Beldina Owalla

Research Associate – University of Sheffield

I adopt a gender or intersectional lens in my research which primarily focuses on understanding the impact of gender and culture on entrepreneurial and innovation activities in different geographical contexts.

  • Owalla, B., Gherhes, C., Vorley, T. and Brooks, C. (2021). Mapping SME productivity research: A systematic review of empirical evidence and future research agenda. Small Business Economics.
  • Owalla B, Nyanzu E and Vorley T (in press) Intersections of gender, ethnicity, place and innovation: Mapping the diversity of women–led SMEs in the United Kingdom. International Small Business Journal.
  • Owalla B, Vorley T, Coogan T, Lawton Smith H and Wing K (in press) Absent or Overlooked? Promoting diversity among entrepreneurs with public support needs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.
  • Owalla, B. and Al Ghafri, A. (2020). ‘Bitten by the entrepreneur bug’ – critiquing discourses on women owner-managers/entrepreneurs in the Kenyan and Omani newspapers. Gender in Management: An International Journal, Vol. 35 No. 6, pp. 529–551.


Women entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship education, Leadership, Innovation, Diversity and inclusion, SME growth


Qualitative analysis, Case studies, Ethnography, Discourse analysis.


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