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Professor David Deakins


Lancaster University

The Management School



Research overview

David has over 30 years’ experience of undertaking high quality qualitative and quantitative research with SMEs and entrepreneurs. He returned to the UK in May 2014 after a full time role at Massey University in New Zealand, holding a Chair in Small Business, and is the former Director of the New Zealand Centre for SME Research (NZSMERC). Whilst Director of NZSMERC, from 1 September 2009 to 31 January 2014,  he was the Principal Investigator and led a number of research projects undertaken for the New Zealand Government on SMEs including regulation, internationalization and innovation. He also completed consultancy and research projects for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation and for the OECD.

Current research projects: Entrepreneurial Mentoring with colleagues at CEEDR, Middlesex University and Innovation in the Agri-business sector with colleagues at Massey University 




Research overview

Current Positions: Honorary Researcher, Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and  Strategy, Lancaster University, Adjunct Professor, School of Management, Massey University and Associate Professor, Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University.

 Research: Innovation, Entrepreneurial Mentoring, Access to Finance and Entrepreneurial Finance, Disaster Recovery


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