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. Essentially, I am studying the various individual and organisational actors (i.e. entrepreneurs, support organisations, investors, universities, corporate organisations, etc.) and how they nurture their local ecosystem through interactions such as collaboration, coordination, and leadership.

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.