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.
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
- 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
- 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
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
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