I am a 1+3 PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). My research studies management and governance of entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Prior to my PhD studies, I undertook a Master's degree in research in management (MRes in Management) through which I received training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as the underlying research philosophies. My MRes dissertation investigated and mapped the entrepreneurship support organisations in Glasgow.

I also hold an undergraduate MA with First Class Honours in Business & Management. In my undergraduate dissertation, I studied the role of gender in how business angels evaluate investment opportunities.


Overall, my university studies equipped me with a broad understanding of all functional areas in business along with a range of transferable skills and competencies, particularly critical thinking, developing and presenting arguments, analysing information, and conducting research independently.



Michaela is one of the best students that we have supervised.
— Professor Colin Mason & Professor Andy Cumbers, University of Glasgow

key highlights

  • Secured highly competitive ESRC 1+3 Scholarship for my MRes and PhD studies.

  • Awarded a place at the highly selective Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference & Doctoral Consortium in Waterford, Ireland in June 2018.

  • Won the 3 Minute Thesis People’s Choice Award in March 2019.

  • Accepted to attend a PhD Entrepreneurship Academy workshop in Liverpool in May 2019.

  • Invited to two UK-Japan symposia that are part of the ESRC-AHRC funded project titled ‘Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems in the UK and Japan – Place-Based Scenarios and Options’ which take place in Glasgow, UK in May 2019 and in Tokyo, Japan in June 2019.

  • Invited to an international symposium on Temporal Dynamics in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Hannover, Germany in July 2019.