I am a nationally and internationally recognized expert within the area of entrepreneurship having a particular expertise with regard to the influence of gender upon women’s entrepreneurship, high technology business incubation, and family business. Given my previous industrial career prior to entering academia, I am passionate about conducting research that has a societal impact. I have extensive experience of enabling and participating successfully in both regional and international entrepreneurial ecosystems, as a result of well-established research networks in the UK, Ireland, EU, New Zealand, US, and the Middle East, spanning 20 years. I have extensive knowledge of leading and managing large EU projects such as the GENRE project, a €1M project which examined gender equality in entrepreneurial eco-systems in four countries, Ireland, Israel, Norway, and Sweden.
My academic outputs include 50+ journal articles; 8 book chapters; 4 books, and 60+ conference papers which have had a significant impact in terms of academic metrics and have also been picked up by several non-academic media outlets (e.g. The Conversation, Forbes, L’Express, Silicon Republic, The Irish Times, Irish Tech News). In addition, I have authored the books Female Entrepreneurship and Global Women’s Entrepreneurship and co-authored the books Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Women and Global Entrepreneurship: Contextualising Everyday Experiences. Most recently, I was ranked amongst the top 2% of scientists in the world for research impact, in the 2021 study, led by Stanford University and published in Elsevier BV, which ranks scientists across the world, based on a composite citation index from the Scopus database.