Yousef Qaisi

Yousef Qaisi


My PhD project revolves around the examination of refugee camp entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on both Global North and Global South case studies. I explore the intricacies of entrepreneurship within constrained institutional contexts, ranging from the informal settlements in France, such as Calais and Dunkirk, to the more formally administered UN camps in Jordan, namely the Zaatari and Azraq camps.

Within this research, I aim to explicate the dialectic relationship between entrepreneurial action and the evolution of social (macro/meso) and human (individual) structures. Importantly, I explore how human agency manifests through camp enterprise and the influence these endeavors have not only on social structures but also on the individuals themselves. Additionally, I investigate the impact of constraints have on entrepreneurship agency within these unique contexts, shedding light on the broader implications of entrepreneurship within constrained contexts.

Research interests

  • Refugee/migrant entrepreneurship
  • Constrained entrepreneurship
  • Religious entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship in the Global South


  • LUBS Management Division Full Scholarship
  • Journal of Business Venturing Insights Academy Graduate (Durham University)

LinkedIn profile: my research


  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • PgCert (Distinction)
  • BSc (Hons) (First class)