Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou


Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou, PhD, FHEA, MSc, LLM

I am a Reader in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation for large scale strategic change at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the Global DBA Director of the Strathclyde Business School.

At the University level, I am a Strategic sub- theme Leader for Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as one of the three Academic Mentors for the Doctoral Training Centre in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPIE).

I have several years of teaching experience and teaching team leadership at postgraduate (MSc),  faculty-level MRes, and international post-experience MBA (Europe, Gulf countries, S. East Asia  and Hong Kong).

My research as PI and Co-I has been funded by internal as well as external grants, including Newton Fund and GCRF (Scottish Funding Council).

I have played an active part in a number of established management conferences (AoM, EURAM, BAM) through subject matter leadership and committee citizenship, and one of my co-authored papers has received the  best paper award of the SIG Entrepreneurship at EURAM 2017.

Between 2016-2019, I served as an Associate Editor for the  ABS 3* Journal European Management Review, and since 2020 I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

I have a  comprehensive scholarship profile which includes 19 published papers, in journals such as Human Resource Management (FT50 list), Journal of Small Business Management, R&D Management, European Management Review, Organization & Environment, International Journal of Human Resource Management, as well as editorship of  5  journal Special Issues- one of them for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development- and 4 books with E. Elgar and Routledge. 

I have acted as external PhD  examiner  (UK and Australia) as well as a supervisor for multiple PhD students (different funding schemes including split-side with European universities). I have also mentored and supported various ECRs and PhD students in a number of PhD Colloquia and dedicated workshops.

I am an external advisor to the new Leadership coaching programme at George Washington University, Centre of Excellence in Public Leadership DC., USA, which focuses on supporting organisations and communities for greater presence and impact, in alignment to the UN SDGs.

As a practitioner, I have  several years of international  experience in senior positions (strategic affairs and planning, corporate social responsibility, advisory, training, company ownership).

I am highly experienced with international MBA alumni engagement activities, including hosting Thought Leadership series, supporting alumni start-ups through the creative ideation/ concept refinement and internationalisation process, as well as developing and running international engagement events with strategic partners (government, diplomatic missions, private sector, enterprises). 

I have also acted numerous times as an International Judge for industry and research initiatives  in social and sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship (Shell LiveWire, Philippe De Woot Award, UNESCO Newton Prize, Canegie Trust, as well as the European Commission). 

My current PhD supervisees include:

-     Fahad Al Bimani (Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Oman- First supervisor)

-     Christine Samy (Female entrepreneurship in Urban settlements of Greater Cairo- First supervisor) (University of Strathlyde PhD Studentship)

-     Jacqui Tracey (Absorptive Capacity - Irish SMEs/hospitality- First supervisor)

-     Monica Vasquez de Solar (Social Entrepreneurship: Institutional perspectives- Second supervisor Comillas ECADE partnership)

- Sherine Mohamed (Entrepreneurship Education models-First supervisor) (University of Strathclyde PhD Studentship)

- Naraporn Thammadee (Social Entrepreneurs as Leaders and Human Capital in Social Enterprises-First supervisor) (University of Strathclyde PhD Studentship)

-Henry Emeka Eze (Youth Entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria and Ghana- First Supervisor)

- Afsa Mukasa (Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre for Doctoral Training Researcher in Social Entrepreurship- second supervisor)


Has expertise in:


    • Social, Diversity and Sustainability aspects of Entrepreneurship
    • Social Innovation for social and economic growth
    • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the context of emerging economies
    • Cosmopolitanism as a disposition and a mindset for addressing Global Challenges in  Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

    Having lived and worked in five different countries, I have developed skills for international communication and stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors.

    Findings  from my recent research studies in the UAE have appeared in business publications in Dubai, such as Capital Business; Executive Women and Education Now! (Gulf News).

    In the practitioner roles I have held,  I have trained in  Strategic Planning, Consulting, GRI, SA8000 as well as Balanced scorecard methods.


Prizes and awards

Faculty Award CABS FT50
Best paper Award SIG Entrepreneurship, EURAM Conference 2017

more prizes and awards


Virtuous circle : human capital and human resource management in social enterprises
Roumpi Dorothea, Magrizos Solon, Nicolopoulou Katerina
Human Resource Management (2019)
Role demands, constraints and choices : business incubator managers' perceptions of their role and performance success
Kakabadse Nada, Gowan Carmel, Karatas- Ozkan Mine, Theodorakopoulos Nikolas, Nicolopoulou Katerina
European Management Review (2019)
Managing the Anthropocene : relational agency and power to respect planetary boundaries
Heikkurinen Pasi, Clegg Stuart, Pinnington Ashly H, Nicolopoulou Katerina, Alcaraz Jose M
Organization & Environment (2019)
The management of corporate social responsibility through projects : a more economically developed country perspective
Al-Reyasha Meera, Pinnington Ashly H, Karatas-Ozkan Mine, Nicolopoulou Katerina
Business Strategy and Development (2019)
A gender perspective on entrepreneurial leadership : female leaders in Kazakhstan
Kakabadse Nada K, Tatli Ahu, Nicolopoulou Katerina, Tankibayeva Alina, Mouraviev Nikolai
European Management Review Vol 15, pp. 155-170 (2018)
Examining the contributions of social science to entrepreneurship : the cases of cosmopolitanism and Orientalism
Nicolopoulou Katerina, Samy Christine
Philosophical Reflexivity and Entrepreneurship Research (2018) (2018)

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At Strathclyde, I have taught the following:

  • Reviewing the Literature in Business Subjects (MRes/PhD)
  • Qualitative Methods for Bottom-of-the-pyramid contexts (Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
  • Strategic Consulting in Practice (SCIP) (MBA)
  • Leadership Skills for Urban Change (MSc Global Sustainable Cities)
  • For 7 consecutive years, I have held the role of  MBA Subject Co-ordinator for the Strathclyde MBA core subject Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership (EML) offered in 8 different countries

Professional activities

CIPD M. East First Research colloquium (Event)
Kauffman Foundation- Best Papers Award (External organisation)
2nd Colloquium of the research cluster Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship Methodologies Task Force Chair
Re-enterprising the Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo through Female Micro-entrepreneurship Workshop- a GCRF pump- priming project activity
Newton Prize Reviewer- UK National Commission for UNESCO (Event)

more professional activities


Navigating COVID-19 related transitions and transformations of economically marginalised women entrepreneurs within urban poor communities of the Greater Cairo Region in Egypt (GCR).
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Research Co-investigator) Mohamed, Sherine (Researcher) Horgan, Donagh (Researcher) Whitfield, Caroline (Researcher)
GCRF Scottish Funding Council COVID-19 Response Award
Research Studentship CDT SPIE- Henry Emeka Eze - Youth Entrepreneurship programmes in Nigeria
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
JARA Studentship Sherine Mohamed- Entrepreneurship Education Systems
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
JARA studentship- Naraporn Thammadee HRM in Social Enterprises in Thailand
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Global Engagement Fund Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Cultural Heritage in the area of Greater Aswan, Egypt
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Co-investigator)
Global Engagement Fund
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sahasranamam, Sreevas (Academic) Riccardi, Annalisa (Academic) Rodrigues Loncan, Tiago (Academic) Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Academic) Minisci, Edmondo (Academic) Kalin, Robert (Academic)
This is a interdisciplinary centre for doctoral training led by Chancellor's Fellows. The projects will focus on studying research questions in social entrepreneurship and social innovation aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions.

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