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In progress: Phd Women’s Entrepreneurship Education; Post Graduate Certificate in Research
PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner (P2R/912361)
PG Dip Equal Opportunities
Cert Ed
BA (Hons) Combined Studies (English and History) 2:1 (Captain JTH Beetham Prize for History)

Main Teaching Areas

Course Leader of Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring for Entrepreneurial Practice
Course Leader of Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Practice
MSc International Business and Enterprise: Developing the Entrepreneurial Organisation Module Leader
Course Leader for MSc Entrepreneurship (Female Entrepreneurs)
Module Leader for:
Critical Reflection on Learning in the Workplace
Starting And Developing a New Enterprise (SANE)
Entrepreneurial Studies
Independent Study – Action research and reflective practice
Business Relationships


From 2012-2015 Co-Director then Director of the £5 million Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE) Convergence ESF project (Lead: University of South Wales); Partners: Cardiff University and The Women’s Workshops, Cardiff)
Course Leader of Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring for Entrepreneurial Practice
Course Leader of Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Practice
Previously Module Leader Developing The Entrepreneurial Organisation (MSc International Business and Enterprise)


Within the University of South Wales, in addition to experience of course and module leadership, establishment and leadership of Women’s Entrepreneurship Hub since 2008
Director of Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE) Convergence Project tackling gender pay inequalities in employment and self employment
Previously leadership of Women’s Entrepreneurshp in the European Union (WEEU), a transnationalproject and team, during a two year, three country project in the field of women’s entrepreneurship education.
Extensive experience as a woman entrepreneur running highly successful companies specialising in equalities and gender issues before returning to an academic career. This included education, training, research and consultancy for large public sector organisations as well as private and third sector clients wthin Wales, the UK and Europe and running European Funded projects in the areas of women returning to work, women and enterprise/self employment, women into management, women’s management development and leadership.


Deputy Director of Centre for Enterprise (Head of Women’s Entrepreneurship Hub)
Development of women’s entrepreneurship strategy and associated research, policy and practice initiatives
Director, Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE) Project


Atkinson, C., (2012), ‘Networking Entrepreneurial Women for Knowledge Exchange’, 35th International ISBE Conference, Dublin, 7-8 November.

Atkinson, C. and Bairstow, S., (2012), “Engagement, empowerment and women entrepreneurs: an exploratory study in the South Wales Valleys”, Gender, Work & Organisation 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele, 27-29 June

Atkinson, Christine; Miller, Christopher; Thomas, Brychan and Pold Bev, (2012) ‘Encouraging women innovators: applying a gender perspective to innovation in Wales’, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Conference, Newport, 20 March.

Atkinson, Christine, (2010) ‘Challenging teaching and learning for women entrepreneurs in the EU’, 33rd International ISBE Conference, London, 2-4 November.

Atkinson, Christine; Wright, Diane and Pickernell, David (2009) ‘Women entrepreneurs: teaching and learning’, 32nd International ISBE Conference, Liverpool, 3-6 November.

Atkinson, Christine; Kwong, Caleb and Packham, Gary, (2008) ‘Gender segregation and concentration in entrepreneurship: the case of Wales, UK’, 31st International ISBE Conference, Belfast, 5-7 November.

Atkinson, Christine, (2008) “Motivations and realities of women’s business networking: a Welsh case”, PROWESS 5th International Conference, Peterborough, 20-21 February.

Atkinson, Christine, Burnett, Lis, Chris Miller and Gary Packham, (2007) “Reflections on a student project to embed theory and practice”, 30th I International ISBE Conference, Glasgow, 7-9 November.

Atkinson, Christine and Muir, Elizabeth J. (2006) “A poisoned apple? Does flexible working help or hinder women entrepreneurs?”, PROWESS, Cardiff, 8-9 February.

Atkinson, Christine, ‘United Kingdom, the case of Torfaen’ in Astelarra, Judith (ed) (2005), ‘Participation of women and men in decision-making: an analysis of 5 European organisations’, Diputacio de Barcelona.

Atkinson, Christine and Edwards, Louise-Jayne (2003), ‘Let me entertain you’ – reflections on entrepreneurial teaching and learning’, Prowess, Brighton, 5-7 November.

Muir, Elizabeth J. and Atkinson, Christine (2002), ‘The birthing of a women’s business network’, EURAM, Stockholm, May 9-11.

Atkinson, Christine (2001), ‘With a little help from my friends! Networking and mentoring among entrepreneuses for personal, business and professional development’, Pickernell, David (ed) Working Paper Series, Paper 18, Welsh Enterprise Institute, University of Glamorgan Business School.


Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Fellow of the RSA (Ref 8033390)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Ref 52350)
Fellow of Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (Ref 136793162415579)


Women’s Development Programme for women in the Vale of Glamorgan Council aiming for management

Strategic Insight Programme placement with Chwarae Teg

Together We Win (encouraging Welsh women inventors and investment in their ideas) funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.


Women’s entrepreneurship
Women’s entrepreneurship education
Women’s entrepreneurial networking
Women’s entrepreneurial mentoring
Women entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors
Work-life balance among women entrepreneurs
Reflective Practice

Recent Research Activity
Networking Entrepreneurial Women (NEW@Glam) – the development of a knowledge transfer initiative linking current women students who have an interest in entrepreneurship with women entrepreneurs and women representatives from the business support sector

Recently completed research activity
Lead of a 3 country Erasmus Multilateral Cooperation Project: Women’s Entrepreneurship in the European Union (WEEU): new approaches, teaching and learning in respect of business planning, creativity and innovation, social entrepreneurship, reconciliation of professional and private life, sustainability and sustainable development.

Areas of Expertise

Holder of Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

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