Dr Suzanne Mawson

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

I recently joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship (HCE) from the University of Stirling, where I was the academic lead for entrepreneurship education as well as the Academic Partnership Director for the University’s campus in Ras al Khaimah, UAE.

My doctorate work, funded by Scottish Enterprise, focused on rapidly growing ‘high growth firms’ and this remains my key area of academic interest – how some firms are able to achieve rapid growth and what we can learn from them to help other entrepreneurs, support agencies and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.

My work has been published in a number of leading entrepreneurship and management journals and I have undertaken research for funders including the OECD, Scottish Enterprise, the British Academy and the ESRC.


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)
Employee Ownership Database Development : Report to Scottish Enterprise and Co-operative Development Scotland
Yusof Zatun Najahah, Mawson Suzanne, McQuaid Ronald

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Research interests

My area of expertise is broadly entrepreneurship, specifically business growth and development 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 growth including the role of entrepreneurial financing; the effect of changes in ownership structure and business models; the drivers of transnational entrepreneurial migration to entrepreneurial ecosystems for accelerated growth; the development and impact of business accelerator programmes at both firm and economy levels; and firm start-up and growth ambitions amongst refugees and economic migrants.

Professional activities

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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