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.