Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou

Senior Lecturer

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Personal statement

Dr Katerina Nicolopoulou, PhD, FHEA, MSc, LLM

I am an international academic in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship with several years of international practitioner experience in senior positions (strategic affairs and planning, corporate social responsibility, advisory, training, company ownership).

At the University level, I am a Strategic sub- theme Leader for Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as an Academic Mentor 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). Currently, I also lead on the international strategic development of the Strathclyde DBA, with a particular focus on the GCC.

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 I have also 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. 

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.

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
    • The concept of Cosmopolitanism as a disposition for addressing Global Challenges and  Entrepreneurship 

    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  GRI, SA8000 as well as Balanced scorecard methods.


Prizes and awards

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)
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)
A gender perspective on entrepreneurial leadership : female leaders in Kazakhstan
Kakabadse Nada K, Tatli Ahu, Nicolopoulou Katerina, Tankibayeva Alina, Mouraviev Nikolai
European Management Review (2017)

more publications


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

Professional activities

2nd Colloquium of the research cluster Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland- Reviewer
Newton Prize Reviewer- UK National Commission for UNESCO (Event)
Strategic Sub-theme 'Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship' Leader (Event)
University of Southampton PhD viva examination
External Examiner
University of Southampton Centre for Inclusive and sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (External organisation)

more professional activities


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
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.
Re-Enterprising the 'Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo'
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator)
Re-enterprising the ‘Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo’. The project explores women's micro and social entrepreneurship within challenged and marginalised informal settlements in Greater Cairo, as a potential solution to tackle challenges of sustainable water resources for these communities using a holistic framework of entrepreneurship, architecture, urban planning and social innovation.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019

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