Entrepreneurship in Challenging Contexts
The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies (CEES) is a leading focus of research on entrepreneurship, specialising in entrepreneurship in challenging contexts. While a great deal of academic research focuses on ‘entrepreneurial success’, in terms of examining leaders of entrepreneurial activity in localities of high attainment, our research focuses on the people, places and institutions which face significant barriers to entrepreneurial activity or are experiencing significant change. We are engaged in contemporary research debates on this topic, producing outputs in high quality journals, as well as contributing to policy discourse and practice to ensure our research has a real impact.
Our research cuts across numerous themes within the context of challenging contexts, with studies currently being undertaken related to refugee entrepreneurship, poverty entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy in in emerging economies, corporate social responsibility and value chains in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as migrant entrepreneurship and studies of post-conflict countries.
We are undertaking research related to the impacts of COVID-19 on high-growth businesses. This involves a wide range of Universities and policy stakeholders across the UK.
In addition to the above, we are also conducting research into what entrepreneurs can learn from academia, and how the barriers between real world problems and scholarship can be better addressed, research on the well-being of entrepreneurs, studies of family businesses in Latin America, issues of management of small firms, and entrepreneurship in the creative industries. Members of our team also examine new theories which illuminate our understanding of these issues, such as entrepreneurship as practice, employing practice theories to advance scholarship.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education
Our team also focuses on research into enterprise and entrepreneurship education, ensuring that not only do we provide research-informed teaching but that we also contribute to key debates on this important and growing topic. Members of team have focused studies on important topics such as blended learning and creating global classrooms, experiential learning through social and simulation-based education, digital learning and MOOCs, entrepreneurial learning, how it informs entrepreneurial impacts, as well as aspects of leadership and creativity, and skills issues. Our leadership in this field has led to invited talks around the world on a range of cutting edge issues in learning and education.
We have received a wide range of funding for our research and currently hold UK funding grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy, as well as international organisations such as the Catalan government. We also have significant experience of European grant funding, with our team delivering and involved in Erasmus and Erasmus +, Horizon 2020, FP7 and EU Tempus projects.
Postgraduate Research & PhDs
If you are interested in postgraduate research training working towards a PhD in any area of entrepreneurship please contact Prof. Nick Williams. Our team is keen to supervise strong PhD candidates across our range of research interests. You will be part of an energetic research environment with opportunities for dynamic interaction with students and faculty members from across the globe. The LUBS research community offers a vibrant atmosphere that will stimulate your research and prepare you for the future.
We currently have a fully funded PhD opportunity. Exploring aspects of social-purpose businesses | Funding Opportunities | PhD | University of Leeds.
Details can be found on the individual staff page for the research interests of current staff as well as their most recent publications.
Information on applying for doctoral studies is available here.