Dr Robyn Owen


NameDr Robyn Owen
Job titleProfessor of Entrepreneurial Finance
Research institute
Primary appointmentCentre for Enterprise, Environment and Development Research
Email addressr.owen@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4241-3367
Contact categoryResearcher

Research outputs

Finance and funding for upscaling sustainable fashion

Lyon, F., Elf, P., Owen, R. and Werner, A. 2023. Finance and funding for upscaling sustainable fashion. in: Charter, M., Pan, B. and Black, S. (ed.) Accelerating Sustainability in Fashion, Clothing and Textiles London Taylor & Francis (Routledge).

Demand for external finance by environmentally-motivated SMEs: An exploration of geographical disparities and potential in relation to Net Zero

Gottschalk, S. and Owen, R. 2023. Demand for external finance by environmentally-motivated SMEs: An exploration of geographical disparities and potential in relation to Net Zero. London, UK Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).

Developing Brazil's sustainable finance entrepreneurship ecosystem: The role of keystone actors and institutional logics

Elf, P. and Owen, R. 2023. Developing Brazil's sustainable finance entrepreneurship ecosystem: The role of keystone actors and institutional logics. in: Hussain, J.G., Salia, S. and Scott, J.M. (ed.) Entrepreneurial Financial Resilience and Financial Innovation in a Turbulent Era Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 190-207

Turning job seekers into job creators through entrepreneurship mentoring at Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust, India

Sanyal, C., Haddock-Millar, J., Sepulveda Ramirez, L., Owen, R., Syrett, S. and Kaye, N. 2023. Turning job seekers into job creators through entrepreneurship mentoring at Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust, India. in: Cannio, S., Carvalho, C. and Yu, F. (ed.) Mentoring with a Coaching Attitude: International Corporate Mentorship that Works London, UK Open University.

The role of the university entrepreneurial ecosystem in entrepreneurial finance: case studies of UK innovation knowledge centres

Owen, R., Vedanthachari, L. and Hussain, J. 2023. The role of the university entrepreneurial ecosystem in entrepreneurial finance: case studies of UK innovation knowledge centres. Venture Capital. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691066.2023.2205606

Editorial entrepreneurial finance for green innovative SMEs

Owen, R., Botelho, T., Mac an Bhaird, C., Hussain, J., Pierrakis, Y., Scott, J. and Lodh, S. 2023. Editorial entrepreneurial finance for green innovative SMEs. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 70 (3), pp. 942-949. https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2022.3224870

SME Financing for Biodiversity: Building Nature Measurement and Impacts into SME Financing (‘SME FinBio’)

Owen, R., Lyon, F., Burnett, A. and Lodh, S. 2022. SME Financing for Biodiversity: Building Nature Measurement and Impacts into SME Financing (‘SME FinBio’). Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

SME Finance for Biodiversity (‘FinBio’) in the UK - project summary

Owen, R., Lyon, F., Burnett, A. and Suman, L. 2022. SME Finance for Biodiversity (‘FinBio’) in the UK - project summary. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Rural social enterprise: contributions, challenges and support needs

Vickers, I., Owen, R., Lyon, F. and Darko, E. 2022. Rural social enterprise: contributions, challenges and support needs. Newcastle Newcastle University.

Solving the SME finance puzzle: an examination of demand and supply failure in the UK

Owen, R., Botelho, T., Hussain, J. and Anwar, O. 2023. Solving the SME finance puzzle: an examination of demand and supply failure in the UK. Venture Capital. 25 (1), pp. 31-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691066.2022.2135468

Reducing early-stage Cleantech funding gaps: an exploration of the role of Environmental Performance Indicators

Harrer, T. and Owen, R. 2022. Reducing early-stage Cleantech funding gaps: an exploration of the role of Environmental Performance Indicators. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. 28 (9), pp. 268-288. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-10-2021-0849

Exploring external finance to build back better a green UK SME economy

Owen, R., Lodh, S., Anwar, O. and Plekhanov, S. 2022. Exploring external finance to build back better a green UK SME economy. Enterprise Research Centre.

Policy briefing: Exploring external finance to build back better a green UK SME economy

Owen, R., Lodh, S., Anwar, O. and Plekhanov, S. 2022. Policy briefing: Exploring external finance to build back better a green UK SME economy. Enterprise Research Centre.

