Dr Bettina Becker

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

Bettina’s main research interests are in R&D and innovation, foreign direct investment, SMEs and growth, and firm performance. She has been Co-applicant and CI of research projects funded by the Anglo-German Foundation, the ESRC, and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Bettina has published in international journals including Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, and International Journal of Finance and Economics.
She has guest-edited a special issue of Economic Modelling and has experience as grant application reviewer for the ESRC.

Dr Kevin Mole

Associate Professor of Enterprise & Head of Group

Kevin's expertise ranges across a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques: on external advice to small firms, the diagnosis of firm problems, policy choices in business support, firm growth and the adoption of new working practices in SMEs.

Dr Michael Anyadike-Danes

Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School

Michael has pioneered the use of the ONS Business Structures Database to study firm-level performance in the UK in a collaboration between the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland and Aston University.

Dr Stuart Fraser

Associate Professor of Enterprise, Warwick Business School

Stuart's research interests include small business finance; applied financial economics; econometric analysis of small business issues.

Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Nola is Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Queen’s and an ESRC-Innovate UK Innovation Caucus Thought Leader. Her research interests include the dynamics of innovation ecosystems, business innovation, technology transfer and networks with an emphasis on small and medium enterprises, business strategy and technology adoption. She has led and contributed to a wide range of public sector projects for national and international organisations.

Professor Jun Du

Professor of Economics

Professor Jun Du is Professor of economics at Aston Business School, her research revolves around the evaluation and determinants of firm performance. She has extensive experience in collaborating with researchers nationally and internationally on projects on the measurement of firm productivity, the relationship between performance and R&D and innovation, finance and investment, ownership, political economy, and internationalisation.

Professor Andy Lockett

Warwick Business School

Andy is Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Pro-Dean at Warwick Business School. At the Centre he is jointly responsible for the research theme investigating Entrepreneurship Leadership and Capabilities and their impact on SME Growth.

Professor Deniz Ucbasaran

Warwick Business School

Deniz is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Warwick Business School. Her research centres around the individual entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial team at the heart of entrepreneurial activity.

Professor Erkko Autio

Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship

Erkko's research interests are in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship policy, innovation ecosystems, innovation momentum strategies, business model innovation and innovation from Big Science.

Professor Gerard Hodgkinson

Professor of Strategic Management and Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School

Gerard's research focuses of the analysis of cognitive processes in strategic decision making (including the nature and role of intuition) and the evaluation of techniques for overcoming cognitive bias and inertia in such decisions.

Professor James Hayton

Associate Dean Doctoral Programme, Warwick Business School

James’ research interests are in the applied psychology of entrepreneurship and the application of HRM practices to the development of entrepreneurial capabilities in established organisations.

Professor Jim Love

Professor of International Business and Innovation - Warwick Business School

Jim Love is Professor of International Business and Innovation at Warwick Business School. His background is in applied microeconomics, and his research is principally into innovation, exporting and foreign direct investment of firms.


Professor Jonathan Levie

Director of Knowledge Exchange, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

Jonathan leads ERC's research theme exploring the impact of Entrepreneurial Ambition in SME growth. His research interests include venture growth, business model change and entrepreneurship policy.

Professor Kiran Trehan

University of Birmingham

Kiran is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at the University of Birmingham. She is a leading expert on enterprise, and diversity in ethnic minority entrepreneurship. She has been instrumental in shaping policy on work on supply chain relationships, access to finance and access to markets in ethnic minority businesses.

Professor Mark Hart

Deputy Director - ERC

Mark is Deputy Director of the ERC and Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. At the Centre he is responsible for the research theme focusing on Business Demography, Productivity, Local Growth and Business Support. At Aston University he is also one of the Programme Directors and Academic Lead for the national Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme and has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy.

Professor Mike Wright

Associate Director

Mike is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London. At the ERC he leads the research theme on finance and governance. His research interests include entrepreneurship, family businesses, entrepreneurial finance and governance.

Professor Monder Ram OBE

Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Birmingham University

Monder has extensive experience working with, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses and is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject.

Professor Sara Carter

Associate Director

Sara is Deputy Principal at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University. At the ERC Sara leads the research on under represented groups in enterprise. Her research focuses extensively on entrepreneurship policy, gender, entrepreneurship and finance; and rewards and lifestyles within the entrepreneurial household.

Professor Stephen Roper

Director - ERC

Steve is Director of the Centre and Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School (WBS). His research interests include innovation, enterprise growth and development, regional development, and industrial policy evaluation.

Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz

Head of Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School

Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz joined Aston Business School in January 2012. He is now Head of the Economics and Strategy Group at Aston Business School. His previous position was Professor of Comparative Economics at SSEES University College London (since 2008), where he started as a lecturer in 1996. At the ERC he is part of the research team looking at Entrepreneurial Ambition.