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I graduated with a BA in Geography from University of Leicester in 1984 and a PhD (Leicester) in 1988.  After working in Bristol and City University London on the 1970 Birth Cohort Study, I joined the Department of Geography at Portsmouth as a Lecturer in 1993. Between 1999-2016, I was the Departmental Lead for Teaching, Curriculum and Quality Enhancement. My current departmental role is REF Coordinator.

I have been Principle Lecturer since 2006 and currently act as External Examiner for BA Human Geography at Leeds Beckett University and MSc Human Geography by Research at the University of Reading.

Research Interests

Key Interests: Conditions of labouring in the creative economy; Self-employment, portfolio and fractured work; Spaces, places and practice of micro-entrepreneurship; Gender, self-employment and work-life balance; Motherhood, parenting and work.

An economic geographer with interests in work/labour, particularly entrepreneurship and self-employment in the creative industries. I am especially concerned with the intersection of the economic and the social at the level of the working pratices of individuals and households.  My most recent published research has investigated the phenomena of small-scale entrepreneurship carried out (and started up) within the context of family life, parenting and work-life balance. This group, sometimes called ‘mumpreneurs’, are typically professional mothers who have made the decision to manage this work-life balance through small business start-ups (Ekinsmyth 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

In previous research I have explored the work of freelancers in London's magazine publishing industry examined through the lenses of 'employment risk' and 'project-organisation'.

In new research I am examining the role of place in creative entrepreneurship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Learning about the urban environment: A case-study of newcomers to Leicester, University of Leicester

Award Date: 30 Nov 1988

External positions

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

1 Sep 201430 Jul 2018

External Examiner, University of Reading

1 Sep 201330 Jul 2017


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