Home-based self-employment: combining personal, household and employment influences

Daniel, E. and Owen, R. 2022. Home-based self-employment: combining personal, household and employment influences. Journal of Enterprising Culture. 30 (02), pp. 123-160. https://doi.org/10.1142/s0218495822500054

Exploring the role of U.K. Government policy in developing the university entrepreneurial finance ecosystem for Cleantech

Owen, R. and Vedanthachari, L. 2023. Exploring the role of U.K. Government policy in developing the university entrepreneurial finance ecosystem for Cleantech. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 70 (3), pp. 1026-1039. https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2022.3153319

Does the cost of energy matter for innovation? The effects of energy prices on SME innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hussain, J., Karimu, A., Salia, S. and Owen, R. 2022. Does the cost of energy matter for innovation? The effects of energy prices on SME innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. 28 (2), pp. 548-566. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-10-2021-0855

Startup ventures and equity finance: How do Business Accelerators and Business Angels' assess the human capital of socio-environmental mission led entrepreneurs?

Pierrakis, Y. and Owen, R. 2023. Startup ventures and equity finance: How do Business Accelerators and Business Angels' assess the human capital of socio-environmental mission led entrepreneurs? Innovation. 25 (4), pp. 371-395. https://doi.org/10.1080/14479338.2022.2029706

Lessons from government venture capital funds to enable transition to a low-carbon economy: the U.K. case

Owen, R. 2023. Lessons from government venture capital funds to enable transition to a low-carbon economy: the U.K. case. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 70 (3), pp. 1040-1054. https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2021.3094992

Social Enterprise: Market Trends 2019

Owen, R., Lyon, F., Vickers, I. and Gottschalk, S. 2021. Social Enterprise: Market Trends 2019. London DCMS.

Annex 1 IKC and Stakeholder Topic Guide Summary

Owen, R. and Vedanthachari, L. 2021. Annex 1 IKC and Stakeholder Topic Guide Summary.

Financing Cleantech SME innovation: Setting an agenda

Owen, R., Brennan, G., Lyon, F. and Harrer, T. 2021. Financing Cleantech SME innovation: Setting an agenda. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 68 (4), pp. 1168-1172. https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2020.3005702

How Blockchain technology can monetize new music ventures: an examination of new business models

Owen, R. and O'Dair, M. 2020. How Blockchain technology can monetize new music ventures: an examination of new business models. Journal of Risk Finance. 21 (4), pp. 333-353. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRF-03-2020-0053

Early stage investing in green SMEs: the case of the UK

Owen, R., Lehner, O., Lyon, F. and Brennan, G. 2020. Early stage investing in green SMEs: the case of the UK. ACRN Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives. 8 (1), pp. 163-182. https://doi.org/10.35944/jofrp.2019.8.1.011

The evolution of entrepreneurial finance – 10 years after the global financial crisis [Editorial]

Mac an Bhaird, C., Owen, R. and Freel, M. 2019. The evolution of entrepreneurial finance – 10 years after the global financial crisis [Editorial]. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 20 (4), pp. 235-238. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465750319877017

An investigation of UK SME access to finance, growth and productivity, 2015-2017 - ERC Research Paper 79

Owen, R., Botelho, T., Anwar, O., Harrer, T. and Lodh, S. 2019. An investigation of UK SME access to finance, growth and productivity, 2015-2017 - ERC Research Paper 79. Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).

Finance pathways for young innovative small‐ and medium‐size enterprises: a demand‐side examination of finance gaps and policy implications for the post‐global financial crisis finance escalator

Owen, R., Deakins, D. and Savic, M. 2019. Finance pathways for young innovative small‐ and medium‐size enterprises: a demand‐side examination of finance gaps and policy implications for the post‐global financial crisis finance escalator. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 19-36. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2243

Emerging trends in government venture capital policies in smaller peripheral economies: lessons from Finland, New Zealand, and Estonia

Owen, R. and Mason, C. 2019. Emerging trends in government venture capital policies in smaller peripheral economies: lessons from Finland, New Zealand, and Estonia. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 83-93. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2248

The role of government venture capital funds: recent lessons from the U.K. experience

Owen, R., North, D. and Mac an Bhaird, C. 2019. The role of government venture capital funds: recent lessons from the U.K. experience. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 69-82. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2247

Financing new creative enterprise through Blockchain technology: opportunities and policy implications

