Professor Ellie Hamilton

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Eleanor Hamilton is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation (DESI) at Lancaster University Management School. She was a founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development undertaking research and education in entrepreneurship and innovation in dialogue with business and community. Professor Hamilton has worked at the interface of theory and practice and established a long record of positioning research-led impact and business engagement in an academic department’s mission, along with a proven commitment to create and evidence effective forms of knowledge exchange between a university and small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Her research focuses on family businesses and entrepreneurial learning as an inherently social rather than individual phenomenon. It also examines aspects of gender and leadership in family business and entrepreneurship more broadly. Her work has been published widely in international and national journals and her book Entrepreneurship across generations: narrative, gender and learning in family business was published in 2013.

Professor Eleanor Hamilton served as Director and Head of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (2002-2008), Director of Regional Affairs (2008-2016), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies (2009-2012) and Associate Dean for Enterprise, Engagement and Impact (2012-2015) and Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship Strategy and Innovation (2015). She helped to secure the Chartered Association of Business School’s (CABS) Small Business Charter status for Lancaster University in 2014. She recently led the Wave 2 Growth Hub programme working with 15 City regions to develop Growth Hubs across England. In 2015-2016 Professor Hamilton co-chaired the CABS Task Force ‘Business Schools: Delivering Value to Local and Regional Economies’.

ESRC Peer College Review (External organisation)
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MacLeod 'Guru Group' (External organisation)
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NW Science Council (External organisation)
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University of Stirling
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Corus (Workington) Steering Group (External organisation)
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Univ Paisley
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Myerscough College (External organisation)
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Lancashire Skills and Employment Task Group (External organisation)
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Glasgow Caledonian University
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East Lancashire Workforce Development Group (External organisation)
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Manchester Metropolitan University
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Chartered Institute of Marketing
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Celebrating Impact - Outstanding Impact in Business
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Judging Award: Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
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Judging Award: BIBA Awards
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Judging Award: North West Innovative Enterprise Awards
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Judging Award: Business in the Community Awards for Excellence
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Judging Award: North West Business Excellence Innovative Enterprise Awards
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  • Centre for Family Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation