Dr Norin Arshed

Senior Lecturer

University of Dundee School of Business, 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. She completed her PhD at Strathclyde University and undertook a post-doc before moving to Heriot-Watt University. Her work concentrates on enterprise policy. In particular, the role and contribution from those closely linked to the formulation process (ministers and civil servants), whilst also examining how enterprise policy is implemented (national, regional and local economic development agencies), and how entrepreneurs/SMEs experience and utilise such policy initiatives. Her research interests also include women’s entrepreneurship and scale-ups. Institutional theory is the theoretical lens used to highlight the dynamics of the policy process in her work.

Given her work in women’s enterprise, Norin was appointed as an Independent Government Advisor to the Minister of Business, Fair Skills and Work in April 2019. Norin has published in Small Business Economics, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Journal of Business Research, and International Journal of Management Reviews. She is involved with research and projects with numerous stakeholders: governments include the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (England), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Canada); prominent think tanks such as The Entrepreneurs Network, and is a member of the advisory board for Innovation Caucus (ESRC and Innovate UK). She is also a visiting scholar at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris and an external examiner at the University of Glasgow for the MSc FinTech programme.

At University of Dundee she teaches entrepreneurship at both undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as co-supervising PhD students.