I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and the Director of the PhD Programme in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Management School, Lancaster University. I am also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Business Management.
I have a BSc degree (First Class Honours) in Economics, an MSc degree (awarded with Distinction) in Corporate and International Finance, and a PhD degree (awarded with no corrections) in Management. Prior to joining Lancaster University Management School in 2009, I worked at the Durham University Business School and the University of Surrey School of Management, UK, where I also obtained my Masters and Doctorate degrees, respectively. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
I have been a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria.
My research has been funded by various agencies, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British Academy (BA)/ Leverhulme in the UK. I am a Co-Investigator on the RECIRCULATE project 'Driving eco-innovation in Africa: Capacity-building for a safe circular water economy', funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) by UK Research and Innovation. RECIRCULATE is led by Lancaster University, with international partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Kenya.
I have been a recipient of various international awards and recognitions. Among others, these include: (1) four Best Paper Awards received in 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2010 at the 32nd, 29th, 26th and 24th conferences of the International Society of Franchising (ISoF) held in Ecuador, Spain, the United States and Australia, respectively; The ISoF is the premier association for franchising scholars globally; (2) the 2016 ISoF Best Reviewer Award received at the 30th conference of the ISoF held in the Netherlands; (3) Highly Commended Winner, the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence; (4) the prize for Best Reviewer in the Distribution Track at the conference of the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) held in Australia in 2014; (5) the Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Track at the 24th conference of the British Academy of Management (BAM) in 2010; (6) shortlisted for two Best Paper Awards – the Best Paper in the Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations Track, and the Best Knowledge Exchange and Transfer Paper – at the 35th conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) held in Dublin in 2012; etc.
My research has been published/accepted in top ranked journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Regional Studies, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Small Business Journal, etc. I have been a reviewer for articles and Special Issues in various journals, including Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, British Journal of Management, International Business Review, Management Learning, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Hospitality Management, etc. I have been a reviewer and session chair for international conferences in the US, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Iceland, Australia and Ecuador.
My teaching has been at postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG) levels, including modules on entrepreneurship, franchising, research methods, business ethics and society, organisational behaviour and marketing. I have been an invited Visiting Professor, invited Consultant and invited External Examiner in Australia, France, Athens and the UK, for PG and UG degree programmes.
At Lancaster University, I have held various departmental roles, including the Director of UG Programmes/Studies, Academic Officer, Assessment Officer, Equal Opportunities and Disabilities Representative, etc.
Topics of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation Creativity, New Venture Creation, Sustainable Development Goals
Type of Students Taught: Undergraduate, Graduate
Willing to Travel: Yes
Primary Language of Teaching: English
Years In-Person Teaching Experience: Over 20
Years Online Teaching Experience: Over 11
Do you Prefer to Teach Only Online? No
Are you Research Active? Yes