Stephen Dobson

Stephen Dobson


Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Coventry University’s International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) and for six years at Sheffield Business School - firstly as a Research Fellow and then as a Senior Lecturer.  2011-2015 I was the UK representative on the management committee of the European Academy of Management (EURAM).  I was Programme Manager for the Africa Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE) (Coventry University) and worked extensively with partners from Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya to deliver business incubation management and training as well as a ‘train the trainer’ programme for the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa initiative.  Currently I work extensively in Vietnam and have delivered two Higher Education Parthership projects with Vietnamese university partners.  I am the Book Reviews Editor for the International Journal for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEI) and sit on numerous editorial boards including, International Journal for Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) and Historic Environment: Policy and Practice.  External examiner for the University of Ghana, and for the City University of Hong Kong.


  • Director for International Activities

Research interests

My research interests span a number of areas relating to cultural and creative industries and entrepreneurship including: entrepreneurial identity, the creative workplace and leadership for fostering innovation and creativity, critical management, cross-disciplinary creativity, and digital enterprise.  At the wider scale I work through the lens of landscape, space/place/identity and entrepreneurial urbanism. This work focuses on the democratisation of space and the appropriation of degraded and abandoned spaces, fringe landscapes, and derelict space as opportunities for creativity, enterprise, and urban regeneration, creative clusters, and creative labs.  In 2018 I co-edited a Special Issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEI) called ‘The Playway to the Entrepreneurial City', which explores themes such as the work/play dichotomy as well as urban space for informal events and performance and the reuse of public space for fostering creativity and business incubation.  

My PhD in Urban Planning is from the Department of Landscape, School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and I am interested in the linkages between urban space and the performativity of the city through cultural practices and that of urban policy/planning practices, to support entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems.  I am a member of the Centre for Cultural Policy (

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  • BA (Hons)
  • MSc
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Regional Studies Association
  • Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Student education

Programme Leader for the MA Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship,-creativity-and-entrepreneurship-ma

Programme Leader for the BA Theatre and Performance with Enterprise

Module Leader for MA Creativity and Innovation Management

Module Leader for MA Enterprise and Consultancy Practice

Module Leader for BA Enterprise Project

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Cultural Policy

Current postgraduate researchers

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