Laura Jackman is an Assistant Professor at Edinburgh Business School and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Laura teaches on entrepreneurship courses for the MBA on-campus programme and is course leader for the entrepreneurial venturing course.

Her academic background is teaching a range of business management subjects, including entrepreneurship, business venturing, and innovation and creativity across several institutions. Prior to academia Laura had a diverse career across different sectors, both in large and small companies in the private sector and voluntary sector.

Laura’s research interests are around enterprise management and the socio-economic environment for enterprise with a particular interest in marginalised groups. Current research projects explore self-employment, poverty and the welfare system. Previous research has focussed on female entrepreneurship, specifically in terms of parenthood and motivations.

Laura regularly reviews for several journals on entrepreneurship and small businesses as well as regularly submitting her own research for review in addition to presenting her work at conferences.
She has guest-edited with Professor Laura Galloway and other colleagues for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial behaviour and Research on the Intersectionality of Entrepreneurship. Laura has also written several teaching case studies as well frequently contributing to the Edinburgh Business School’s blog and wider entrepreneurship publications, including websites and magazines.


2016 - Associate Member of BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT
2016 - Prince2 Practitioner

2015 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2015 - SEDA Professional Framework Award in Teaching Learning and Assessment

2015 - PGCE Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Edinburgh Napier University

2013 - BA (Hons), Edinburgh Napier University

Publications and conference papers

Jackman L, Galloway L, Kapasi I, and Mihut A (2018) Exploring the experiences of entrepreneurship in response to incapacity and need. RENT XXXII Conference “Sustainable entrepreneurship: A win-win strategy for the future”, 14-16 November 2018, Toledo.

Smith A, Galloway L, Jackman L, Danson M, and Whittam G (2018) Poverty, social exclusion and enterprise policy: A study of UK policies’ effectiveness over 40 years. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Jackman L, Medero G, Chapman S, and Anderson M (2017) Kenoteq – From lab to marketplace: A teaching case study. The 40th ISBE Annual Conference, 8-9 November 2017, Belfast.

Coleman M, Matthews-Smith G, Jackman L, and Cormican K (2017) Entrepreneurship as Practice: Perspectives from Scottish Enterprise Educators. 2nd Entrepreneurship as Practice PhD & Research Workshop February 20th – 21st 2017 UCD School of Business, Dublin, Ireland.

Osowska R, Kapasi I, and Jackman L (2016) The effect of culture on female entrepreneurship motivations. 5th International Workshop ECFED-2016 (Entrepreneurship, Culture, Finance and Economic Development) Lyon the 23rd and 24th of June.

Jackman L, Brodie J, and Thomson E (2015) Exploring the Female Entrepreneur through the Lens of Identity Theory. The 38th ISBE Annual Conference, 11-12 November 2015, Glasgow