Home > Research > Researchers > Joanne Larty

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Joanne Larty supervises 6 postgraduate research students. If these students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

Student research profiles

Show all »

View graph of relations

Dr Joanne Larty

Senior Lecturer

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 592192

Office Hours:

Weds 1-1.45 and Thurs 3-3.45

PhD supervision

Understanding the relationship between people, place and communities in the context of entrepreneurship; Sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship; Stories and storytelling in the context of entrepreneurship; Practice-based understandings of entrepreneurship.

Current Research

  • Understanding the role of place (people, communities, environment) in the entrepreneurial process – especially how characteristics of place and relationships to place influence and are influenced by the entrepreneurial process
  • Understanding time and its connection to place, through the link between past, present and possible futures
  • Sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship education and its relationship to place(s)


Joanne is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, having joined what was then the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in January 2008. Joanne is the Director of Teaching for the department, as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Her current research activities are focused on the role of place, that includes people, communities and the physical environment, in the entrepreneurial process. One focus is on the importance of time and place, and how entrepreneurship influences and is influenced by the histories and traditions of place, and how entrepreneurship is shaped by and shapes the meaning of place for people and communities. Research also draws on the notion of sustainable or responsible entrepreneurship and the relationship between entrepreneurship and people, communities the natural environment.  

Her work has been influenced by the works of Mikhail Bakhtin, as well as practice-based theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu. One of her current projects, based on a small community in Ireland, involves understanding the role of stories and storytelling in constituting the relationship between people, place and time, which is helping to further understand the relationship between the past and possible futures, or between tradition and progression.

Joanne entered academia following a career as a business and marketing consultant working with a number of small and large organizations. 

Research Interests

  • The relationship between people, place and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship
  • Practice-based and storytelling approaches to understanding entrepreneurship

Professional Role

Director of Teaching: Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Module convenor for ENSI308, ENSI214, GHEMBA579, MNGT614, ENSI575

Current Teaching

Entrepreneurial challenge (final year UG capstone module)

Networks and networking (skills module)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSc Management Triple Degree, EMLyon)

Consultancy challenge (Ghana EMBA)

Supervisions (MSc, BSc)

Research Grants

£5000 GCRF SEED CORN, Developing innovative solutions to plastic waste in Indonesia. Co-investigator with Danny Soetanto. Awarded 2020

£7m Recirculate project, Driving eco-innovation in Africa, capacity building for a safe circular water economy, Entrepreneurship Work Package Lead, Co-investigator (2019-2021) (http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/recirculate/)

£65,000 to design and develop a workshop on entrepreneurship for environmental science PhD students (co-investigators Nigel Lockett; Ricardo Zozimo, working with colleagues in LEC, 2016)

£5000 Early career research grant: Entrepreneurship in peripheral communities (awarded September 2015). Co-investigator with Ed McKeever

External Roles

External examiner: Nottingham University Business School, Strathcylde Business School

View all (37) »

View all (7) »