About us

The Centre for Networks and Enterprise (CNE) was set-up in March 2017 following the appointment of a new executive dean.

 Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean, is assisted by the director of the centre, Dr Dimitris Christopoulos, and a team of post-doctoral researchers and research assistants.

Scholars and faculty members at Heriot-Watt University (within Edinburgh Business School and across disciplines) are also actively engaged in our research and workshops.

Follow our projects on Twitter @CNE_EBS and contact us at cne@ebs.hw.ac.uk

Research projects

The centre is currently supporting research on gender and boardroom interlocks, finance syndication, social entrepreneurship and career progression. Our projects aim to optimise network interventions and offer policy advice where appropriate. Our research aims to support people to achieve their potential and facilitate business to optimise operations.

The motivation of social entrepreneurs

This research project will research social enterprises in Scotland. The aim of the study is to further understand Scottish social entrepreneurs’ motivations, opportunities, networks and the perception of success.

Read more about this project

Social networks for graduate PR students

This project focuses on the importance of BME graduates fostering connections with people working in the PR industry. The connection will be explored through the assignment of active PR professionals as mentors, and providing contexts where trainees can form relationships with a range of people working in the industry.

Read more about this project

Women executives on boards of UK FTSE 100 companies

We are examining the progress of women on the board of directors of companies, with the aim of analysing how women professionally progress and whether this is reflected in their presence as interlocks between boards.

Read more about this project

PhD studentship project - venture capital networks

This PhD study investigates the network effects resulting from syndication of investments within the venture capital industry in Europe. The relationship will be examined between firms interaction with each other, and the influence on the performance of their portfolio companies and funds. The project will hold a particular focus on the structure of social networks in Silicon Valley.

Read more about this project

Agents in home collected credit

This study aims to better situate home-collected credit in academic, policy and public debate. It also focuses on the relationships, intricacies and contingencies within the home-collected credit sector, building on and updating previous research in the field.

Read more about this project

Sustainable shellfish production in Scotland

This project focuses on UK fisheries and specifically what characterises the network of UK shellfish landing events. It aims to explore a new approach to managing fisheries, addressing imbalances and aligning aspirations to ground decision making at local levels.

Read more about this project


Sunbelt 2018, Utrecht

Five members of the CNE flew to Utrecht, Netherlands to attend the XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)...

Find out more...

Professor Paul Jones Guest Talk

On 12 September, Professor Paul Jones from Swansea University presented a talk on ‘Publishing in the Business Management Discipline’...

Find out more...

Professor Galloway’s Conference Paper

The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management Conference on Research Studies in Entrepreneurship and Small Business takes place this November.

Find out more...

PhD studentship

We're currently looking to fill two full-time, funded PhD studentships aimed at scholars who are interested in conducting research under the supervision of staff associated with the Centre for Networks and Enterprise. Interested parties should contact Holly Sinclair (holly.sinclair@ebs.hw.ac.uk) for more information on how to apply. The closing date for applications is midnight, 22nd September 2019.

Find out more...


We host events and workshops all year round and keep details on upcoming events listed here. To see our previous events, please see our Eventbrite.