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2019 Student and Early Career Conference Plenary Speakers

Research for Policy Impact

Liz Price, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK

Liz Price is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln International Business School. She conducts research into regional and local economic development, skills and labour markets, and business support.  Liz has expertise in data analysis, survey and interview consultation, and policy evaluation.  Before joining the University of Lincoln, she worked as a Research Officer for the Learning and Skills Council, and in research roles for two local government authorities.

Professor David Charles, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK

David Charles joined Northumbria from the University of Lincoln where he was Director of Research and Deputy Head of College in Lincoln International Business School.  David started his career as an economic geographer with an interest in the location of R&D and innovative activities, and was for many years a researcher in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University, before taking up the David Goldman Chair of Business Innovation in the Business School there. In Newcastle University Business School, he was director of research then director of a faculty research institute for policy and practice. He also established a new research centre on Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE).  He moved from Newcastle to Curtin University in Perth, Australia where he was dean of research in the Business faculty before moving to Strathclyde where he was professor of regional economic development and policy at the European Policies Research Centre. He moved from there to Lincoln in 2014 and joined Northumbria in 2018.

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Dr Agnieszka Rydzik, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr. Agnieszka Rydzik, joined the University of Lincoln in January 2013. Prior to this, she was based at the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she obtained her PhD. She holds a PGCE in Higher Education Teaching and Learning and HEA Fellowship. Agnieszka has presented at national (Work, Employment and Society; Royal Geographical Society) and international conferences (European Sociological Association; International Critical Tourism Studies; Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference), and delivered a keynote at the Rural Entrepreneurship Conference 2016. She has published in high ranking journals, including the Annals of Tourism Research (4 star ABS) and Work, Employment and Society (4 star ABS).

Dr Gary Bosworth, University of Lincoln, UK

Gary’s research interests are centred on rural development and the creation of sustainable and “liveable” rural communities.  His ongoing research continues to explore the impacts of growing mobility and interdependence between urban and rural areas. In particular, he is interested in the role that businesses play in providing key services, attracting infrastructure, providing employment and training, and facilitating the social interactions that create the identity of rural places.  He is currently a Reader in Rural Geography in the School of Geography at the University of Lincoln. He moved to Lincoln in 2008 to join the Business School, initially as a Research Fellow and subsequently held the posts of Lecturer in Economics and Entrepreneurship and then Reader in Enterprise and Rural Economies.

Mahdieh Zeinali, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK

Mahdieh Zeinali is a PhD Student at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln.  The PhD research explores the different experiences of European females of running businesses in rural Lincolnshire. This research focuses on the role of gender on entrepreneurial journey and career trajectories of these immigrant women. The business angle to the research is based on the premise that entrepreneurship is increasingly aligned with social networks and social value creation, not just economic profits. Therefore, business in this sense provides a profound grounding for social interaction and engagement with local communities which can offer routes to integration for immigrants.

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