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About Dr Farid Ullah

Prior to joining the University of Chester, I was working as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland from August 2009 to August 2015. I was involved in teaching, research and administration at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Moreover, I have worked for local authorities and community organisations in various settings. I also worked as a researcher for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project (Wales, UK). I was also the principal investigator for securing a research fund from the Institute for Small Business Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) initiative and was among the few pioneer winning projects.

Recently in 2014 and 2015, I was coordinating and acting as a trainer for the SCOTGRAD in Scotland. My research interests broadly encompass the role of entrepreneurship in economic growth and human development in developed and developing countries.

I have published 9 articles so far in key entrepreneurship journals and have presented on many occasions in international conferences.



  • Level 4 BU4011 Principles of Operations and Quality Management
  • Level 5 BU5302 Globalisation and Business
  • Level 5 BU5002 Contemporary Issues in Business and Management
  • Level 6 BU6302 Project and Relationship Management


  • Level 7 BU7016 International Business Environment
  • Level 7 BU7017 International Business Strategy
  • Level 7 BU7412 International Business


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic growth
  • Economic Development
  • Religion, entrepreneurship, development

Future Research (Working papers)

  • Muhammad, N. and Ullah, F. (2015) Growth strategies of entrepreneurs in a conflict environment: Evidence from Pakistan.
  • Ullah, F., & Rahman, Z. (2015) Factors influencing ethnic minority entrepreneur’s decision in business start-up: Some evidence from Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Ullah, F. (2015) How do the entrepreneurial traits and behaviour of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) changed trade in Arabia in the early days of Islam?

Research Activities/ Reviewer

  • PhD supervisor and external Examiner
  • Reviewer for Journal of General Management

Published Work

Ullah, F. and Smith, R. A. (2015) The ‘Fairness Paradox’ and ‘Small-Firm Growth Resistance Strategies’, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11 Issue: 3, pp.154 – 175.
Baldock, R. North, D. and Ullah, F. (2015) The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Financing and Growth of Young and Established Technology-Based Small Firms in the United Kingdom in New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium book series.
Anderson, A. R. and Ullah, F. (2014) The condition of smallness; how what it means to be small deters firms from getting bigger, Management Decision, Vol. 52 Issue: 2, pp.326–349.
North, D. Baldock, R. and Ullah, F. (2013) Funding the growth of UK technology-based small firms since the financial crash: are there breakages in the finance escalator? Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp.237-260,  
Ullah, F., Akbar, S., and Abbas, Q. (2010) The Relevance of Pecking Order Hypothesis for the Financing of Computer Software and Biotechnology Small Firms: Some UK Evidence, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Vol. 6, pp. 301-315.
Ullah, F., Akbar, S., and Abbas, Q. (2010) The Rationale for Location preferences of Technology-Based Small Firms in the United Kingdom, Journal of Global Business Advancement, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 79-93.
Ullah, F., and Taylor, P. J. (2007) Are UK technology-based small firms still finance constrained? International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.189–203.
Ullah, F., Akbar, S. and Taylor, P. J. (2007) Spin-offs, Stages of Growth and Funding Issues: Some UK Evidence, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 7, No. 6, pp.524-540.
Ullah, F., and Taylor, P. J. (2005) The impact of science park and incubator location on the finance opportunities of technology-based small firms, In W.E. During, R. Oakey, & S. Kauser (Eds.), New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium, Volume IV, Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (2005), Wales Executive Summary Report with Professor David Brooksbank & Professor Dylan Jones-Evans National Entrepreneurship Observatory for Wales.


2012       PGCHE                 Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK (FHEA)

2005       PhD                       University of Liverpool, UK

1999       M.A (Econ)            University of Manchester, UK

1998       Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)       University of Manchester, UK

1987       B.A. (Econ)           University of Peshawar, Pakistan