervisees include:

-     Fahad Al Bimani (Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Oman- First supervisor)

-     Christine Samy (Female entrepreneurship in Urban settlements of Greater Cairo- First supervisor) (University of Strathlyde PhD Studentship)

-     Jacqui Tracey (Absorptive Capacity - Irish SMEs/hospitality- First supervisor)

-     Monica Vasquez de Solar (Social Entrepreneurship: Institutional perspectives- Second supervisor Comillas ECADE partnership)

- Sherine Mohamed (Entrepreneurship Education models-First supervisor) (University of Strathclyde PhD Studentship)

- Naraporn Thammadee (Social Entrepreneurs as Leaders and Human Capital in Social Enterprises-First supervisor) (University of Strathclyde PhD Studentship)

-Henry Emeka Eze (Youth Entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria and Ghana- First Supervisor)

- Afsa Mukasa (Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre for Doctoral Training Researcher in Social Entrepreurship- second supervisor)

Teaching Interests

  • Subject Co-ordinator for Strathclyde MBA core subject Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership (EML) offered in 8 different countries
  • Strategic Consulting in Practice (SCIP) (MBA)
  • Reviewing the Literature in Business Subjects (MRes/PhD)
  • Leadership Skills for Urban Change (MSc Global Sustainable Cities)
  • Qualitative Methods for Bottom-of-the-pyramid contexts (Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

Expertise & Capabilities


  • Social, Diversity and Sustainability aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation for social and economic growth
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the context of emerging economies
  • The concept of Cosmopolitanism as a disposition for addressing Global Challenges and  Entrepreneurship 

Having lived and worked in five different countries, I have developed skills for international communication and stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors.

Findings  from my recent research studies in the UAE have appeared in business publications in Dubai, such as Capital Business; Executive Women and Education Now! (Gulf News).

In the practitioner roles I have held,  I have trained in  GRI, SA8000 as well as Balanced scorecard methods.


Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Katerina Nicolopoulou is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
actor network theory Earth & Environmental Sciences
Social enterprise Business & Economics
Corporate Social Responsibility Business & Economics
Social entrepreneurship Business & Economics
Cosmopolitanism Business & Economics
food industry Earth & Environmental Sciences
food Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2002 2019

2 Downloads (Pure)

Managing the Anthropocene: relational agency and power to respect planetary boundaries

Heikkurinen, P., Clegg, S., Pinnington, A. H., Nicolopoulou, K. & Alcaraz, J. M., 17 Oct 2019, In : Organization & Environment . 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Relational view

Role demands, constraints and choices: business incubator managers' perceptions of their role and performance success

Kakabadse, N., Gowan, C., Karatas- Ozkan, M., Theodorakopoulos, N. & Nicolopoulou, K., 11 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Management Review. 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Business incubators
Agency and structure


Best paper Award SIG Entrepreneurship, EURAM Conference 2017

Katerina Nicolopoulou (Recipient), Mine Karatas-Ozkan (Recipient), Shahnaz Ibrahim (Recipient), Ahu Tatli (Recipient), Graham Manville (Recipient), Mustafa Ozbilgin (Recipient) & Alain Fayolle (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Entrepreneurship education
Social entrepreneurship

Activities 2007 2019

2nd Colloquium of the research cluster Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Branka Dimitrijevic (Organiser), Katerina Nicolopoulou (Organiser), Donagh Horgan (Organiser)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

Newton Prize Reviewer- UK National Commission for UNESCO (Event)

Katerina Nicolopoulou (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee