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Personal Statement

I am Paul Lassalle and I joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship as a lecturer in 2017. Previously, I held research and teaching positions at Sheffield Business School, University of Glasgow and University of the West of Scotland, where I gained my Ph.D in Migration and Entrepreneurship. I also currently hold a visiting position at SKEMA Business School (France).

Prior to undertaking my doctorate work in Scotland, I completed an MRes at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Sciences Po- CNRS) and an MA in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris (France).

My research focuses on the diversity of entrepreneurship. I publish my work in prestigious entrepreneurship and migration journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. I am also the co-editor of the Global Migration, Entrepreneurship and Society book (Emerald). 

I am externally engaged with support institutions, including through collaborations with the Scottish Government, and with networks of entrepreneurs located within the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem and internationally. My research work and my interest in social and inclusive entrepreneurship feeds in different international collaborations, for example with ludilab (Belgium). 

I am a member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) Group and the American Association of Geographers (AAG), where I regularly attend and present my research work.

Finally, I am engaged in interdisciplinary and international collaborative research projects with colleagues from other universities and research institutions (e.g. Max Planck Institute, Germany, Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland or Audencia Business School, France)

Research Interests

  • Diversity in entrepreneurship
  • Migrant and minority entrepreneurship
  • Contextualised view of entrepreneurship
  • Internationalising ventures
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurial learning

I am a sociologist with interdisciplinary interests and experiences. My research focuses on diversity issues in entrepreneurship, including for entrepreneurship from migrant entrepreneurs, LGBTIQ* and ethnic minority entrepreneurs. I investigate the role of multiple contexts, including social and geographical contexts on entrepreneur’s experiences and activities. I have expertise in a variety of qualitative methods of inquiry to account for socio-spatial dynamics.

Trained in qualitative research methods at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences Po – CNRS (France), I have a strong experience of conducting qualitative research fieldworks in different industries and national contexts in order to deliver impactful research for policy-makers. I am engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, bridging to other disciplines such as Sociology, Geography, entrepreneurship and urban anthropology. My most recent fieldworks include:

  • Transnational returnee entrepreneurs in Poland (2018)
  • LGBTIQ* migrant entrepreneurs and their markets in European Cities (2017)
  • The role of support institutions on the development of the online Gambling entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malta (2016)
  • Approximating and mapping entrepreneurial superdiversity in Glasgow (2016)
  • Polish migrant entrepreneurs in Glasgow (Ph.D. thesis and further works)

Expertise & Capabilities

Trained in qualitative research methods at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences Po – CNRS (France), I have an experience of conducting research fieldworks in different industries and national contexts in order to deliver impactful research for policy-makers. I am engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, bridging to other disciplines such as Sociology, Geography, entrepreneurship and urban anthropology. My most recent fieldworks include:

  • Transnational returnee entrepreneurs in Poland (2018)
  • LGBTIQ* migrant entrepreneurs and their markets in European Cities (2017)
  • The role of support institutions on the development of the online Gambling entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malta (2016)
  • Approximating and mapping entrepreneurial superdiversity in Glasgow (2016)
  • Polish migrant entrepreneurs in Glasgow (Ph.D. thesis and further works)

Teaching Interests

I have an experience of teaching undergraduates and postgraduates programmes in a variety of different disciplines such as Entrepreneurship, International Business and Social Sciences.

My current teaching include:

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Research Methods

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013 and I am interested in developing new collaborative approaches to teaching (including international collaborative teaching projects, e.g. with the University of Kiel, Germany). 

Academic / Professional qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Supervisor Development Programme (Sheffield Hallam University)

                          

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of West of Scotland

… → 2015

Master of Research, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Sciences Po - CNRS)

… → 2006

Master of Social Science, Sciences Po Paris

… → 2006

External positions

Visiting Professor, SKEMA Business School

External Examiner, University of Gloucestershire

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