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Biography

Deema Refai is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Huddersfield Business School. Deema's academic career involved several roles in the Middle East and the UK; these included quality and administrative roles, alongside teaching and research. 

Deema completed her PhD in entrepreneurship education from the University of Huddersfield, with particular focus on the pharmacy sector. Her current research interests focus on entrepreneurship education and refugee entrepreneurship, where the latter focuses in particular on refugees' socio-cognitive interactions and entrepreneurial behaviours and identities. Deema has a lot of interest in applying different philosophical paradigms in qualitative research that investigates social processes through the application of a social lens in entrepreneurship research. Her research covers several areas relevant to refugee entrepreneurship in addition to entrepreneurial education and learning. 

Deema's teaching interests cover areas related to new venture creation, creativity and innovation, in addition to her interest in teaching philosophical paradigms and qualitative research methodologies. Deema also supervises a number of students undertaking postgraduate and PhD research.

Prior to joining academia, Deema completed her studies in pharmacy and worked in Pharmaceutical industry for a number of years at a multi-national pharmaceutical company. Her roles covered several regulatory and total quality management areas.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Refugee entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial education and learning
  • Value and values in entrepreneurship 

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 7 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Special issue

Egyptian Women Entrepreneurs: Challenges to Opportunities

Elkafrawi, N., McElwee, G. & Refai, D., 4 Aug 2019, International Council for Small Business (ICSB): 2019 Congress Proceedings. International Council for Small Business, p. 1-10 10 p. 26

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Women entrepreneurs
Rural women
Entrepreneurship
Owners
Poverty reduction

Focus Point: The need for alternative insight into the entrepreneurial education paradigm

Higgins, D., Refai, D. & Keita, D., 4 May 2019, In : Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship . 31, 3, p. 225-242 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Paradigm
Entrepreneurship education
Entrepreneurship
Experiential learning
Practice theory

Refugee Constrained Entrepreneurship – The Emergence of a Liquid Cage

Refai, D. & McElwee, G., 4 Aug 2019, International Council for Small Business (ICSB): 2019 Congress Proceedings. International Council for Small Business, p. 1-8 8 p. 1035

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Refugees
Entrepreneurship
Rationality
Iron
Expertise
6 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Lenses
Refugees
Jordan
Habitus
1 Citation (Scopus)

A mystagogical view of ‘withness’ in entrepreneurship education

Refai, D. & Higgins, D., 1 Apr 2017, In : Industry and Higher Education. 31, 2, p. 113-121 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
entrepreneurship
learning
education
Entrepreneurship education

Activities 2016 2019

  • 6 Oral presentation

Entrepreneurial Spaces: More than Just a Physical Space!

Deema Refai (Speaker), David Higgins (Speaker)
14 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Escaping the Iron Cage: Entrepreneurial Behaviour of Syrian Refugees

Deema Refai (Speaker), John Lever (Speaker), Radi Haloub (Speaker), Jamil Samawi (Speaker)
7 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

File

Promoting Authentic Learners through 'Witness' Entrepreneurship Education

Deema Refai (Speaker), David Higgins (Speaker), Rita Klapper (Speaker), Alain Fayolle (Speaker)
7 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Promoting Values through Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education - An Axiological Perspective

Deema Refai (Speaker), Alain Fayolle (Speaker)
9 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation