Dr Isla Kapasi

Dr Isla Kapasi


I am an early career researcher in the field of entrepreneurship. For my PhD I examined Home-based business: a means to what end? and I continue to explore this research area. Prior to developing my academic career, I was involved in public, private and third sector employment and self-employment. I have run several small businesses and I am currently a mentor for high growth firms in Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce. 

I am committed to research-informed teaching. I am experienced in the development of innovative teaching curricula, most recently with Team Entrepreneurship. I have in-depth experience of working with undergraduates, postgraduates and MBAs.   I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. 

I am currently a Lecturer in Enterprise within the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, Leeds University Business School.

Research interests

My current research interests include: critical entrepreneurship studies, motivation, poverty and home-based business. 


  • PhD in Management
  • MRes in Research Methods
  • MSc in Business Management with Entrepreneurship
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

Professional memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • European Group of Organization Studies
  • Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Student education

In session 2019-20 I am module leader for:

LUBS5526M Global Perspectives on Enterprise (Semester 1)

LUBS5528M Contemporary Challenges in Enterprise (Semester 1)

LUBS5954M Critically Assessing Research (Semester 2)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies