Sara Carter, OBE FRSE


Personal Statement

I am Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Principal (Learning & Teaching).

Sara Carter is Associate Principal (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Strathclyde and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School.

Sara chairs the Learning & Teaching Building Executive Steering Board and the SIMS Executive Steering Group.

Sara holds several external appointments. She is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister of Scotland; the Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board; the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise Action Group; Non-Executive Director of Women's Enterprise Scotland; and a member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the UK Government's Women's Enterprise Task Force, and was awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008.

From 2006 – 2012 Sara was Editor and Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. She currently serves on the editorial board of leading academic journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing.

Her research examines the effects of business ownership on the individual, the economic wellbeing of entrepreneurial households, and the consequences of structural inequalities on resource access, particularly finance, on the SME sector.

A summary of Sara's research can be found in the following book chapter, with the pre-publication version available on PURE.

Carter, S, (2016) The Effect of Business Ownership on People's Lives. In Audretsch, D. and E. Lehmann (Eds) Companion to Makers of Modern Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, pp.42-52.

Teaching Interests

Strathclyde MBA: New Venture Creation (NVC) and Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management (ELM).

PhD candidates in the areas of SMEs and economic well-being, resource access, family business, entrepreneurship policy, and entrepreneurial leadership.  

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Entrepreneurship
  • SMEs
  • Access to Finance

    Research areas

  • Entrepreneurship, Small Business


  1. Joining the dots: building the evidence base for SME growth policy

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Entrepreneurship as the business of the household

    Research output: ResearchChapter

  3. The latent demand for bank debt: characterizing 'discouraged borrowers'

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Perceptions and experience of employment regulation in UK small firms

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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  1. Building REF Impact Cases

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Journal of Business Venturing (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial board member

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  1. The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in UK Economic Development

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Policy and legislation

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  1. Strathclyde - ESRC/SE Government Collaborative Transition DTG | Matthews, Russell

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

  2. Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Kuhl, Aniela

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

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  1. Best Creative Industries Entrepreneurship Paper Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Best Qualitative Paper Prize, ACERE Conference

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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