O'Dair, M. and Owen, R. 2019. Financing new creative enterprise through Blockchain technology: opportunities and policy implications. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 9-17. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2242

Small beer? Peer-to-peer lending in the craft beer sector

Mac an Bhaird, C., Owen, R., Dodd, S., Wilson, J. and Bisignano, A. 2019. Small beer? Peer-to-peer lending in the craft beer sector. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 59-68. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2246

Financing social enterprises and the demand for social investment

Lyon, F. and Owen, R. 2019. Financing social enterprises and the demand for social investment. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 47-57. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2245

The influence of institutional environment on venture capital development in emerging economies: the example of Nigeria

Ekanem, I., Owen, R. and Cardoso, A. 2019. The influence of institutional environment on venture capital development in emerging economies: the example of Nigeria. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 95-107. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2249

Blockchain and other innovations in entrepreneurial finance: implications for future policy

Owen, R., Mac an Bhaird, C., Hussain, J. and Botelho, T. 2019. Blockchain and other innovations in entrepreneurial finance: implications for future policy. Strategic Change. 28 (1), pp. 5-8. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsc.2250

Monitoring and evaluating business mentoring: towards a research and evaluation toolkit to measure impact

Haddock-Millar, J., Sanyal, C., Kaye, N., Sepulveda Ramirez, L., Owen, R. and Syrett, S. 2018. Monitoring and evaluating business mentoring: towards a research and evaluation toolkit to measure impact. International Journal of Human Resource Development: Practice, Policy & Research. 3 (2), pp. 35-47. https://doi.org/10.22324/ijhrdppr.3.115

Enabling investment for the transition to a low carbon economy: government policy to finance early stage green innovation

Owen, R., Brennan, G. and Lyon, F. 2018. Enabling investment for the transition to a low carbon economy: government policy to finance early stage green innovation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 31, pp. 137-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.03.004

Exploring the success and barriers to SME access to finance and its potential role in achieving growth

Owen, R., Botelho, T. and Anwar, O. 2016. Exploring the success and barriers to SME access to finance and its potential role in achieving growth. Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).

Which SMEs seek external support? Business characteristics, management behaviour and external influences in a contingency approach

Mole, K., North, D. and Owen, R. 2017. Which SMEs seek external support? Business characteristics, management behaviour and external influences in a contingency approach. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 35 (3), pp. 476-499. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X16665362

The role of government co-investment funds in the supply of entrepreneurial finance: An assessment of the early operation of the UK Angel Co-investment Fund

Owen, R. and Mason, C. 2017. The role of government co-investment funds in the supply of entrepreneurial finance: An assessment of the early operation of the UK Angel Co-investment Fund. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 35 (3), pp. 434-456. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774x16667072

An assessment of the business impacts of the UK's Enterprise Capital Funds

Owen, R. 2016. An assessment of the business impacts of the UK's Enterprise Capital Funds. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 34 (8), pp. 1556-1581. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X15625995

The role of UK government hybrid venture capital funds in addressing the finance gap facing innovative SMEs in the post-2007 financial crisis era

Owen, R. and North, D. 2015. The role of UK government hybrid venture capital funds in addressing the finance gap facing innovative SMEs in the post-2007 financial crisis era. in: Hussain, J. and Scott, J. (ed.) Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Finance Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 125-146

Beyond the global financial crisis: challenges facing venture capitalists operating in an emerging economy such as Nigeria

Ekanem, I., Cardoso, A. and Owen, R. 2015. Beyond the global financial crisis: challenges facing venture capitalists operating in an emerging economy such as Nigeria. ISBE 2015: 38th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference. Glasgow, Scotland 11 - 12 Nov 2015

Investigating the relationship between formal time management practices and business performance of UK SMEs

Vedanthachari, L. and Owen, R. 2015. Investigating the relationship between formal time management practices and business performance of UK SMEs. ISBE 2015: 38th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference. Glasgow 11 - 12 Nov 2015

Financing SME growth in the UK: meeting the challenges after the global financial crisis

Harison, R. and Owen, R. 2015. Financing SME growth in the UK: meeting the challenges after the global financial crisis. Venture Capital. 17 (1-2), pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691066.2015.1050241

The future of early stage and growth finance in Northern Ireland, Report to the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI)

Owen, R. 2015. The future of early stage and growth finance in Northern Ireland, Report to the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI).

