​Inna Kozlinska

Inna Kozlinska joined Aston Business School and the SEFORIS project team as a research associate in August 2016. Prior to that, she was involved in teaching research methods at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. In 2012-2013, Inna worked as a junior research fellow at the University of Tartu being responsible for implementation of the Central Balticum Entrepreneurship Interaction project. During doctoral studies, her research interests have been focused on evaluating the outcomes of entrepreneurship education with a special emphasis on comparisons between traditional and experiential interventions. Inna is completing a joint supervision PhD programme of the University of Tartu and the University of Turku. Alongside her academic path, Inna possesses a five-year industry experience in bank marketing having worked for one of the leading corporate and investment banks in Latvia. She is most passionate about new value creation for social and commercial purposes.

Andreana Drencheva

Andreana Drencheva is a research assistant at Aston Business School. Her work is at the intersection of purpose, people and profits. It focuses on how social entrepreneurs develop long ideas for meaningful products, services and sustainable organisations in environments of uncertainty. She is interested in researching and working with ventures that put people and purpose first and include social change in their success metrics. Alongside her work at Aston, Andreana will soon be completing her PhD from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Tomasz Mickiewicz

Tomasz Mickiewicz is a Professor at Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, and honorary research fellow at University College London. His research is focused on commercial and social entrepreneurship, in particular on how formal and informal institutional environment affects entrepreneurial aspirations. He is a fellow at the ESRC Enterprise Research Centre. His current publications (2012-2014) include papers in Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics, and others.

Ute Stephan

Professor Ute Stephan is the Chair of Entrepreneurship at Aston University Birmingham (UK), the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB), and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Her research explores the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, both commercial and social entrepreneurship. Other interests include entrepreneurial motivation, leadership and the social engagement of mainstream business. Her work is published in leading management and business journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology among others.

Ute currently co-leads the EUR 2.5 Mio. European Commission funded SEFORIS project – Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Innovative and Inclusive Societies (www.seforis.eu). She also leads work package 8 of the SEFORIS project exploring how social enterprises thrive in different contexts and how they change their contexts to create positive social change. From 2008-2011, she was one of the lead researchers on the SELUSI project, the predecessor of SEFORIS. Other recent projects include ‘Identifying Social Enterprise’ funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Policy & Government Inclusive Economy Unit, UK, ‘Understanding Entrepreneurial Motivation’ funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and ‘Business-driven Social Change’ funded by the Network of Business Sustainability, Canada. She is also a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project and the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) study.

Ute holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany) and was previously at the University of Sheffield (UK), the London School of Economics (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), and TU Dresden (Germany). She is a visiting senior researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). Contact: u.stephan@aston.ac.uk

Emma Folmer

Dr Emma Folmer joined Aston Business School in July 2014, having spent the previous year as a lecturer at the department of Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam. Main courses she lectured in have been Introduction to Urban Planning, Research methods, and introduction to Economic Geography. She completed her PhD in May 2014 at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research was in the field of economic geography. The research focused on entrepreneurship and small business dynamics in urban residential neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. Before completing a PhD she completed a Research Master in the Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Emma can be contacted at e.folmer@aston.ac.uk.