Areti Gkypali

Research Fellow, ERC

Dr Areti Gkypali joined ERC in March 2016 as a Research Fellow working with Professors Stephen Roper, James Love and Nola Hewitt-Dundas focusing on SMEs, innovation, productivity, exports and business eco-systems. Prior to joining the ERC, Areti worked at the Department of Economics, University of Patras for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow where she also obtained her PhD in Economics

Bo (Grace ) Peng

Research Fellow

Bo’s main research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurial finance. Her current research focuses on exploring how the entrepreneurial identity influence entrepreneurial external research acquisition via IPO as well as their exit strategies after IPO.

Dr Karen Bonner

Senior Research Fellow

Karen is a Senior Research Fellow at Aston Business School and also works with the ERC part time to provide support to the Demography and Innovation research themes. She is involved primarily in firm-level research utilising data to examine aspects of firm performance in both Northern Ireland and the UK. Recent projects include those for Invest NI, Forfás, BIS, DETI, Scottish Enterprise and UKTI. Previously she worked as a Senior Research Economist at the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (formerly the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre).

Dr Oksana Koryak

Research Fellow, Warwick Business School

Oksana’s main research interests are in the areas of decision making and cognition in the field of entrepreneurship. Her recent research investigated decision making by private equity and venture capital firms as well as the conceptualization of resilience in the context of entrepreneurship.

Enrico Vanino

ERC Research Fellow

Enrico’s research is mainly focused on the micro-level analysis of firm performance, in particular regarding international and R&D activities. Enrico is concluding his PhD in Economics at the University of Birmingham. He has been a visiting researcher at the Hong Kong University and has collaborated on several consultancy projects and for the European Commission DG Trade.

Laura Heery

Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Laura Heery is an Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre. Her research interests include economic policy research, competitiveness, labour market analysis, and sub-regional development.