Professor Norin Arshed


University of Dundee School of Business, School of Business

Marketing & Management, School of Business

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Norin Arshed joined the University of Dundee in October 2017. She is an economist by background with professional experience both in the public and private sectors. Her work focuses on enterprise policy, especially the role and contribution of those linked to enterprise policy formulation (ministers and civil servants) and policy implementation (national, regional and local economic development agencies). She is also interested in how entrepreneurs and SMEs experience and use such policy initiatives, women’s entrepreneurship and scale-ups. Much of her work draws on institutional theory to shed light on the dynamics of the policy process.

As a direct result of her work in women’s enterprise, Norin was appointed as an Independent Government Advisor to the Scottish Government’s Minister of Business, Fair Skills and Work in April 2019. She has also recently been awarded a Scottish Parliament Fellowship to undertake a Scotland-wide research project on how women entrepreneurs are coping in the pandemic. Norin has been appointed as an Impact Assessor for REF 2021 Sub-panel 17: Business and Management Studies. Her other external roles include being the Research Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 89Initiative, a think tank created by the London School of Economics which is based in London. Finally, she was appointed a subject expert on the external Peer Review Group at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (which involves providing an independent and transparent assessment of the quality of their evaluations prior to publication) and is an independent advisor to the Women’s Business Station in Dundee. Further to her external roles she is a member of the advisory board for Innovation Caucus (ESRC and Innovate UK) and Innovate UK’s strategy working group. She is a visiting scholar at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris and an external examiner at the University of Glasgow for the MSc FinTech programme.


Summary of Research Expertise

  • Enterprise policy
  • Policy process
  • Institutional theory
  • Women's entrepreneurship
  • Scale-up

Norin has published in leading international journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, the Journal of Business Research, and International Journal of Management Reviews. She also contributes to research with numerous stakeholders including various governments, SMEs, entrepreneurs and; prominent think tanks.

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Norin teaches entrepreneurship at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Dundee, where she also supervises PhD and professional doctorate students.