Dr Suzanne Mawson

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I joined joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship (HCE) in July 2020 from the University of Stirling. At the HCE I teach creativity and entrepreneurial thinking on our MSc and MBA programmes. This aligns closely to my research interests and expertise on supporting business growth and scaling through value creation.


Capturing conversations in entrepreneurial ecosystems
Rocha Augusto, Brown Ross, Mawson Suzanne
Research Policy (2021)
Shocks, uncertainty and regional resilience : the case of Brexit and Scottish SMEs
Brown Ross, Kalafsky Ronald, Mawson Suzanne, Davis Lori
Local Economy (2020)
The use of crowdfunding by environmental entrepreneurs : is it all about cash?
Mawson Suzanne, Ball Christopher
Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Marketing (2020) (2020)
Entrepreneurial ecosystems and public policy in action : a critique of the latest industrial policy blockbuster
Brown Ross, Mawson Suzanne
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society Vol 12, pp. 347–368 (2019)
Exploring the entrepreneurial intentions of Syrian refugees in the UK
Mawson Suzanne, Kasem Laila
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research Vol 25, pp. 1128-1146 (2019)
Start-ups, entrepreneurial networks and equity crowdfunding : a processual perspective
Brown Ross, Mawson Suzanne, Rowe Alexander
Industrial Marketing Management Vol 80, pp. 115-125 (2019)

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Research interests

My area of expertise is broadly entrepreneurship, specifically business development and growth in the context of young ventures and SMEs. Much of my work to date has focused on high growth/scale-up entrepreneurship, including the nature and processes of growth in these firms, their support requirements (financial and otherwise) and the wider public policy context and support mechanisms designed for high growth firms/scale-ups (high growth entrepreneurship policy). I am also interested in wider issues related to business development and growth including creativity; entrepreneurial thinking and mindset; the role of entrepreneurial financing; the effect of changes in ownership structure and business models; business accelerator programming, as well as entrepreneurship education for different audiences.

Professional activities

Rethinking entrepreneurship education: Entrepreneurial thinking and mindset
Invited speaker
Business and Society manuscript development workshop

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Entrepreneurial resiliency, innovation, and change during the COVID-19 Crisis
Mawson, Suzanne (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2021
Employee Ownership Database Development
McQuaid, Ronald (Principal Investigator) Mawson, Suzanne (Co-investigator) Yusof, Zatun Najahah (Researcher)
This project is funded by Scottish Enterprise to supports the Co-operative Development Scotland on updating the Scottish Enterprise Employee Ownership Database Development. The project provide a current census of the employee-owned businesses (EOBs) and co-operatives in Scotland.
27-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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