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Biography

Dr Laura Galloway is a professor of Business and Enterprise at the Edinburgh Business School, Director of the EBS Incubator and joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She has a background of research in entrepreneurship, leadership and small business and has published widely in these areas. Laura currently teaches Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the MBA and has delivered courses for several external organisations. As leader of the Edinburgh Business School Incubator, she is also a supporter of early stage businesses from the University and the wider community in a wide range of sectors including tech, social enterprise and consumer and business services, aligning with the culture of interdisciplinarity and collabortative learning in the School.

Research interests

Prof Laura Galloway has a research background in entrepreneurship, small firms and self-employment, and leadership.

Much of Laura’s research focuses on peripherality both regionally and demographically including examination of minority entrepreneurship and the role of enterprise in reducing social and economic barriers. She has led studies of enterprise as a context of poverty and intersecting issues, including entrepreneurship amongst those in poor health or disabled and other atypical workers. Other areas Professor Galloway specialises in include entrepreneurship education, rural entrepreneurship and motivations for starting and continuing to be in business. International studies on these topics include collaborations with scholars throughout the world, including UAE, New Zealand, Finland, Cyprus and of course the UK, especially Scotland. Additionally, Laura pursues research on leadership, particularly in the context of value generation in organisations.

Professor Galloway is joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a regular contributing editor to Industry and Higher Education and sits on the editorial board of several other journals. She has twice served as an elected board member (2010-2013 and 2017-2020) for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the UK's leading group that focuses on entrepreneurship and small firms policy and research and she is regularly invited to speak about her academic work at conferences, seminars and other events. Laura sits on the cross-party group on women's enterprise at the Scottish Parliament and has an ongoing interest in supporting women in business and self-employment, and in academic careers.

PhD student capacity

Laura supervises high calibre PhD candidates in the areas of leadership, enterprise education, employability, and business amongst marginalised or peripheral groups.

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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