Portrait of Dr Deema Refai Dr Deema Refai

d.refai@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472958



Biography

Position: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Department of Management
Qualifications: PhD
 

Deema Refai is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Huddersfield Business School. Deema's academic career involved several roles in the Middle East and the UK; these included quality and administrative roles, alongside teaching and research. 

Deema completed her PhD in entrepreneurship education from the University of Huddersfield, with particular focus on the pharmacy sector. Her current research interests focus on entrepreneurship education and refugee entrepreneurship, where the latter focuses in particular on refugees' socio-cognitive interactions and entrepreneurial behaviours and identities. Her research in entrepreneurship education focuses on innovative pedagogies that support the development of more entrepreneurial graduates, while focusing on ethical and sustainable aspects of this education. Deema has a lot of interest in applying different philosophical paradigms in qualitative research that investigates social processes through the application of a social lens in entrepreneurship research. Her research covers several areas relevant to refugee entrepreneurship in addition to entrepreneurial education and learning. 

Deema's teaching interests cover areas related to new venture creation, creativity and innovation, in addition to her interest in teaching philosophical paradigms and qualitative research methodologies. Deema also supervises a number of students undertaking postgraduate and PhD research.

Prior to joining academia, Deema completed her studies in pharmacy and worked in Pharmaceutical industry for a number of years at a multi-national pharmaceutical company. Her roles covered several regulatory and total quality management areas.

Research and Scholarship

Deema’s PhD was awarded by the University of Huddersfield in 2012. Her PhD focused primarily on the role of HEIs in developing enterprising pharmacists, while considering the significance of the contribution of experiential learning approaches in that area.

Deema’s current research interests are in the areas of refugees entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education and learning.

Deema has taken part in research fund applications, which cover research in areas relevant to entrepreneurship education and refugees entrepreneurship. Deema has also taken part in several conferences, and is a regular presenter at the ISBE conference (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship ).

While working on her PhD, Deema was among 12 winners across Yorkshire to be awarded the NLA Award/ NLA fellowship for 2009, which comprised a £2000 award to support her research.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2018

Refai, D., Haloub, R. and Lever, J. (2018) ‘Contextualizing entrepreneurial identity amongst Syrian refugees in Jordan: the emergence of a destabilized habitus?The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation . ISSN 1465-7503

2017

Refai, D., Higgins, D. and Fayolle, A. (2017) ‘Promoting Values through Sustainable Entrepreneurial Education – An Axiological perspective’. In: ISBE Conference 2017, ‘Borders’, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses, 8th-9th November 2017, Belfast

Higgins, D. and Refai, D. (2017) ‘Creating Meaningful Entrepreneurial Practice: crafting pedagogical awareness’. In: Entrepreneurship Education: New perspectives on research, policy & practice. : Emerald Group Publishing. pp. 171-195. ISBN 9781787142817

Refai, D. and Higgins, D. (2017) ‘A Mystagogical View to ‘withness’ in Enterprise EducationIndustry and Higher Education , 31 (2), pp. 113-121. ISSN 0950-4222

2016

Haloub, R., Samawi, J., Refai, D. and Beddewela, E. (2016) ‘Attitudes Toward Business Ethics in Different Contexts: a Cross-Cultural Comparison between professionals in Jordan and UK’. In: 19th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society, 4th - 5th July 2016, Barcelona, Spain

Refai, D. and Klapper, R. (2016) ‘Enterprise Education in Pharmacy Schools: Experiential Learning in Institutionally Constrained ContextsInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research , 22 (4), pp. 485-509. ISSN 1355-2554

2015

Refai, D. and Thompson, J. (2015) ‘Where do graduates Develop their Enterprise Skills? The Value of the Contribution of Higher Education Institutions’ ContextIndustry and Higher Education , 29 (6), pp. 435-444. ISSN 0950-4222

Refai, D. and Higgins, D. (2015) ‘Learning from within in Enterprise Education’. In: ISBE Conference 2015, 10th - 12th November 2015, Glasgow

Klapper, R., Feather, D., Refai, D., Thompson, J. and Fayolle, A. (2015) ‘Innovative pedagogy in entrepreneurship; introductionIndustry and Higher Education , 29 (5), pp. 321-325. ISSN 0950-4222

Refai, D., Klapper, R. and Thompson, J. (2015) ‘A Holistic Social Constructionist perspective to Enterprise EducationInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research , 21 (3), pp. 316-337. ISSN 1355-2554

Klapper, R. and Refai, D. (2015) ‘A Gestalt model of entrepreneurial learning’. In: Entrepreneurial Learning: The Development of New Perspectives in Research, Education and Practice. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 156-177. ISBN 978-0-415-72324-4

2014

Refai, D. and Thompson, J. (2014) ‘Using Enterprise Education to Prepare Healthcare Professional Graduates for the Real-worldIndustry and Higher Education Special issue: Enterprise Education and Entrepreneurial Learning , 28 (6), pp. 427-438. ISSN 0950-4222

2013

Refai, D. and Thompson, J. (2013) ‘Utilising Enterprise Education to Prepare Healthcare Professional Graduates for the Real-world’. In: ISBE Conference - Escape Velocity: Entrepreneurship in an Internationalising Environment, 12-13 November 2013, Cardiff, Wales

2012

Refai, D (2012) Developing Enterprise Skills Through Enterprise Education: The Significance of the Contribution of Experiential Learning Approaches in the Pharmacy Education Context in the UK HEIs Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

2011

Refai, D. and Thompson, J. (2011) ‘The Significance of Problem-Based Learning in the Development of Enterprise Skills for Pharmacy Students in UK HEI’. In: ISBE Conference 2011 Sustainable Futures: Enterprising Landscapes and Communities, 9-10 November 2011, Sheffield, UK

2010

Refai, D (2010) ‘The Significance of Problem-Based Learning in Developing Enterprise Skills for Pharmacy Students in UK HEI’. In: Business and Organisational Survival and Sustainability. Papers from the Northern Leadership Academy Fellows 2009 Conference.. Leeds, UK: Leeds University Press. pp. 73-84.

Esteem

Deema has taken part in research fund applications, which cover research in areas relevant to entrepreneurship education and refugees entrepreneurship. Deema has also taken part in several conferences, and is a regular presenter at the ISBE conference (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship ).

Research Degree Supervision

Deema is interested in research in the following areas:

  • Refugee/ migrants entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial education and learning
  • Value and values in entrepreneurship 

Deema is currently the main supervisor for one PhD student, and co-supervises another three PhD students

Administrative Responsibilities

Deema is the Course Leader for the Business Studies top-up courses.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Professional memberships:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member, CBRL (Council for British Research in the LEVANT)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) (up till 2015)
  • Member, Jordanian Pharmacists Association
  • Fellow, NLA 2009