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Dr Samuel Mwaura


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Samuel’s main research interests focus on understanding the role of entrepreneurship in enhancing wider economic development towards informing relevant economic and social development policy. In particular, Samuel’s research is interested in drivers of firm start-up, firm performance and growth – especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in under-represented sections of society (in particular, ethnic minorities and women); entrepreneurship in least developed countries; enterprise finance; the relationship between entrepreneurship and household economic wellbeing; the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic development; innovation and it's impact on firm performance; cultural and creative industries; networks, clusters and social capital; and the relationship between large firms (especially MNCs), small firms and the local (host) economy.


Samuel completed his PhD in 2012 on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Firm Performance at the University of Birmingham in 2012. He has worked in several large research projects including the Enterprise Research Centre (University of Strathclyde - 2013 - 2015),  Networks for the Internationalisation of Cluster Excellence in Regions (NICER) project - part of the EU’s InterRegIVC and District+ programmes (University of Birmingham - 2011 – 2013) and Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Economy (University of Birmingham - 2012 – 2013).

Samuel is a member of Regional Studies Association (RSA), Development Studies Association (DSA) and the European Network for Industrial Policy (EUNIP) where he has also presented his research in their international conferences.


Has expertise in:

    Through my research, I have gained expertise in the following areas:

    • Evaluation of SME performance and growth
    • Enterprise finance

    • Diversity (intersectionality) and entrepreneurship

    • Entrepreneurship and household economic wellbeing

    • Innovation and it's impact on firm performance

    • Entrepreneurship in least developed countries

    • Cultural and creative industries

    • Social capital, networks, and industrial clusters

    • Regional economic development policy

    Methodologically, I have expertise using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. I have used large datasets as well as designed and conducted surveys in my research. Analytically, I use various multi-variate regression techniques as well as GIS mapping. Qualitatively, I have also carried out and analysed in-depth interviews.

    My research has generally been multi-disciplinary, collaborative (including with policymakers), and geared towards generating practical implications and impact on business practice and public policy. I therefore have experience interacting resourcefully with academic colleagues from other disciplines as well as policy-makers and the business community leading to informed changes in policy (e.g. regional development policy) and business strategy and practice. In addition, participation in a variety of public engagement events has allowed me to gain expertise in adaptable knowledge dissemination techniques.


Taking steps to combat barriers to ethnic minority enterprise in Scotland
Mwaura Samuel, Levie Jonathan, Lassalle Paul, Stoyanov Stoyan, Carter Sara
Households as a site of entrepreneurial activity
Carter Sara, Kuhl Aniela, Marlow Susan, Mwaura Samuel
Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship Vol 13, pp. 81-190, (2017)
No joy with banks 'round here : the geography of the usage of bank financing among UK SMEs
Mwaura Samuel, Carter Sara
RSA Annual Conference, (2017)
The productivity of knowledge mobilisation, knowledge capitalisation and product-related firm transmutation : exploring the case of small-scale garment-makers in Nairobi, Kenya
Mwaura Samuel
Journal of Industry Studies, (2016)
Entrepreneurship as the business of the household
Carter Sara, Mwaura Samuel
Entrepreneurship in CitiesEntrepreneurship in Cities, (2015)
Barriers to ethnic minority and women’s enterprise : existing evidence, policy tensions and unsettled questions
Carter Sara, Mwaura Samuel, Ram Monder, Trehan Kiran, Jones Trevor
International Small Business Journal Vol 33, pp. 49-69, (2015)

more publications


I have experience teaching at all undergraduate levels as well as taught post-graduates programmes. Teaching areas include:

  • Enterprise finance
  • Start-up and small business management
  • Innovation management
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation policy

Professional activities

Tertiary Enterprise Educators Network - Glasgow Forum
The impact of faith and enterprise in community integration and poverty alleviation
Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurship: What to teach, and how?
Access to Finance and Ethnic Minority Businesses: Evidence and Practice
DSA Scotland Mini Conference
LSE Africa Summit

more professional activities


Barriers to business growth in the South of Scotland
Levie, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Mwaura, Samuel (Co-investigator) Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Co-investigator)
Period 15-Aug-2018 - 31-Jul-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)
Period 27-Apr-2018 - 30-Sep-2018
CDT Entrepreneurship & Innovation (SE)
Mwaura, Samuel (Principal Investigator)
Period 26-Mar-2018 - 26-Mar-2021
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Benchmark Research
Levie, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Mwaura, Samuel (Co-investigator) Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Co-investigator)
Period 05-Feb-2018 - 31-Mar-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)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 30-Jun-2018

more projects


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Duncan Wing

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