Dr Leandro Sepulveda is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University Business School. He has nearly twenty years' experience on policy-oriented research specialising in enterprise and social and economic development. His current research interests include social economy and public services (including social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and mutuals); population diversity and economic development (including migrant and ethnic enterprise), and SME development in developed and developing countries. His work in the UK has been commissioned by public agencies including H.M. Treasury, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Office for Civil Society (OCS), research councils such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and EU funded programmes such as EQUAL and Horizon2020. Leandro worked in Latin America as a Senior Researcher at the National University of General Sarmiento (UNGS), Institute of Industries, and as an external consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC-UN). Leandro has authored a number of reports, book chapters and journal articles, including in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development; Environment and Planning A; European Urban and Regional studies; Local Economy; Policy & Politics; Regional Studies; Social Enterprise Journal; Social Policy & Administration, and Revista CEPAL(ECLAC-UN) Buenos Aires. Overall the research projects which Leandro has lead and/or been involved in are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in research particularly in relation to sensitive variables such as gender, age and ethnicity as well as socio-economic background and geographical representation.
Portuguese (working knowledge)
Italian (working knowledge)
Leandro currently supervises three research students:
Thesis title: 'Internationalisation of agro-processing SME clusters in Ghana'
Stanislaus Iroefe Maduka
Thesis title (provisional): 'SME Finance in Ghana'
Thesis title (provisional): 'Local economic development in South European countries'
Isaac Oduro Amoako
Thesis title: 'SME Exporting Determinants: The Power of Institutions on Networking and Performance in a Developing Country'
Thesis title: 'Ethnic minority related social enterprise and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Legacy'
Thesis title: 'Study of the Phenomenon of New Poors in Argentina'
Lyon, Fergus and Sepulveda, Leandro (2012) Social enterprise support policies: distinctions and challenges. In: Government, SMEs and entrepreneurship development: policies, tools and challenges. Blackburn, Robert A. and Schaper, Michael T. , eds. Gower Publishing, pp. 213-226. ISBN 9781409430353
Sepulveda, Leandro (2014) Social enterprise – a new phenomenon in the field of economic and social welfare? Social Policy and Administration . ISSN 0144-5596
Lyon, Fergus and Sepulveda, Leandro and Vickers, Ian and McMullin, Caitlin and Gregory, Dan (2013) Process of social innovation in mutual organisations: the case of social enterprises leaving the public sector. In: Social frontiers: the next edge of social innovation research. Nesta.
Sepulveda, Leandro and Syrett, Stephen and Calvo, Sara (2013) Social enterprise and ethnic minorities: exploring the consequences of the evolving British policy agenda. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (4). pp. 633-648. ISSN 0263-774X
Sepulveda, Leandro and Lyon, Fergus and Stevenson, Nicky (2011) Changing funding realities for charities and social enterprises: responses to the big society agenda and austerity in the East of England. Project Report. Institue for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Leandro has worked on a number of ESRC and EU funded research projects and programmes.
The Guardian – Guardian Professional/Social Enterprise Network, cited in article entitled 'Avoiding the Perception of social enterprises as a magic wand' published on 25/11/10 by Saba Salman.
Social Enterprise and Equalities, funded by Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and Social Enterprise Capacity Building Cluster (CBC), with GlobalNet21. Organising team and podcast on 24/05/12. The project seeks to rise awareness among policy makers about both the potential and limitations of social enterprise in addressing Equality issues in England by share ideas, experiences and concerns with academics and public in general through podcast, webinars and a seminar in the House of Commons (Equality Commission) in June 2012.
Referee for the following peer reviewed academic journals:
Policy & Politics; Entrepreneurship & Regional Development; Journal of Public Policy; International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research; Public Management Review; and Social Enterprise Journal.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Leverhulme Trust; and European Research Councils - Open Research Area In Europe For The Social Sciences (ORA).