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Dr. Stephen Dobson

Senior Research Fellow

International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship

Email: stephen.dobson@coventry.ac.uk
Twitter: @dobsonstephen
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Dr. Dobson is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE), Coventry University and the Book Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  In 2011-2015 he was the UK representative on the management committee for the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and is currently on the management committee for the COST Action ‘Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles (INTREPID)’. Dr. Dobson is the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently supervise four PhD students and welcomes applications for doctoral candidates in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.


  • PGCertTLHE, Sheffield Hallam University, 2014
  • PhD (ESRC CASE award), University of Sheffield, 2010
  • MSc, University of Leicester, 1994


Stephen has worked on many programmes of enterprise and innovation research and impact evaluation. He has conducted impact evaluation reports concerning the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) such as the NAVCA Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit Evaluation and the evaluation of NAVCA's ICT Champions Project: A Capacitybuilders National Priority Programme. Research into innovation includes a BAM Transitions 2 Grant to explore the evolution of innovation through routines (collaboration with the University of Sheffield) as well as a successful £90k collaborative project between Coventry University, the University of Sheffield, and Edge Hill University and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.  The project called Premonition is offering technical innovation (to Technology Readiness Level 8) through the development of bespoke software using agent-based modelling. A video regarding the Premonition project can be seen here.

Recent outputs & publications

  • Gorbuntsova, T., Dobson, S. and Palmer, N. (Forthcoming) Rural Entrepreneurial Space and Identity: A study of Local Tour Operators and ‘the Nenets’ Indigenous Reindeer Herders International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Dobson, S. and Sukumar, A. (Forthcoming) ‘Memes and Civic Action: Building and Sustaining Civic Empowerment Through The Internet’ in Poplin, A. et al (eds) Physical-Virtual Spaces and their Interactions Routledge, Taylor & Francis
  • Jorgensen, A., Dobson, S. and Heatherington, C., (2017). Parkwood Springs–A fringe in time: Temporality and heritage in an urban fringe landscape. Environment and Planning A, p.0308518X17704202.
  • Dobson, S., Sukumar, A. and Tipi, L., (2015). Dark matters: the institutional entrepreneurship of illicit and illegal cyberspace. In Exploring Criminal and Illegal Enterprise: New Perspectives on Research, Policy & Practice (pp. 179-201). Emerald Group Publishing Limited 
  • Dobson, S., et al., 2015. Reciprocity and resilience: teaching and learning sustainable social enterprise through gaming. Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change, 12(1), pp.42-56.
  • Dobson, S., (2015). Urban translations: Regeneration through the lens of actor-networking. Local Economy, 30(8), 944-960.
  • Dobson, S. and Jorgensen, A. (2014) 'Increasing the resilience and adaptive capacity of cities through entrepreneurial urbanism' International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business 6(3/4), 149 – 162
  • Dobson, S., et al. (2013) 'Small Firm Survival and Innovation: an Evolutionary Approach' International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 14(2), 91-102



Teaching modules

Stephen teaches predominantly on postgraduate entrepreneurship modules on research methods, and also innovation in addition to undertaking Masters and PhD supervision.

Areas of expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Innovation
  • Research methods