Bettina Becker

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

Bettina's research interests lie in the area of innovation, in particular open innovation, innovation diffusion, social innovation and innovation policy. She is also interested in the interface between innovation and entrepreneurship.

Effie Kesidou

Senior Research Fellow

Effie is Senior Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre and Associate Professor in Applied Economics at Leeds University Business School. Prior to that, she was Lecturer in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School. Her research is interdisciplinary and seeks to understand the institutional, demand, organizational factors that drive environmental innovations; to assess the impact of international sustainability standards upon firm performance; and to explain the role of city-regions and local knowledge spillovers upon firm’s innovation and productivity.




Jane Bourke

Lecturer in Economics

Dr. Jane Bourke is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, University College Cork.
Jane’s research interests are in the area of firm-level innovation, technology adoption and micro-businesses. She is also interested in the adoption of innovations and digital technologies in health care.

Jonathan Levie

Professor, NUI Galway

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.

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.

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.

Michael Anyadike-Danes

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Michael Anyadike-Danes joined Aston Business School in December 2011, having spent the previous four years as Head of Research at the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland. Michael 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.

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.

Monder Ram OBE

Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston Business School, Aston Univerissty

Professor Monder Ram OBE is the Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), based in Aston Business School, Aston University. He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject.

Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Nola is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Queen’s University Belfast 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.

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.