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Dr Robert Bowen

Dr Robert Bowen

Email
bowenr16@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
R09, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Dr Robert Bowen is an International Entrepreneurship academic at Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University, and has previously held academic positions at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University in Wales, and the University of Nantes in France. He also currently holds a position of Visiting Professor at Audencia Business School in Nantes, France. Dr Bowen undertakes research into rural enterprise, regional development, place marketing and SME internationalisation, with a strong interest in food and drink SMEs. He has published in a range of international journals, and presented his research at the Welsh Parliament, House of Lords, and European Commission. He currently holds positions of co-chair of the Rural Enterprise track at the annual ISBE (Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference, and Editor of Regions, an online publication of the Regional Studies Association. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My Public Value Story

Robert works closely with small businesses, both in a teaching and research capacity. Robert engages with small businesses in research, notably rural enterprises, helping to support growth and development through well-being. Examples from this research is included in teaching Entrepreneurship, with case studies and examples from his research across a range of settings including Wales, France, Malaysia, Brazil and Colombia. Robert also plays a leading role with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in ensuring that students have the opportunities to study Business through the medium of Welsh. Robert has experience in engaging with policymakers in the Welsh and British governments, as well as the European Commission. Furthermore, Robert regularly contributes to media discussions on small businesses and the Welsh economy, including the BBC and S4C.

Biography

Education and Qualifications

  • BA French and German, Cardiff University
  • MSc International Master in Management, Audencia Business School, Nantes, France
  • PhD in Management, Aberystwyth University
  • PGCTHE, Aberystwyth University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Career Overview

  • 2022 - Present: Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship, Cardiff University
  • 2017 - 2022: Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship, Swansea University
  • 2013 - 2017: Lecturer in Business, Aberystwyth University
  • 2012 - 2013: Marketing Officer, Scarlets Rugby
  • 2008 - 2011: Business Trainer, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Nantes/St Nazaire, France
  • 2005 - 2011: Teaching Fellow, Université de Nantes, France

Honours and awards

  • Alistair Anderson award for Best Paper by an ECR at the ISBE conference 2022
  • Best Paper in Regions, 2021
  • Best Paper in the Networks, Innovation and Policy track at the ISBE conference 2021
  • Best Paper in the Rural Enterprise track at the ISBE conference 2018

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Regional Studies
  • Member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Associate of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Speaking engagements

  • Launch of co-authored report 'After Brexit: 10 key questions for rural policy in Wales' at the House of Lords, December 2018
  • Invited to give evidence to the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committe, Welsh Parliament, March 2019
  • Invited to present a paper at the European Commission during the annual EU Week of Regions, October 2019
  • Invited to present a paper at the European Commission for the 2022 Commissioner Seminar Series, September 2022

External Research Seminars

  • Royal Agricultural University, May 2021
  • Aberystwyth University, October 2021
  • Sheffield University, March 2022
  • University of St Andrews, September 2022

Media Contributions

To date, Dr Bowen has made over 175 media contributions to:

  • BBC Radio Cymru
  • BBC Radio Wales
  • BBC News website
  • BBC Cymru Fyw
  • S4C Newyddion
  • Global Radio Network

Publications

2022

2021

2020

2019

Teaching

Dr Bowen is a member of the Marketing and Strategy team and contributes towards teaching on Entrepreneurship and Innovation modules. Additionally, he holds a position as Visiting Professor at Audencia Business School since 2016, where he teaches on the International Management and Food and Agribusiness Management programmes. He also works closely with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to develop and promote studying Business through the medium of Welsh.

Modules taught:

BS3003 Entrepreneurship and Business Start-ups

BST188 New Venture Creation

Dr Bowen’s research interests include rural entrepreneurship, regional development, place marketing and SME internationalisation, with a specialisation in the food and drink industry. His PhD conceptualised and examined the internationalisation of food and drink SMEs, drawing on theories of place marketing and internationalisation. He has experience of conducting fieldwork in various countries, including Wales, France, Malaysia, Colombia and Brazil. Dr Bowen has regularly presented research papers at international conferences, including the WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods) and ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conferences, winning Best Paper in the Rural Enterprise track at ISBE in 2018, and Best Paper in the Networks, Innovation and Policy track in 2021. He has also won Best Paper published in Regions in 2021. Dr Bowen has been invited to share his research with the Welsh Government, given evidence to the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee at the Welsh Assembly, and discussed co-authored work at the House of Lords. In 2019, he was invited to present his research at the European Commission during the annual EU Week of Regions.

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Rural Enterprise
  • SME Internationalisation
  • Rural Development
  • Small Business Growth