Dr Samuel Mwaura


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Dr Samuel Mwaura is lecturer of entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde Business School. His main research interest is on the links between entrepreneurship, individual and household wellbeing, and wider socio-economic development.

Samuel’s recent work has focused on innovation and its impact on productivity, SME financing, the link between entrepreneurship and household wellbeing (including household wealth), and enterprise performance in developing economies and amongst ethnic minorities, migrants and women in the UK. Samuel is passionate about knowledge exchange and societal impact from his research.

Besides contributing to the academic discourse through international conferences and publications, Samuel’s research has been disseminated to various enterprise practitioners, policy-makers and the general public in the UK and beyond through consultancy reports, practioner workshops, policy hackathons, mass media and social media.


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
    • Entrepreneurial ecosystems

    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, including radio and TV interviews.


Starting Over : Migrant Entrepreneurship in Scotland
Mwaura Samuel, Levie Jonathan, Lassalle Paul, Drakopoulou Dodd Sarah, Stoyanov Stoyan
Taking steps to combat barriers to ethnic minority enterprise in Scotland
Mwaura Samuel, Levie Jonathan, Lassalle Paul, Stoyanov Stoyan, Carter Sara
Gendered institutions and digital entrepreneurship
Imiren Efe, Mwaura Samuel, Stoyanov Stoyan
5th Global Conference on Economic Geography (2018)
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
Industry and Innovation (2016)

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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

Research interests

I welcome opportunies for research collaboration and PhD supervision in the following broad areas that I have both qualitative and quantitative methodological expertise in:

  • Enterprise/ SME Finance
  • Inclusive Entrepreneurship (Diversity, minority, women's entrepreneurship)
  • Innovation
  • SME performance/ growth
  • Link between entrepreneurship and households
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • SME Clusters and local/ regional economic development policy
  • Entrepreneurship in developing country contexts

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)
15-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-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)
27-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
CDT Entrepreneurship & Innovation (SE)
Mwaura, Samuel (Principal Investigator)
26-Jan-2018 - 26-Jan-2021
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem ? Benchmark Research
Levie, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Mwaura, Samuel (Co-investigator) Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2018 - 31-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
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Croall, Ross
Mwaura, Samuel (Principal Investigator) Levie, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Croall, Ross (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 01-Jan-2018

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Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Stenhouse Wing

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