Sub-post offices and high street revitalisation: lessons from the experience of grant assistance to sub-post offices in deprived urban areas of the UK

Owen, R., North, D. and Vickers, I. 2015. Sub-post offices and high street revitalisation: lessons from the experience of grant assistance to sub-post offices in deprived urban areas of the UK. Local Economy. 30 (4), pp. 435-451. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094215586958

Establishing a new UK finance escalator for innovative SMEs: the roles of the Enterprise Capital Funds and Angel Co-investment Fund

Owen, R. and Mason, C. 2015. Establishing a new UK finance escalator for innovative SMEs: the roles of the Enterprise Capital Funds and Angel Co-investment Fund. Venture Capital. 17 (1-2), pp. 59-86. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691066.2015.1021025

What is the role of public feeder markets in developing technology-based small firms? An exploration of the motivations for listing on AIM since the GFC

Owen, R. 2015. What is the role of public feeder markets in developing technology-based small firms? An exploration of the motivations for listing on AIM since the GFC. Venture Capital. 17 (1-2), pp. 87-112. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691066.2015.1021028

Assessment of the online business support offer : growth and improvement service, my new business and helpline

Owen, R., Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Middlesex University Business School and BMG Research Assessment of the online business support offer : growth and improvement service, my new business and helpline. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills..

Investigation into the motivations behind the listing decisions of UK companies

Owen, R., Supri, S., North, D., Macaulay, P., Rushton, C., CEEDR and Middlesex University Business School 2013. Investigation into the motivations behind the listing decisions of UK companies. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills..

Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment

Lyon, F. and Owen, R. 2014. Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment. Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.

Funding the growth of UK technology-based small firms since the financial crash: are there breakages in the finance escalator?

North, D., Owen, R. and Ullah, F. 2013. Funding the growth of UK technology-based small firms since the financial crash: are there breakages in the finance escalator? Venture Capital. 15 (3), pp. 237-260. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691066.2013.804755

SME finance in London - final report to the Greater London Authority

Owen, R. and Greater London Authority 2013. SME finance in London - final report to the Greater London Authority. Greater London Authority.

Playing with numbers: a methodological critique of the social enterprise growth myth

Teasdale, S., Lyon, F. and Owen, R. 2013. Playing with numbers: a methodological critique of the social enterprise growth myth. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. 4 (2), pp. 113-131. https://doi.org/10.1080/19420676.2012.762800

Early assessment of the UK innovation investment fund

North, D., Owen, R. and Lewis, A. 2012. Early assessment of the UK innovation investment fund. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills..

Follow-up research into mid-cap business having difficulty raising bank finance.

North, D. and Owen, R. 2010. Follow-up research into mid-cap business having difficulty raising bank finance. London Middlesex University.

Approaches to measuring the scale of the social enterprise sector in the UK

Lyon, F., Teasdale, S. and Owen, R. 2010. Approaches to measuring the scale of the social enterprise sector in the UK. Birmingham Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.

Early assessment of the impact of BIS equity fund initiatives

North, D., Owen, R., Ekanem, I., Lewis, A. and CEEDR 2010. Early assessment of the impact of BIS equity fund initiatives. London Middlesex University.

Is there a debt finance gap relating to Scottish SMEs? A demand-side perspective

North, D., Owen, R. and Ekanem, I. 2010. Is there a debt finance gap relating to Scottish SMEs? A demand-side perspective. Venture Capital. 12 (3), pp. 173-192. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691061003658670

Local area agreements and local economic development

Syrett, S., North, D., Owen, R., Etherington, D., Engelbert, S. and CEEDR 2009. Local area agreements and local economic development. London Department for Communities and Local Government.

Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city

Syrett, S., Owen, R., Middlesex University. Regional Regeneration Research Programme. and CEEDR 2001. Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city. London. Middlesex University Press.

Mystery shopping the early stages of the Business Link service

North, D. and Owen, R. 2009. Mystery shopping the early stages of the Business Link service. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills..

Influences on small firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety.

Owen, R., James, P., Smallbone, D. and Vickers, I. 2006. Influences on small firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 24 (6), pp. 827-846. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0564

Access to bank finance for Scottish SMEs.

