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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Chris Phelan

Chris Phelan is a Senior Lecturer in Lincoln International Business School. Chris joined the University of Lincoln in 2014, having previously held an academic post at the University of Central Lancashire, where he also completed his PhD which considered the entrepreneurial competencies of rural business owners. Prior to commencing an academic career, Chris worked in a number of project management roles in the public sector, principally related to regeneration and local economic development. Chris's research continues to consider the contribution of entrepreneurs and small business owners to local economic development. In particular, the role of competencies and skills development within regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. More recently, Chris's work has focused on entrepreneurial development in the Global South, with ongoing data collection in Mexico, Ghana and Bhutan. Chris is particularly interested in the potential for entrepreneurship to contribute to poverty reduction and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Department Responsibilities

Study Abroad / Exchange Coordinator for Lincoln International Business School Member of the College Academic Affairs Committee Teaching and supervision in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Tourism Management

Subject Specialism

Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Rural Development, Tourism Management


  • PhD (Rural Entrepreneurship) — University of Central Lancashire,
  • Postgraduate Certificate: Business and Management Research Methods — University of Central Lancashire,
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management — University of Central Lancashire,


Chris has been involved in a number of consultancy studies, funded by HLF, ERDF, Lincolnshire County Council and the Regional Development Agencies.

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Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurial Competencies

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Human Capital

  • Q-Methodology

  • Rural Development

  • Rural Tourism

  • Social Capital

  • Tourism Management

Research Projects

  • Developing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Bhutan — Partnership with Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu, Bhutan in 2017
  • Entrepreneurial Learning and Development in Northern Ghana — Partnership with the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana in 2017
  • Sherwood Forest Trust: Building our Resilience — Heritage Lottery Fund (with Rose Regeneration Ltd.) in 2016
  • OnLincolnshire Knowledge Base Collaboration (Rural Broadband) — ERDF / Lincolnshire County Council in 2015

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Study Abroad Coordinator - International Business, Tourism and Event Management Degrees — 2017 to Present
  • Personal Tutor - BA (Hons) Business and Marketing — 2015 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Coordinator - International Entrepreneurship — 2015 to Present
  • Module Coordinator - Strategic Management for Sport, Tourism and Events — 2014 to Present
  • Module Coordinator - Destination Management — 2016 to Present
  • Module Coordinator - Tourism Enterprise Project — 2016 to Present
  • Module Tutor - Managing the Environment for Tourism & Events — 2014 to Present