Professor Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship


Personal statement

Sarah's research focuses on the impact of socio-cultural factors on the nature, quality and quantity of entrepreneurship, including socio-economic marginality, social ties, religion, politics, and the family. She has a special interest in alternative, or inclusive, small business start-up and growth, and current field work explores punk rock, craft beer, and social enterprise. Sarah has also studied social capital and networking, growth strategies, family business, entrepreneurship education, and cross-cultural conceptualizations of the entrepreneur. An additional research stream includes the relationships between theology, religion and entrepreneurship. Sarah's research has been published in leading entrepreneurship and management journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Management Decision, the Scandinavian Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, the International Small Business Journal, the Family Business Review, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is a Board Member of ETP, ERD, and IJEI.

Sarah teaches and trains in the areas of entrepreneurship and society, corporate venturing, new venture creation and growth, family business, organizational behaviour, and international business management. She also teaches qualitative methods to graduate students.

Professor Dodd’s previous posts include Professor of Enterprise and Small Business at Middlesex University, and academic positions with ALBA Graduate School of Business (Athens, Greece), the American College of Greece, Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen), and the University of Aberdeen. She holds a visiting positions at the University of Lancaster.


Professor. Dodd has considerable experience of marketing, training, and business development, including several years spent managing Aberdeen University's executive development programmes for areas ranging from engineering to philosophy, and from forestry to management. Professor Dodd also founded and directed AHEAD, the Alba Hub for Enterprise and Development, Greece’s first University centre for entrepreneurship, which bridges the gap between the worlds of higher education and enterprise.

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Area of Expertise


Sarah has 25 years of hands-on work training, developing and supporting entrepreneurs in a range of international settings. Prior to her academic career, Sarah developed considerable practical experience working in marketing, training, and business development. This included several years spent managing all of Aberdeen University's executive development programmes for areas ranging from engineering to philosophy, and from forestry to management. In this role, and in others since, she has worked with a broad variety of private and public sector organisations, including high tech start-ups, community businesses, large corporations and local governments.

Sarah has a special interest in working with small, independent ventures that focus on a social, or creative mission. Her current research and engagement projects are in the world of craft beer, of punk rock, and of social entrepreneurship.


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"Let them not make me a stone" - repositioning entrepreneurship
Dodd Sarah, Anderson Alistair, Jack Sarah
Journal of Small Business Management Vol 61, pp. 1842-1870 (2023)
On the beer wagon : the past, present and future of Celtic Craft Brewing and its policies
Wilson Juliette, Sanchez Rodrigues Vasco, Mac an Bhaird Ciaran, Lofti Maryam, Kumar Maneesh, Horgan Donagh, Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Danson Mike
Regional Studies, Regional Science (2022)
Re-sourcing the city through radical institutional enterprise entwining and embedding the rural in urban peripheries
Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Wilson Juliette, Bonner James
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2022)
Community engagement for social and environmental innovation : a Sicilian case study
Evans Brendan, Wilson Juliette, Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Alexander Matthew
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2022)
Transforming enterprise education : sustainable pedagogies of hope and social justice
Dodd Sarah, Lage-Arias Serxia, Berglund Karin, Jack Sarah, Hytti Ulla, Verduijn Karen
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development Vol 34, pp. 686-700 (2022)
Crafting growth together
Dodd Sarah, Wilson Juliette, Karampela Maria, Danson Mike
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development Vol 33, pp. 789-815 (2021)

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Professional Activities

ECR and PGR Development – Engaged Scholarship for the Future of Entrepreneurship
Active Travel Network Workshop
Potential of “heterotopia” notion for rethinking entrepreneurship research and pedagogy
Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (RENT XXXV) 2021
Tapping Into a Wellbeing Economy
Member of programme committee
HAPPILY EVER AFTER Co-creating Academic Wellbeing

More professional activities


Transforming Enterprise Education
Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
PATHWAYS TO RESEARCH The Ink Way - Studying Structured Writing Interventions
Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Every Tree tells a Story
Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Principal Investigator)
Contracted against UoS Terms via Invoice (agreed with funder)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
GCRF Pump Priming Re-Enterprising the 'Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo'
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator)
Re-enterprising the ‘Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo’. The project explores women's micro and social entrepreneurship within challenged and marginalised informal settlements in Greater Cairo, as a potential solution to tackle challenges of sustainable water resources for these communities using a holistic framework of entrepreneurship, architecture, urban planning and social innovation.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Migrant Entrepreneurship in Scotland
Mwaura, Samuel (Principal Investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Lassalle, Paul (Co-investigator) Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Stoyanov, Stoyan (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
Building Growth: Deploying Entrepreneurial Capitals
Karampela, Maria (Principal Investigator) Wilson, Juliette (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Danson, Mike (Co-investigator)
Knowledge exchange event taking place during 'Engage with Strathclyde' Week 2017
04-Jan-2017 - 04-Jan-2017

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Professor Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Tel: 548 3957