Karen Bonner


  • Room 02.018 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

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Willing to act as a second supervisor on the following topics: Entrepreneurship Small business growth Innovation

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Research Statement

Dr Karen Bonner is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Queens University, Belfast. She is also a Research Associate of the Enterprise Research Centre providing support to the Demography and Innovation research themes. Her teaching and research interests have a policy focus and lie within the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth. Karen co-authors the UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report. She also has extensive experience utilising micro-data to examine aspects of firm performance in Northern Ireland and the UK.

Research Interests:


SME growth



Firm-level analysis



Karen gained her PhD from Aston Business School. She also has a First Class Hons Degree in Economics, and a Masters in Applied Economics, from Ulster University.


Prior to joining Queen's Karen was a Senior Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre within Aston Business School. She also previously worked as a Research Economist at the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (formerly Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre) and as a Research Assistant at the First Trust Bank.

Karen has extensive experience using micro-level data to understand firm level growth and performance and has recently undertaken a wide range of projects, to include programme evaluation, and analysis of firm behaviour and growth, for clients such as the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); the British Business Bank; Goldman Sachs; Scottish Enterprise, Invest NI and Forfás.




Module Co-ordinator:

MGT3011 Innovation Management

MBA7173 Entrepreneurship


Module Co-ordinator:

MGT3011 Managing Innovation 

MBA7166 Perspectives on Entrepreneurship, Risk and Innovation 



Exams Liaison Officer 

Business Management and International Business with a Language


Studies Advisor:

Years 1 and 2 Business Management


Office Hours: By appointment

Room 02.018 Management School

Riddel Hall

185 Stranmillis Road


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Research Output 2013 2019

Entrepreneurship and Regional Deprivation

Graham, B. & Bonner, K., 28 Aug 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Entrepreneurial behavior
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

Design Council Support and Business Survival and Growth

Bonner, K., Hart, M. & Heery, L., 02 Feb 2018, Design Council.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Fast-growth firms in the UK: definition and policy implications.

Du, J. & Bonner, K., 04 Dec 2017, Enterprise Research Centre, (Research Paper ; no. 63).

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
Policy implications
Firm growth
Productivity growth
51 Citations (Scopus)
130 Downloads (Pure)

Firms’ Knowledge Search and Local Knowledge Externalities in Innovation Performance

Roper, S., Love, J. & Bonner, K., 29 Oct 2017, In : Research Policy. 46, 1, p. 43-56

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reverse engineering
Knowledge acquisition

Activities 2017 2019

What do Derry and the North West need to prosper?

Graham Brownlow (Invited speaker), Karen Bonner (Invited speaker)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

ERC - BEIS IDBR workshop

Karen Bonner (Participant)
06 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

QUB School of Education's PGCHET Course

Karen Bonner (Participant)
16 Jan 201818 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

ONS Economic Forum

Karen Bonner (Participant)
07 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Small Business Economics (Journal)

Karen Bonner (Peer reviewer)
20 Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review