Dr Stephen Knox


University of Dundee School of Business, School of Business

Marketing & Management, School of Business

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Stephen Knox joined the University of Dundee in September 2020. Having previously worked at the Scottish Government, he completed his PhD in 2018 at the University of Strathclyde before working as a research associate. His work primarily focuses on enterprise, creative industry, and innovation policy and how small businesses can be effectively supported. This includes exploring the formulation and implementation practices and processes, justice impacts and the experiences of policy users.

Stephen has published his work in well-renowned journals such as International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Regional Studies. He is involved in numerous research projects and published policy reports for public and third sector stakeholders, including the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and The Lens Initiative.

Part of his role at the University of Dundee is to lead engagement with the Michelin Scotland Innovation Park.

Areas of expertise

Enterprise policy

Innovation policy

Creative industries

Entrepreneurial identities


Stephen’s PhD project focused on understanding the development of Art School graduates’ ventures, looking at the trials and tribulations they faced and how they overcame these.

He has also worked on a number of enterprise and innovation policy projects, including as the principal investigator diagnosing the effectiveness of the Glasgow City Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in a project funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. He was also a co-investigator in a UKRI funded project looking at the energy justice implications of smart local energy systems. He was also research assistant to Professor Sara Carter and Professor Norin Arshed in their work exploring the feasibility of Women’s Business Centres.

Stephen is currently developing research projects exploring the impact of various enterprise policies in the UK.

Stephen was involved as a research assistant in developing women’s enterprise policy in Scotland. This work assisted the Scottish Government by developing knowledge on best practice which eventually led to their £50 million commitment to establish a Women's Business Centre.

Involved in an evaluation of The Lens Initiatives activities between 2015 and 2019 to generate evidence of impact and recommend areas for improvement. The Lens promote entrepreneurship skills within public, private and third-sector organisations that aim to increase their social innovation impact. This initiative has since gone on to receive £300k in growth funds to scale their impact from the Scottish Government.

Summary of research expertise

  • Enterprise policy
  • Enterprise support
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Entrepreneurial identity
  • Venture development

Research themes

Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity


BU12008 Digital Business and Innovation

BU52040 Practicing Entrepreneurship

BU52041 Understanding Entrepreneurship in a Global Context


Supervisor at undergraduate and post-graduate level, including PhD supervisor to Irena Teneva and Victoria Chukwudum.