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About Mahdieh Zeinali

Mahdieh Zeinali is a PhD Student at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln.  The PhD research explores the different experiences of European females of running businesses in rural Lincolnshire. This research focuses on the role of gender on entrepreneurial journey and career trajectories of these immigrant women. The business angle to the research is based on the premise that entrepreneurship is increasingly aligned with social networks and social value creation, not just economic profits. Therefore, business in this sense provides a profound grounding for social interaction and engagement with local communities which can offer routes to integration for immigrants.

Department Responsibilities

Research assistant (RA) in a project funded by college Lecturer in Strategy & Enterprise; teaching on a range of modules including: Strategic Management Business & Society Entrepreneurship & Venture Creation Organisational Behaviour


  • MSc International Business — University of Lincoln, 2013
  • PhD Business and Management Systems — University of Lincoln- In progress,


  • College Research Fund (with Bosworth and Rydzik) — University of Lincoln,

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow