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Dr Robert Newbery

Head of Department

Department: Newcastle Business School

Robert is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. He has founded and run a number of entrepreneurial businesses having a PhD, MSc, MBA and BSc. He is particularly interested in how entrepreneurship is being used for development in both the 'Global North' and 'Global South' and is actively supporting the Entrepreneurship Educator Foundation for East Africa (EEFEA). 

Robert is Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the EIS Department at Northumbria University. Prior to this he led the Marketing, Operations and Systems Department at Newcastle University.

Robert Newbery

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests


Robert is conducting research looking at the intersection of entrepreneurship and poverty. He also monitors and evaluates the impact of entrepreneurship and innovation programmes, with a current involvement with research commercialisation programmes and the impact of serious games upon entrepreneurial outcomes.


Geographies of interest

- UK and Europe (particularly as regards farming entrepreneurship and rural business models; business associations)

- East Africa (entrepreneurship and poverty, business models and innovative supply chains; networks of support)

- West Africa (business models and development)

- South America (social entrepreneurship)


Ph.D students

I am pleased to talk to potential Ph.D students with interesting proposals that link into my research interests and / or geographies of interest.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Export Intention in Developing Countries: A Configuration Approach to Managerial Success Factors, Haddoud, M., Jones, P., Newbery, R. 2 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Small Business Management
  • Poverty and the varieties of entrepreneurship in the pursuit of prosperity, Kimmitt, J., Muñoz, P., Newbery, R. 1 Jul 2020, In: Journal of Business Venturing
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies, Phillipson, J., Gorton, M., Turner, R., Shucksmith, M., Aiken-McDermott, K., Areal, F., Cowie, P., Hubbard, C., Maioli, S., McAreavey, R., Souza Monteiro, D., Newbery, R., Panzone, L., Rowe, F., Shortall, S. 12 May 2020, In: Sustainability
  • Determinants of livelihood choices and artisanal entrepreneurship in Nigeria, Igwe, P., Madichie, N., Newbery, R. 4 Jun 2019, In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
  • Internal and external determinants of export performance: Insights from Algeria, Haddoud, M., Nowinski, W., Jones, P., Newbery, R. 1 Jan 2019, In: Thunderbird International Business Review
  • Post-materialistic values and entrepreneurial intention – the case of Saudi Arabia, Alammari, K., Newbery, R., Haddoud, M., Beaumont, E. 11 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
  • Shining a spotlight on small rural businesses: How does their performance compare with urban?, Phillipson, J., Tiwasing, P., Gorton, M., Maioli, S., Newbery, R., Turner, R. 1 May 2019, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • Social enterprise and community resilience: Examining a Greek response to turbulent times, Apostolopoulos, N., Newbery, R., Gkartzios, M. 1 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • Entrepreneurial identity formation during the initial entrepreneurial experience: The influence of simulation feedback and existing identity, Newbery, R., Lean, J., Moizer, J., Haddoud, M. 2 Apr 2018, In: Journal of Business Research

PGR Supervision

Anneke Edmonds How do women entrepreneurs experience a campus tech-incubator and how does this impact on women’s entrepreneurial intentions, and on their entrepreneurial practice? Start Date: 06/01/2021

Further Information


  • Business andManagement Studies PhD February 15 2011
  • MSc July 31 2007
  • MBA July 31 2003

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