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Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Royal Holloway

I am a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the School of Business and Management at Royal Holloway University of London. I teach responsible and social entrepreneurship as well as sustainability management. I am further the founding director of the Royal Holloway Enterprise Hub that supports students and recent graduates in setting up their own ventures.

My research interestes are social entrepreneurship and inclusive organizing. I specialize in disability and inequality. I focus on concepts such as stigma, meaning in life and at work as well as abilities.Through my research, I aim to better understand how to improve economic participation and societal inclusion for disabled people. This translates into research across all aspects of live including entrepreneurship for and by disabled people, disability at work (unpaid and paid) as well as leaisure, travel and tourism. I am a qualitative researcher and use ethnographies, diary studies and visual / artistic methods to gain deeper understandings into the lived experience of disabled people. I am currently involved in interdisciplinary projects on disability and wellbeing related topics in the Uk as well as in the DRC, India, South Africa, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia.I further run a project on the experience of work during the COVID19 pandemic by disabled people in the UK. My work has been published in various journals including Work, Employment and Society, the Journal of Business Ethics and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

I consider myself a researcher-advocate as my aim is to improve the lives of disabled people through my research. I am registered blind myself and in my free-time volunteer as speaker on issues related to visual impairment, blindness and guide dogs. I further engage in activism and campaign work around topics of accessibility and disability rights.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Royal Holloway

Education

  • 2014 
    Leuphana University Lueneburg, PhD in Sustainability Management

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    For better or worse? An immersive diary study of the effects of return to work policies on disabled employees
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The British Academy
  • 2019
    Entrepreneurship & Disability: A Collective Ethnography on Allyship through Embodied Sensemaking and Posthuman Resourcefulness
    Role:
    co-Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada