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Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CISEI)

We research socially inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship


The Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CISEI) undertakes cutting-edge research on socially inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation. We engage with a diverse set of stakeholders, including managers, policy makers in government organisations and social enterprises, to empower individuals and organisations to tackle critical equality, diversity and sustainability challenges.

We offer an inclusive platform for interdisciplinary and impactful research in these domains. By building critical mass, we endeavour to tackle sustainability, diversity and inclusiveness from other disciplinary perspectives.

The Centre benefits from The Digital Economy Lab (led by Vadim Grinevich). This serves as a cross-faculty, multi-disciplinary hub for research, knowledge-exchange and experimentation. The Digital Economy Lab also engages directly with businesses looking for models to maximise the economic, social, and environmental benefits of sharing practices enabled by new digital technologies.

Given the University’s strategic direction, underpinned by the values of excellence, creativity, community and integrity, the Centre plays a pivotal role in connecting several strands of sustainability, diversity and inclusiveness in the main domains of entrepreneurship and innovation research.


The key objectives of the CISEI include:

  • To generate critical and cutting-edge research in the domains of inclusive and/or sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation in order to influence business practices, related policies, and curriculum development;
  • To enhance the impact and trans-disciplinarity of research in this area in order to tackle inequalities in entrepreneurship and innovation and/or sustainability challenges, and develop critical management tools to address these challenges;
  • To broaden the knowledge base in this field and contribute to the School’s research strategy and that of the University, with an emphasis on connectedness, sustainability and diversity.


There are PhD opportunities within the CISEI in the areas of entrepreneurship and social inclusion; inclusive enterprise; sustainable entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainability; diversity management and entrepreneurship; the sharing economy and inclusiveness.


Courses offered

The Centre offers three postgraduate courses:



Meet our graduates

Kaushal Shah graduated from the Southampton Business School and has since expanded his family business EnvoPap, after learning skills from his MSc programme in the Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Find out more.

Damilola Teidi used her skills from her MSc Business Strategy and Innovation Management to establish her company Read about her experiences in her alumni profile


Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Tom Cridland, one of UK’s leading sustainable fashion entrepreneurs. Tom Cridland met with students of MSc Entrepreneurship and Management and MSc Business Strategy & Innovation Management in May 2017 to explore potential avenues for collaboration. We are looking forward to Tom’s involvement on these programmes.


If you’re a prospective PhD student interested in undertaking research within the centre, or an organisation interested in partnering with us, please contact Mine Ozkan-Karatas, Head of the Centre, at


Director of the Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Department of Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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