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    In 2018, Chris joined Edge Hill University and became Associate Director in 2022. Chris is responsible for driving the Business School's strategic goals in internationalisation, external engagement, and knowledge exchange. 

    Chris previously held academic positions at the University of Lincoln and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Chris obtained his PhD from UCLan in 2014, where he studied the entrepreneurial competencies of rural business owners.

    His ongoing research examines how entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economic development. Specifically, the importance of developing competencies and skills in regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. The potential for entrepreneurship to contribute to poverty reduction and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals is of particular interest to Chris.

    Prior to pursuing an academic career, Chris gained expertise in project management and logistics at JCB and Nippon Yusen Group, and served in the Royal Air Force.


    Strategic Management, Strategic Foresight, and Entrepreneurship.

    Research interests

    Entrepreneurship, Small Business, and Community-Owned Enterprises.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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