Dr Cristian Gherhes

Research Associate

Room: E012
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3343
Email: c.gherhes@sheffield.ac.uk


Cristian is a Research Associate at the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED). Cristian joined Sheffield University Management School in May 2018 after completing his PhD at the University of Sheffield which explored the challenges of entrepreneurship in peripheral post-industrial places. His work focuses on economic development and innovation-led growth.

Research Interests

Cristian’s research interests centre on entrepreneurship, institutions and local and regional economic development. He is particularly interested in economic regeneration in peripheral and post-industrial places and in the effectiveness of multi-scalar governance arrangements. His work is concerned with how institutions and institutional arrangements shape entrepreneurial activity at different geographical levels. Cristian has wider interests in innovation-led growth and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

PhD Supervision

Cristian is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

• Regional and local economic development
• Entrepreneurship and small business
• Economic resilience
• Entrepreneurial ecosystems


Gherhes, C., Vorley, T. and Williams, N. (2018). Entrepreneurship and local economic resilience: the impact of institutional hysteresis in peripheral places. Small Business Economics, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-017-9946-7.

Vorley, T., Brooks, C., Gherhes, C and Williams, N. (2017). The nature of publicly funded innovation and implications for regional growth: reflections from the Sheffield City Region. Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, 28(1), 6-21.

Gherhes, C., Williams, N., Vorley, T. and Vasconcelos, A.C. (2016). Distinguishing micro-businesses from SMES: a systematic review of growth constraints. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 23(4), 939-963.