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George Redhead


  • 1.26 Thomas Paine Study Centre


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Personal profile


I joined Norwich Business School (NBS) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) as a Lecturer in November 2023 where I am a member of the Norwich Business School Strategy and Entrepreneurship Group. Prior to this role, I secured competitive ESRC funding for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (UEA) where I actively engaged with local stakeholders and SMEs.

I hold a PhD in Management which explored the interplay between entrepreneurship and place in East Anglia (UEA, 2020). Additionally, I obtained a Master of Social Science Research Methods (UEA, 2015) and a BSc in Business Management (UEA, 2014).

My research interests are interdisciplinary, primarily focused on understanding how entrepreneurship and family business are influenced by economic sociology, incorporating fields such as regional development and political science. I specialise in qualitative research methods and I am particularly interested in exploring the sociological aspects of entrepreneurship, examining its broader forces for change within the local context.

Key Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship 
    • Connecting emerging theories of 'everyday' entrepreneurial agency with the broader notion of 'evolving places' contributing to entrepreneurship literature often insensitive to the subtleties of context. 
  • Regional development 
    • Exploring the change potential of enterprise actively addressing socio-spatial inequalities and hidden processes of social exclusion.
  • Qualitative research methods

Academic Background

  • Post-doc in Entrepreneurship (UEA)
    • ‘SeNSS Post-Doctoral Fellowship’ (2021-22, ≈£126k FEC). ESRC.
  • PhD in Management (UEA)
    • ‘UEA Postgraduate Studentship Scheme’ (2015-18, ≈£42k). UEA Social Science Faculty.
  • Master of Research (MRes) in Social Science Research Methods (UEA)
    • ‘MRes Studentship and Maintenance Grant’ (2014-15, £11k). UEA Social Science Faculty.
  • BSc Business Management (UEA)

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities