Dr Chay Brooks

MA (Cantab), MPhil, PhD (Cantab), SFHEA

Management School

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

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Dr Chay Brooks
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Chay joined Sheffield University Management School in 2015 as a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship. Chay's research interests are in entrepreneurial philanthropy, the role of international organisations in supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the spatialities of entrepreneurship more broadly. Since joining SUMS, Chay has worked on numerous funded research projects including grants from the ESRC, British Academy and Innovate UK. Chay was director of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). Chay is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has led teaching across enterprise and entrepreneurship subjects at all levels both in the UK and overseas. Chay supervises PhD students exploring topics around entrepreneurship and innovation. He has also worked as an international expert for UK and international organizations.

  • PhD - University of Cambridge
  • MPhil - University of Cambridge
  • MA - University of Cambridge
Research interests

Chay's research is focused around three core streams: (i) the geographies of entrepreneurship and regional development, in particular the geopolitical and economic effects of entrepreneurship in transnational environments; (ii) the intersections of entrepreneurship and philanthropy, namely the work of international foundations of philanthropy in shaping economic and social development; (iii) the historical emergence of entrepreneurship. Across these three streams, Chay's research adopts an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to explain the role of institutional structures in creating and shaping entrepreneurial landscapes and relationships. Chay's work covers both theoretical and applied approaches that generates research-led impact through engagement with private and public sector stakeholders.


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Research group

Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED)

Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business Group

Teaching interests

Chay teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and professional learners. He has taught in the fields of entrepreneurship, small business, innovation, geography, and economics. His teaching philosophy is based on the development of critical and reflective learners, who take a detailed and rigorous approach to their learning. His teaching stresses a strong understanding of the theoretical and 'real world' issues within entrepreneurship and the importance of taking a critical and moral lens to critical economic and societal issues.

Chay is a current PhD supervisor and is engaged in PGR research training. Chay has worked as an external examiner, PhD examiner, and academic liaison to the University's International Faculty. At the University of Cambridge he was a Director of Studies and admissions interviewer at several colleges. Chay holds a Certificate in Learning and Teaching from the University of Sheffield and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching activities

Current modules

  • MGT229 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • MGT6234 New Venture Creation Challenge
PhD Supervision

Chay is interested in supervising PhD researchers interested in areas related to entrepreneurship, geopolitics and international business, philanthropy and regional economic development.