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Professor of Entrepreneurship, Adam Smith business school, University of Glasgow

Colin Mason joined the Adam Smith Business School as Professor of Entrepreneurship in October 2012 after holding professorships in Economic Geography at the University of Southampton and in Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School at the University of Strathclyde.

He has also held visiting positions at: University of Ottawa, Memorial University of Newfoundland (both Canada), Flinders University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina), London Business, School, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax (Canada), University of Canterbury, University of Otago (both New Zealand).

Colin's research and teaching are in the area of entrepreneurship and regional development. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship; business start up; social and community entrepreneurship; and corporate entrepreneurship and innovation. His long-term research focus is entrepreneurial finance, specifically business angel investing. He has also undertaken research on home-based businesses, high growth firms and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Colin is the founder and joint editor of Venture Capital, an international journal of entrepreneurial finance (Taylor and Francis); and is on the editorial boards of several journals.

He is co-editor of Handbook on Research on Venture Capital. Volume 2: A Globalising Industry (2012), Handbook on Research on Venture Capital. Volume 3: Business Angel (2016) (both with Hans Landström), and Handbook on Research on Crowdfunding (2019) with Hans Landström and Annaleena Parhankangas, all published by Edward Elgar Publishing.


  • 2012–present
    Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Glasgow


    University of Manchester, PhD