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Global Pandemics, COVID-19 and the Small Business Economy: Regional Implications of the Economic Meltdown
Speaker: Professor Mark Hart, Aston University, UK
Chair: Professor Heike Mayer, University of Bern, Switzerland
Mark Hart is the Academic Lead of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the UK who is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Aston Business School. He is also Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre (www.enterpriseresearch.co.uk) which is jointly hosted at Aston University and the University of Warwick which addresses issues of small business growth. It is funded jointly by the ESRC, BEIS, British Business Bank, Intellectual Property Office and Innovate UK.
Over the last 40 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy. He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in the UK and advises a number of UK Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations on enterprise issues.
His work on High-Growth Firms (HGFs) at Aston has been influential in shaping policy discussions and actions in the UK and he is currently working for NESTA and the OECD on a range of follow-up projects. He has undertaken numerous evaluation studies of business support products and services in the UK and Ireland.
Heike Mayer is professor of economic geography at the University of Bern in Switzerland and an adjunct professor in urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech in the United States. She is also a member of the University of Bern`s Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED). Her research focusses on dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship, place making and sustainability. She is currently leading research studies on the role of social innovation in peripheral regions, transformation processes in industrial towns, as well as multilocal work arrangements and digitalization. She is author of the book Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Second Tier Regions (published by Edward Elgar, Cheltenham), co-author of the book Small Town Sustainability (with Prof. Paul L. Knox, Birkhäuser Press, Basel), and co-author of the book The Political Economy of Capital Cities (with Prof. Fritz Sager, Dr. David Kaufmann, Dr. Martin Warland, Routledge, London).