Prof Tim Vorley

Deputy Dean

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Associate Dean Impact, Innovation & Engagement

Room: E012
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3486
Twitter: @timvorley

Tim is an economic geographer by background, and the focus of his work is entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development. His interests are particularly concerned with the organisational dynamics of entrepreneurialism, and how this relates to the wider institutional environment and public policy. Prior to joining the Management School in September 2010, Tim was a University Lecturer in Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge (2007-2010) and worked as a Research Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford (2006-2007). He was previously a visiting researcher at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills during the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review and is currently on partial secondment to Innovate UK.


Tim primarily teaches entrepreneurship at postgraduate level, and is also the director the new MSc in Entrepreneurship. He is an innovative educator with a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching. His teaching is theoretically informed with a clear empirical focus that is accessible and relevant to students.

He has also developed a number of Teaching and Learning iPhone/iPad applications:

    DEEP (Developing Entrepreneurial and Enterprising People) which is aimed at supporting Early Career Researchers and Postgraduates Researchers independently reflect on their skills.

    The Effectuator is based on effectuation/effectual research to encourage students to think more entrepreneurially in developing business ideas.

    Idea Catalyst is an iPad app app aimed to support develop enterprising and entrepreneurial ideas using a canvas based methodology.

Tim is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Tim's primary research interests are in entrepreneurship, enterprise and regional economies. His work has a broad empirical focus, including Europe, Asia and South America, and is primarily concerned with institutional arrangements affect entrepreneurial activity.

Tim's wider interests include: Intrapreneurship, Industry Clusters, Regional Innovation Systems, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Tim is keen to hear from potential PhD candidates in any of these areas.

Areas of Research Supervision

Tim is a member of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) and his primary research interest is in entrepreneurship and local economic development.

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

Entrepreneurship and small business
Regional and local economic development
Economic resilience and growth

Recent invited papers and keynote Lectures

Invited Seminar on Entrepreneurial Universities and Regions at Institute of Education, London – May 2013.

Invited Guest Lecture on Entrepreneurial Resilience at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow – September 2012.

Invited Lecture on Effectuation and Entrepreneurial Learning at Technical University Berlin – August 2012.

Invited Keynote on the ‘Entrepreneurial Education and Graduate Start-ups’ at the European Business Network (EBN) - August 2011.

Key Projects / Grants

Title/ Description Awarding body Dates People Involved Amount
HS2 and Economic Development Doncaster MBC May 2015 Prof Gordon Dabinett £75000
Innovation Caucus ESRC/InnovateUK April 2015 Dr Chay Brooks £170000
Startify7 EU (Horizon 2020) January 2015 Dr Nick Williams, Dr Rob Wapshott €1.6m

Professional Activities, Recognition and Other Information

Deputy Director of the Research Exchange of the Social Sciences - supporting impact, engagement and knowledge exchange across the Faculty.