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Personal Statement

I joined joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship (HCE) in July 2020. My research centres around how entrepreneurs think, make decisions and act in pursuit of developing and growing their businesses, as well as how such growth-oriented individuals can be supported through policy interventions and training. My current research projects focus on conceptually differentiating between firm scaling and for growth, policy interventions to support the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and how entrepreneurial thinking and action (entrepreneurial mindset) can be shaped through education and public policy. At the HCE I teach creativity and entrepreneurial thinking classes on our MSc and MBA programmes. This aligns closely to my research interests and expertise on supporting business developent, growth and scaling through value creation.

Research Interests

My area of expertise is broadly entrepreneurship, specifically business development and growth in the context of young ventures and SMEs. Much of my work to date has focused on high growth/scale-up entrepreneurship, including the nature and processes of growth in these firms, their support requirements (financial and otherwise) and the wider public policy context and support mechanisms designed for high growth firms/scale-ups (high growth entrepreneurship policy). I am also interested in wider issues related to business development and growth including creativity; entrepreneurial thinking and mindset; the role of entrepreneurial financing; the effect of changes in ownership structure and business models; business accelerator programming, as well as entrepreneurship education for different audiences.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

Master in Science, University of Edinburgh

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