Deema Refai

Dr

20142019

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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

  • 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

  • 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

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    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

  • Open Access
  • 8 Citations (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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 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