North, D., Owen, R., Deakins, D. and Whittam, G. 2008. Access to bank finance for Scottish SMEs. Belfast Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

Types and impacts of BME businesses

Lyon, F., Owen, R., McPherson, M., Ekanem, I., Ellis, C., Bertotti, M., Sepulveda Ramirez, L., Oyelere, M. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2007. Types and impacts of BME businesses. South East England Development Agency.

Review of the enterprise promotion fund

Vickers, I., Owen, R., Etherington, D., North, D. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2006. Review of the enterprise promotion fund. Small Business Service..

Evaluation of the deprived urban post office fund.

North, D., Vickers, I., Owen, R., Ekanem, I. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2005. Evaluation of the deprived urban post office fund. London Office of the Deputy Prime Minister..

Understanding small firm responses to regulation: the case of workplace health and safety

Vickers, I., Smallbone, D., James, P. and Owen, R. 2005. Understanding small firm responses to regulation: the case of workplace health and safety. Policy Studies. 26 (2), pp. 149-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442870500127626

Regulating health and safety in small firms.

Smallbone, D., Vickers, I., James, P. and Owen, R. 2005. Regulating health and safety in small firms. in: Gray, C. and Bannock, G. (ed.) Government regulation and the small firm Milton Keynes, UK Open University Business School.

Public service sectors in rural England.

North, D., Lyon, F., Ramsden, M., Owen, R. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2004. Public service sectors in rural England. Cheltenham Commission for Rural Communities.

The use of external sources of health and safety information and advice: the case of small firms

Vickers, I., Smallbone, D. and Owen, R. 2004. The use of external sources of health and safety information and advice: the case of small firms. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 2 (1), pp. 91-104.

Access to finance by ethnic minority businesses in the UK

Owen, R., Deakins, D., Ram, M. and Smallbone, D. 2003. Access to finance by ethnic minority businesses in the UK. International Small Business Journal. 21 (3), pp. 291-314. https://doi.org/10.1177/02662426030213003

Cultural influences on health and safety attitudes and behaviour in small firms.

Vickers, I., Owen, R., Smallbone, D., James, P., Ekanem, I., Bertotti, M. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2003. Cultural influences on health and safety attitudes and behaviour in small firms. London Health & Safety Executive Research Report, HSE Books.

Policy support for small firms in rural areas: the English experience

Smallbone, D., Owen, R. and North, D. 2003. Policy support for small firms in rural areas: the English experience. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 21 (6), pp. 825-841. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0316

Bridging the gap in support for ethnic minority owned business: the case of Devon and Cornwall

Owen, R. and Smallbone, D. 2003. Bridging the gap in support for ethnic minority owned business: the case of Devon and Cornwall. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 10 (1), pp. 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626000310461204

Reshaping London's economic governance: the role of the London Development Agency

Syrett, S. and Owen, R. 2003. Reshaping London's economic governance: the role of the London Development Agency. European Urban and Regional Studies. 10 (1), pp. 69-86. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776403010001323

Targeted support for high-growth start-ups: some policy issues

Owen, R., Burgess, S. and Smallbone, D. 2002. Targeted support for high-growth start-ups: some policy issues. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 20 (2), pp. 195-209. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0049

Governing London: challenges for the new economic governance

Syrett, S., Owen, R., Middlesex University. Regional Regeneration Research Programme. and CEEDR 2001. Governing London: challenges for the new economic governance. in: Syrett, S. and Owen, R. (ed.) Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city London Middlesex University Press. pp. 48-160

Ethnic minority enterprise: policy in practice.

Ram, M., Smallbone, D., Owen, R., Ekanem, I. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2001. Ethnic minority enterprise: policy in practice. Small Business Service..

Changing times, changing styles: new forms of economic governance in London

Syrett, S., Owen, R., Middlesex University. Regional Regeneration Research Programme. and CEEDR 2001. Changing times, changing styles: new forms of economic governance in London. in: Syrett, S. and Owen, R. (ed.) Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city London Middlesex University Press. pp. 1-22

From crisis manager to strategic partner: the changing role of four london boroughs in economic regeneration.

North, D. and Owen, R. 2000. From crisis manager to strategic partner: the changing role of four london boroughs in economic regeneration. Town Planning Review. 71 (4), pp. 435-454.

The implications of new technology for the skill and training needs of small and medium-sized printing firms

Smallbone, D., Supri, S. and Owen, R. 2000. The implications of new technology for the skill and training needs of small and medium-sized printing firms. Education and training. 42 (4), pp. 299-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910010347768
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