Hannah Dean

PhD Bradford University School of Management (SOM)

Title: Re-visiting female entrepreneurs: An emancipatory impulse

Master in Research (Mres) (Distinction), SOM 

MSc Advanced Marketing (Distinction), SOM

2015 – present    British Academy funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Project title: The Journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire: An oral history study
I have spent the first year of the Fellowship at Leeds University Business School (LUBS) - 2015 to 2016
From 2016 to present I am pursuing the Fellowship at Durham University Business School (DUBS)

2013 – 2015       Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leeds University Centre for Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (LUCILE) (LUBS)

2010 – 2013       Research Associate - SOM


I am currently working on a three year research project funded by the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant (2015-2018). The project involves collecting 60 oral history interviews from women who are based in Yorkshire in the North of England (who are currently business owners or used to be business owners). The interviews will be deposited in “Feminist Archive North” which is a public archive that is currently located at Leeds University. By documenting the oral history accounts of different generations of female entrepreneurs and making their stories available to the public and future generations, the study plays a central role in bringing to light women’s achievements over the last 80 years which otherwise would be lost. The narratives will also shed light on the working lives of women business owners in Yorkshire including the destabilization of assumptions that undermine their contributions to the economy and to the society thus opening the space for a better understanding of their lived experiences. Moreover, in order to capture the similarities between male and female entrepreneurs, I extended the project to include few oral history accounts of male entrepreneurs as well.

Other current research interests include:

-     Gender and entrepreneurship

-      Social entrepreneurs 

-      Space and organization studies

-      International entrepreneurship

-      Qualitative and historical approaches to the study of organizations

Research Grants

-      British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Approx £300,000) 2015-present

-      Leeds University Business School - Seedcorn Fund (£2000) - 2015

-      Won a funded place at the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and    Business Administration (EDAMBA) Summer School - 2012

-      Won a funded place at the Advancing European Traditions of Entrepreneurship Studies Conference – 2013

-       SOM’s 4 years scholarship for my PhD


I review regularly for the following journals; International Journal of Management Reviews, the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Journal of Small Business Management, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry and Gender, Work & Organization. I have also reviewed book proposals for various publishers on the topic of gender and entrepreneurship. 


Hannah has held teaching responsibilities at all levels of engagement at different UK higher education institutions. This included designing and delivering lectures and tutorials as part of various modules on entrepreneurship, innovation, marketing and organization studies. 


Enterprise and Innovation in Practice

Marketing, Sales and Management BA (Hons) Programmes

Event Management

Marketing Planning and Branding

Personal Development Plan (PDP)

Global Business Challenges

Management Research and Analysis 


Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Management Research Report

Consumer Behaviour

Narrative Approaches

Advanced Qualitative Methods 

Hannah has been appointed as a member of various examinations panels and worked with the industry on various students’ led assignments. As part of various modules, Hannah has also offered mentoring support for a large number of students and supervised the dissertations of undergraduate and postgraduate students including MBA students. 



Dean, H. and Ford, J., 2017. Discourses of entrepreneurial leadership: exposing myths and exploring new approaches. International Small Business Journal, 35(2), pp.178-196. 3* ABS-ranked journal. 
Awarded the best overall paper for ISBJ (2017).  

Dean, H; Ford, J; Larsen, G ; Akram, M. (2017). Female Entrepreneurs and the metanarrative of economic growth: A critical review of underlying assumptions. The International Journal of Management Review. 3* ABS-ranked journal

Conference Proceedings

Dean, H (2017). Critical Management Studies. Gender and power in the context of female entrepreneurs 

Dean, H (2016). The relationship and Interrelationship of power – the Case of UK female entrepreneurs. British Academy of Management Conference – Newcastle University 

Dean, H. (2014). Schumpeter theorising and the subordination of female entrepreneurs: A critical inquiry. The international Joseph Alois Schumpeter Society 15th ISS Conference - Germany 

Dean, H; Ford, J; Larsen, G (2013). Re-visiting Schumpeter in the context of female entrepreneurs: A critical postmodernist feminist perspective. Critical Management Conference – Manchester University 

Dean, H; Ford,J; Larsen, G and Lockett Nigel (2011). Female entrepreneur and the economic growth model: A critical perspective. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference –Liverpool 

Dean, H. and Larsen, G. (2010). Rethinking consumer empowerment: An economic perspective. Academy of Marketing Conference - UK 

Conference presentations

Dean. H. (2016). The messy and irregular entrepreneurial experience – Oral history accounts of UK female entrepreneurs - Association of Business Historians Conference – Berlin Germany 

Dean, H. (2015). Power relations: An oral history perspective of women entrepreneurs. Women’s History Network - University of Kent (Canterbury) 

Dean, H. (2015). Debunking the myth of female entrepreneurs’ underperformance:
An oral history perspective. Association of Business Historians Conference – Exeter University Business School 

Dean, H. and Ford,J (2014). Oral history narratives of female entrepreneurs. Troubling Narrative Conference – Huddersfield University 


Dean, H. (2013). Female entrepreneurs’ stories: An emancipatory impulse. Advancing European Traditions of Entrepreneurship Studies Conference - Leeds