David Smallbone is Professor for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Associate Director of the Small Business Research Centre. David is also Past President of the International Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ICSB) and the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB). He is Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, China and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.
David has been involved in research relating to SMEs and SME policy since the late 1980s and has been a regular presenter at national and international conferences during this period. He has published widely on topics that include: entrepreneurship and small business development in transition economies; entrepreneurship and small business policy; high growth SMEs; enterprise development in rural areas; innovation and innovation policy; internationalisation and ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurship.
He has extensive experience of research based consultancy for a range of national and international clients, including central government departments in different countries, the European Commission, UNDP and the OECD.