Dr Richard Tunstall


Richard is University Enterprise and Innovation Discovery Theme Leader, University Student Education Fellow and Associate Professor of Enterprise for the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies where he leads interactive undergraduate discovery and postgraduate courses. He is Partnerships Director of inter-faculty With Enterprise Programmes, co-leads the Leeds Enterprise and Innovation Educators Network and supports student enterprise activities. He is Section Lead for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses small business high growth programme.  He is a member of Leeds University Business School and leads the Enterprise Awareness course on developing entrepreneurial mindsets for MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Before joining the University of Leeds he was Lecturer in Enterprise at the Welsh Enterprise Institute, University of Glamorgan, where the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for Wales was conducted. In industry, Richard was project implementation and user engagement manager at a small fast-growth digital HR-solutions startup based in London, during its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Dissertation Proposals
Richard particularly welcomes dissertation proposals for doctoral and masters level study which show potential for the advancement of entrepreneurship studies, including proposals which draw on organisational theory, social theory and humanities approaches. 

Research questions which investigate social and process issues in the development of ventures, including those operating in institutional contexts such as incubators, existing firms and universities are particularly welcome. Equally welcome are proposals which take a critical and innovative approach to investigating both venture development and enterprise education.


  • Director of Enterprise at Leeds
  • Enterprise and Innovation Discovery Theme Leader
  • Partnerships Director for With Enterprise Programmes

Research interests

Richard has published in international journals in relation to new movements in entrepreneurship theory, new venture creation processes and innovations in enterprise education, as part of an entrepreneurship studies approach which seeks to develop new insights into enterprise phenomena through contextualised research drawing on diverse methods and research philosophies. He has convened and co-organised an international research conference in advancing entrepreneurship studies in 2013 and chairs the Entrepreneurship Studies Network, a special interest group of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, where he is also an elected Trustee. He is Associate Editor at the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.

Current research interests include social dimensions of entrepreneurship, new venture creation processes, open innovation and enterprise education. Additional interests include interpretive and critical approaches to enterprise research.

Richards doctoral studies involved an investigation of social processes in the practice of internal corporate venturing in multinational firms using techniques such as qualitative case methods, participant observation and thematic analysis. This involved research with over 30 multinational firms and high-tech ventures in various stages of development.

Editorial and Reviewer Roles
Associate Editor, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Small Business Management
Editorial Review Board Member, Small Enterprise Research Journal
Reviewing Committee Member: European Conference on Games-Based Learning
Occasional Reviewer for Organization, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research, International Journal of Management Education and Education + Training, Academy of Management Conference, RENT Conference, European Entrepreneurship Education Conference (3EC), ESRC RAKE Fund

Research Events
Convener and Co-organiser: Advancing European Traditions of Entrepreneurship Studies,  18-19 March 2013, Weetwood Hall, Leeds. Organiser; ISBE Doctoral Day on Qualitative Methods in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research, 20 March 2013, Leeds University Business School, Leeds. Invited speaker: ISBE Doctoral Day, 35th ISBE Conference, November 2012, Dublin City University, Dublin.

Research-related Grants and Awards
3,300 Society for the Advancement of Management Studies funding to support doctoral student attendance at the Advancing European Traditions of Entrepreneurship Studies workshop. 100,000 Welsh Assembly Government A4B Fund, to develop a pan-Wales community of venture capitalist and business angel networks and HEI intellectual property holders, in support of potential Welsh HEI spin-outs and licensing (2010).


  • PhD (Management and Entrepreneurship)
  • MA (Entrepreneurial Studies)
  • PGCert (Educational Development)
  • BA(Hons) (English Literature)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Member of the British Academy of Management
  • Member of the European Council of Small Business
  • Member of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Student education

Richard has successfully designed and delivered a number of innovative programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation management. He is passionate about developing engaging entrepreneurial education experiences and has been invited to lead enterprise workshops as guest lecturer at the University of Applied Science, Munich; Ecole de Management de Normandie; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Cardiff University. 

Teaching-related Grants and Awards
Overall Winner of Winners award for excellence in technology-enhanced learning, teaching and assessment, University of Glamorgan (2008).
Glamorgan Business School Awards for excellence in teaching, learning and assessment (2008, 2010, 2011).
1,000 British Council/National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship bursary award to attend China-UK Enterprise Educators Network launch and World University Network (WUN) Conference. Hangzhou, China (2008).
7,000 University of Glamorgan Learning & Teaching Innovation Grant (2005). 

Enterprise Education Development Workshops:
Draycott, M. and Tunstall, R. (2010) An exploration of e-learning simulations and gaming and their potential application in enterprise education, International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, 1-3 September 2010, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
Tunstall, R. (2009) Developing entrepreneurial capabilities in the curriculum, Graduate Employability: The What, The Why, The How, BMAF Higher Education Academy Subject Centre Workshop, 16 June 2009, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.
Tunstall, R. (2008) Developing critical reflection through assessment on enterprise awareness courses, International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, 9-10 September 2008, Canary Wharf, London, UK.
Tunstall, R. (2007) Embedding enterprise in the university experience, Higher Education Academy Welsh Enterprise and Employability Conference, 1-2 May 2007, Llandrindod Wells, Wales, UK.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies

Current postgraduate researchers