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Dr Richard A Courtney

Head of Department

I am the Head of Department for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Finance

  • University of East London
    University Square
    1 Salway Road
    London, E15 1NF
    United Kingdom
    E15 1NF

    I am a Business and Management academic with specialisms in Entrepreneurship, Higher Education, and Public Management, and Cultural Management. I have worked with English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and provided consultancy for the National Trust on issues of Englishness, Identity, and community engagement methodologies.

    I have held posts at the University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University, and Coventry University, where I have developed a number of entrepreneurship course and an entrepreneurial curriculum that works with employers and organizations looking to promote enterprising skills in graduates. 

    I head up the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Finance Department, where I provide leadership to over 40 academic staff, oversee our academic offer at all levels, and work to implement our Vision 2028 strategy into everything will do at a departmental level. 
    BSc Sociology; MSc Social Research; PhD


    I am interested in research on the efficacy of entrepreneurial education and policy, especially around the Arts and Creative Economy.

    Most recent research:

    • ESRC seminar series entitled: ‘New Institutional Imperatives: The Third Mission & the Contemporary University’ – value £13,880 (ES/I002774/1)

    • AHRC Research Development Award, entitled: ‘Building Shared Heritages: Cultural Diversity in Leicester’ – value £20,102 (AH/J013676/1)

    • AHRC Community Heritage Follow-up Grant, entitled: ‘Building and Enriching Shared Heritages: A Toolkit for Community Organizations’ – value £52,143.83 (AH/K007661/1)

    • AHRC Development Grant, entitled: ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’: Co-designing a research project – value £124,130.00 (AH/K006754/1)




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    Most recent publication:

    • Courtney, R. A., (2017), Network Governance in the Heritage Ecology, Journal of Management & Governance, pp1-17,

    • Bashforth, M. M. Benson., T. Boon., L. Brigham., R. Brigham., K. Brookfield., P. Brown., D. Callaghan., J.P. Calvin., R. Courtney., K. Cremin., P. Furness., H. Graham., A. Hale., P. Hodgkiss., J. Lawson, R. Madgin., P. Manners., D. Robinson., J. Stanley., M. Swan., J. Timothy and R. Turner. (2016) ‘Socialising Heritage / Socialising Legacy’, in Facer, K and K. Pahl (eds) Connected Communities Legacies. Bristol: Policy Press.

    • Quinn, M., and Courtney, R. A., (2016), The Public Sector as an Entrepreneur? In Liddle, J., (ed) (2016), Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research Volume 6.

    • Courtney, R. A., (2013), The Contentedness of a Contentless Englishness, In: Context – the magazine of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, No 137.

    • Courtney, R. A., (2013), Book Review: Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community by Bernhard Yack, In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol 37, No 5, pp 874-5.

    • Courtney, R. A., (2012) ‘Public Sociology, Critical Sociology, and The Sociological Enterprise’, In: Love, K., (2012) (Ed), Studies in Qualitative Methodology Vol 12: Ethics in Social Research, Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

    • Vorley, T., Mould, O., and Courtney, R. A., (2012) ‘My Network is Not Working: Conceptualising the latent and dysfunctional dimensions of the network paradigm’. In: Economic Geography, Vol 88, No 1. Pp 77-96.

    • Courtney, R. A., (2011) ‘This is Our Island: Multiple class heritage or ethnic solidarities?’ In: Smith, L., Shackel, P., and Campbell, G., (eds) (2011), Heritage, Labour and the working classes. London: Routledge.



    Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Cultural Economy, Cultural Heritage/Identity



    Entrepreneurship, Leadership; Strategic Management