Dr. Isobel Cunningham

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Social Change Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes



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Isobel Cunningham is a lecture in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and has been teaching at LYIT since 2015. Previously Isobel taught at Dublin City University, Ulster University and University of Derby. Isobel returned to full time education after spending 5 years performing with Riverdance – The Show throughout Europe and Asia. She completed a BA Hons and MSc in International Business at Ulster University. Isobel completed her Ph.D. in 2013 again at Ulster University. Her Ph.D. title is “Evolution and Formation of Entrepreneurial Founding Teams in the Video Games Industry”.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

She is particularly interested in research in the area of dynamic capabilities, entrepreneurial ecosystems, the formation and evolution of start-ups and student entrepreneurship. Isobel has published numerous conference and journal papers in this domain and received a Highly Commended Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Isobel is currently active in a number of Erasmus + projects in the area of student entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Isobel is currently supervising a number of both MSc dissertations and Research Masters in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation.