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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research


The Entrepreneurship and Innovation research theme builds on a legacy of entrepreneurship research within the School and aims to facilitate and inspire new investigations of innovation and/or business activities of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. We are interested in areas such as small business management, sustainable entrepreneurship, fiscal policy, new venture growth, innovation ecosystems, digitisation and automation. We are particularly interested in inclusive approaches to entrepreneurship and innovation, including those investigating the Global South and/or disadvantaged groups, (e.g. telemigrants, the physically or intellectually impaired, refugees and displaced communities) and sustainability. 


Our Small Business and Enterprise Research Group, Chaired by Dr. James Cunningham, is made up of those researchers working on studies related to entrepreneurship. Membership of the group is self-defined and an open invitation to the bi-monthly meetings is offered to all academic staff of Aberdeen Business School, along with staff working on the University’s various accelerator programmes. Meetings are designed to enhance research culture and stimulate activity by provoking discussion on research skills and highlighting collective experience of research development. Recent studies by the School’s established researchers and doctoral community have focused on the contextual nature of entrepreneurship, considering issues such as social interactions, particularities of industrial sectors, and the role of entrepreneurship in developing economies.

Energy, Sustainability and Society Research


The Energy, Sustainability and Society research theme aims to facilitate and inspire new investigations of contemporary societal issues, such as leadership, resilience, work and well-being, energy and sustainability. The theme is intentionally broad to reflect our inclusive, interdisciplinary interests in research relating to the University’s target sectors of Energy and Health and Social Care. We work internationally to consider challenges relating to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


The Energy, Sustainability and Society Research Group, co-Chaired by Professors Zoe Morrison and Peter Strachan, aims to facilitate an inclusive, informal forum to share current and planned research-centred scholarly activities, stimulate considered debate, and inspire new investigations of contemporary societal issues. The Group welcomes members from across campus and has a particular, but not restrictive, focus on issues relating to energy and sustainability, to enhance and enrich our research environment, activities and outputs.

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