Summary

I am the Research Lead for the Strategy Enterprise and Innovation (SEI) subject group in the Faculty of Business and Law. I’m also Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development and a member of the Regional Studies Association, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have undertaken work for the Federation of Small Businesses, OECD, Welsh Assembly Government, Queensland Government, Victorian Government (Australia), Welsh Development Agency, Cardiff Council, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Associated British Ports, Shaw Trust, Colegau Cymru and Enterprise Educators UK. My research work spans the UK and Australia.

My 2018 work for the Federation of Small Businesses, in conjunction with colleagues at Portsmouth University and Women’s Enterprise Scotland, which highlighted the growing importance of women owned and managed small businesses to the UK, received widespread media coverage.

I have written over 90 refereed journal articles related to small business and enterprise development, and economic development policy more generally, and I have supported doctoral students on topics including the entrepreneurial university, the resource curse and the internal colony paradigms in the Welsh economy context, and the role of University-Business interactions in knowledge systems and effects on growth.


Research Interests

I am interested in research that has a meaningful and positive impact on people’s lives. My current research is primarily in the arena of small business and enterprise development, in particular the policy-making processes (both by firms and governments) that can improve economic sustainability and resilience.

  • The roles of Entrepreneurial Universities
  • Conceptualising University Research Impact
  • Drivers of small firm performance and their impacts on the resilience of SMEs

Biography

In the 2000s, I was a visiting Professor at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia

I was appointed as a Reader at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales (USW)) in 2004, Professor of Economic Development Policy at Glamorgan in 2009, and Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development at Portsmouth in 2016. I also became Research Lead for SEI at that time, coinciding with a trebling in REFable outputs with 55% of those since 2016 being at ABS3 and ABS4 level.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the area of enterprise and entrepreneurship across the Faculty of Business and Law, including Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory, and Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship.  I am also unit coordinator on Masters level Degree Apprenticeship, for Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism. 

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either david.pickernell@port.ac.uk or 023 92 844184.

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