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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.

Whilst in Scotland, I was involved with coordinating and acting as a trainer for the SCOTGRAD graduate programme. My research interests broadly encompass the role of entrepreneurship in economic growth and human development in both developed and developing countries.

I have co-authored 12 articles in key entrepreneurship journals and have presented on many occasions in international conferences.


  1. Level 7 BU7001 - Management Research Project (MSc 12,000 words Dissertation)
  2. Level 7 BU7002 - Management Research Methods (3,000 words Research Proposal)
  3. Level 7 BU7408 - Creative Thinking and Problem Solving for Managers (4,000 words individual report)


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic growth, sustainability and development
  • Entrepreneurship in conflict and difficult areas
  • Religion, ethnic and female entrepreneurship

Currently working on

  • Women entrepreneurs’ bricolage in constrained entrepreneurial spaces: events, collaborations and digital as microcosms
  • Conceptualizing the interplay between veil-off and veil-on in entrepreneurship: exploring the experiences of Muslim women entrepreneurs
  • How do the entrepreneurial traits and behaviour of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) changed trade in Arabia in the early days of Islam?

Other Research Activities

  • PhD supervisor and external Examiner (Currently supervising PhDs as 1st supervisors and DBAs as a second supervisor)
  • Have completed 4 PhDs as a second supervisor.
  • Have examined 4 PhDs as an External Examiner in UK
  • Have examined more than 15 PhDs for COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Published Work

  • Zillur, R., Ullah, F., and Thompson, P. (2018) Challenges and Issues facing Ethnic Minority Small Business Owners: The Scottish experience, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 177–193
  • Ullah, F., Zillur, R., Smith, R. A., & Beloucif, A. (2016) What influences ethnic entrepreneurs’ decision to start up: Some evidence from Aberdeen, Scotland, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, DOI: 10.1108/JSBED-12-2015-0182
  • Muhammad, N., Ullah, F., & Warren, L. (2016) An institutional perspective on entrepreneurship in a conflict environment: Evidence from Pakistan, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Vol. 22 Issue: 5, pp.698-717
  • Ullah, F., & 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., & 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., & 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., & 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., & 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., & 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. & 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., & 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