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Professor Ross Brown

Dr Ross Brown

BA, MSc, PhD

Professor in Management

Director of Impact
Programme Director, Masters in International Business

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2202

Web link

Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance


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. I have extensive experience of project managing and undertaking research for a range of research funders and clients. 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, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. I have also undertaken research and acted as an expert adviser to the European Commission, Northern Ireland government, Scottish Enterprise, Action Canada and the LEED programme within the OECD. This has resulted in widely cited OECD publications such as "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship."

My current research examines high growth entrepreneurship, funding for growth-oriented SMEs, innovation policy, employee ownership and public policy to support entrepreneurship both in developed and emerging market economies. This has resulted in an extensive range of publications in top journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, Small Business Economics, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, British Journal of Industrial Relations and International Small Business Journal.

Potential PhD applicants in the specific areas of my research interests outlined below are encouraged to contact me.

Research interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • High Growth Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
  • Funding for SMEs (including alternative forms of funding such as crowdfunding)
  • Innovation Policy
  • Employee-Ownership.

Selected publications

Selected other information

Ross is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Edinburgh Business School.