Personal profile


My main thematic areas of research are entrepreneurship, innovation and public policy. My career has included periods in industry, consultancy and over a decade in public policy. I have extensive experience of project managing and undertaking research for a range of research funders and clients. During this time I have undertaken and managed a number of major research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Anglo-German Foundation, the OECD and the Institute for Chartered Accountants Scotland, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. I have also undertaken research and acted as an expert adviser to the European Commission, Northern Ireland government, Scottish Enterprise, Action Canada and the LEED programme within the OECD. This has resulted in widely cited OECD publications such as "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship."

Research overview

My current research examines high growth entrepreneurship, funding for growth-oriented SMEs, innovation policy, employee ownership and public policy to support entrepreneurship both in developed and emerging market economies. This has resulted in an extensive range of publications in top journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, Small Business Economics, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, British Journal of Industrial Relations and International Small Business Journal.

Profile Keywords

Entrepreneurship; innovation; public policy

Teaching activity

  • MN5423 Global Business Strategy
  • MN5425 Masterclasses in International Business

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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