Dr Paul Lassalle


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I am Paul Lassalle and I joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship as a lecturer in 2017. Previously, I held research and teaching positions at Sheffield Business School, University of Glasgow and University of the West of Scotland, where I gained my Ph.D in Migration and Entrepreneurship. I also currently hold a visiting position at SKEMA Business School (France). Prior to undertaking my doctorate work in Scotland, I completed an MRes at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Sciences Po- CNRS) and an MA in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris (France). I am a member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) Group and the American Association of Geographers (AAG), where I regularly attend and present my research work. I am engaged in interdisciplinary and international collaborative research projects with colleagues from other universities (e.g. University of Kiel, Germany, Poznań University of Economics and Business).


Has expertise in:

    Trained in qualitative research methods at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences Po – CNRS (France), I have an experience of conducting research fieldworks in different industries and national contexts in order to deliver impactful research for policy-makers. I am engaged in multi-disciplinary and collaborative projects, bridging to other disciplines such as International Business, Geography and Sociology. My most recent fieldworks include:

    • The role of support institutions on the development of the online Gambling entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malta (2016)
    • Approximating and mapping ethnic entrepreneurship diversity in Glasgow (2016)
    • Polish migrant entrepreneurs in Glasgow (Ph.D. thesis)

Prizes and awards

Best Paper in the “Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups” Track at the 40th ISBE Conference 2017, Belfast
Best Paper in the “New venture creation track” at the 39th ISBE Conference 2016, Paris
Best Paper in the “Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups” Track at the 37th ISBE Conference, Manchester

More prizes and awards


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Supervisor Development Programme (Sheffield Hallam University)



Conceptual framework and research agenda on youth entrepreneurship programmes and historical dynamics of public sector organising from an institutional and post-colonial perspective
Eze Henry, Nicolopoulou Katerina, Lassalle Paul
37th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium 2021 (2021)
Congruent approaches to analysing youth entrepreneurial internships : social capital, networks and experiential Learning
Eze Henry, Nicolopoulou Katerina, Lassalle Paul
21st Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (2021)
Trailing wives and constrained agency among women migrant entrepreneurs : an intersectional perspective
Lassalle Paul, Shaw Eleanor
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2021)
Migrant entrepreneurship and markets : the dynamic role of embeddedness in networks in the creation of opportunities
Lassalle Paul, Johanson Martin, Nicholson John D, Ratajczack-Mrozek Milena
Industrial Marketing Management Vol 91, pp. 523-536 (2020)
Diversity and ethnic minority entrepreneurship
Lassalle Paul, Yamamura Sakura, Whittam Geoffrey
Entrepreneurship A Contemporary and Global Approach (2020) (2020)
Approximating entrepreneurial superdiversity : reconceptualizing the superdiversity debate in ethnic minority entrepreneurship
Yamamura Sakura, Lassalle Paul
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol 46, pp. 2218-2239 (2020)

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I have an experience of teaching undergraduates and postgraduates programmes in a variety of different disciplines such as Entrepreneurship, International Business and Social Sciences.

My current teaching include:

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Research Methods

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013 and I am interested in developing new collaborative approaches to teaching (including international collaborative teaching projects, e.g. with the University of Kiel, Germany). 

Research interests

  • Migrant and Minority Entrepreneurship
  • Contextualised entrepreneurship
  • Internationalising ventures
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Opportunity creation
  • Diversity in Entrepreneurship

My recent research activities are concerned with the development of contextual approaches for understanding the entrepreneurial action within the structures in which they are embedded and operate.  I am focussing on the developments of the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept from a multi-levelled and multi-layered processual perspective that explicitly links learning processes, opportunity creation and embeddedness in different networks with entrepreneurial action.  I am especially interested in exploring the role played by entrepreneurial ecosystem on international entrepreneurship activities in migration and diversity contexts. 


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
Ethnic Minority Enterprise in Scotland
Mwaura, Samuel (Principal Investigator) Carter, Sara (Co-investigator) Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Stoyanov, Stoyan (Co-investigator) Lassalle, Paul (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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