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Dr Hannah Dean

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 1693

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN5515 Entrepreneurship and Business Development

Biography/ Research interests

Hannah was awarded a MRes (distinction) and MSc of Advanced Marketing (distinction) from Bradford School of Management. She was awarded her PhD without corrections from Bradford School of Management for her thesis, "(Re) Visiting female entrepreneurs: An emancipatory impulse", which explores how the economic growth discourse shapes our understanding of women's entrepreneurial experience. Following her PhD, Hannah led a three-year project funded by the British Academy which was entitled "The journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire: An oral history perspective". The project collected oral history accounts from female entrepreneurs to capture women's contributions to the UK economy and society. Hannah has recently secured new funding from the British Academy to lead an interdisciplinary network that explores the intersectionality of female entrepreneurs.

Hannah is also interested in exploring the experiences of social entrepreneurs, notably their ability to achieve their social goals given the current UK economic and political climate.

In her research, Hannah applies innovative qualitative research methods including historical approaches to the study of organisations. She presents regularly at international conferences and her paper on the discourses of entrepreneurial leadership was awarded the best paper for the International Small Business Journal for 2017.

Potential PhD applicants in the specific areas of her research interests are encouraged to contact her.

Research grants

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards (March 2019 to March 2020) (Approx £15,000); Project title: "Interdisciplinary ECRs Network on the Intersectionality of Female Entrepreneurs".

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Sept 2015 – Sept 2018) (Approx £300,000); Project title "The journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire: An oral history perspective".

Leeds University Business School - Seedcorn Fund (£2000) - 2015.

Research related activities

Organising an exhibition on "What contribution have Yorkshire's female entrepreneurs made to the UK's economic and social life?" – The British Academy Summer Showcase Engagement Event (2019)

Organising a professional development workshop on gender and history as an analytical lens for management and entrepreneurship research - British Academy Conference (2018)

Organising the "Re-thinking female entrepreneurship conference" (June 2018) – Durham University Business School

Selected publications


Female entrepreneurship and the metanarrative of economic growth: a critical review of underlying assumptions
Dean, H., Larsen, G., Ford, J. & Akram, M., 26 Dec 2017, In : International Journal of Management Reviews. Early View
Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Discourses of entrepreneurial leadership: exposing myths and exploring new approaches
Dean, H. & Ford, J., 1 Mar 2017, In : International Small Business Journal. 35, 2, p. 178-196 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle