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Professor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Finance, University of St Andrews

My main thematic areas of research are entrepreneurship, innovation and public policy. My career has included periods in industry, consultancy and over a decade in public policy. During this time I have undertaken and managed a number of major research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Anglo-German Foundation, the OECD and the Institute for Chartered Accountants Scotland. I have also acted as an expert adviser to the European Commission, Scottish Enterprise, Action Canada and the LEED programme within the OECD. My current research has been examining high growth entrepreneurship, funding for growth-oriented SMEs, innovation policy, employee ownership, the economic impact of Brexit on SMEs and public policy to support entrepreneurship. This has resulted in an extensive range of publications in journals such as Journal of Economic Geography, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Regional Studies, Small Business Economics and International Small Business Journal.


  • –present
    Dr Ross Brown, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, University of St Andrews


  • 1997 
    University of Strathclyde, PhD