Stephen Dobson

Stephen Dobson

Profile

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).  At Coventry I was the Programme Manager for the Africa Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE) 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.  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.  I am also an external examiner for the University of Ghana.

 

Responsibilities

  • Module Leader: Enterprise Project, Enterprise and Consultancy Practice

Research interests

My research interests span a number of areas relating to cultural and creative industries - from ‘the individual’ in terms of entrepreneurial intention and entrepreneurial identity, through to ‘the organisation’ with notions of intrapreneurship, teamwork, collaboration and leadership for fostering innovation and creativity.  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.  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 and playfulness/’queering’ in the workplace, 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 (https://cultural-policy.leeds.ac.uk/).

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Qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • MSc
  • PhD
  • PGCERT in TLHE

Student education

I am Module Leader for 'Enterprise Project' and 'Enterprise and Consultancy Practice'.  Additionally I am on the teaching team for 'Theoretical Perspectives', 'Critical Debates in Culture and Place', and 'Engaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher'. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Cultural Policy
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