Dr Emma Folmer

Economics and Strategy Department

Dr Folmer

In 2014 I joined Aston University to work on the FP7 funded research project SEFORIS - Social Enterprise as Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies. As of 2016 I am a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Aston. 

In 2014, I completed my PhD at the University of Amsterdam. My PhD research investigated the dynamics of entrepreneurship and small businesses in urban residential neighbourhoods. 

Position: Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Phone: +44(0)121 204 5062 
Email: e.folmer@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW9

  • BSc. in Sociology, University of Amsterdam, 2003

  • MSc. Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, 2009

  • PhD in Economic Geography, University of Amsterdam, 2014   

  • 2016 Lecturer in Entrepreneurship 

  • 2014-2016 Research Fellow Aston Business School 

  • 2013-2014 Teaching Fellow Geography and Urban Planning, University of Amsterdam 

At Aston Business School I teach modules in Entrepreneurship, in particular the undergraduate module 'Entrepreneurial Management' and the postgraduate module 'Entrepreneurial Strategies. I am also course director for the MSc programme Entrepreneurship and International Business. 
My research focuses on entrepreneurship & social entrepreneurship, urban landscapes of production & consumption, and neighbourhood economies. Across these topics I am interested how contextual factors influence entrepreneurial activities and vice versa. 
  • British Academy Small Grant (2017) for the project ‘Capturing buzz for innovation and entrepreneurship: an exploration of regional social structures as reflected by social media’
  • Aston Business School Seed Corn Funding for project 'place-based impact of social enterprise' 


  • Folmer, E., Kloosterman, R.C (2017). Emerging intra-urban geographies of the cognitive-cultural economy: evidence from residential neighbourhoods in Dutch cities. Environment and Planning A 49(4), 801-818.
  • Folmer, E., Rebmann, A., Stephan, U. (2016). The Welfare State and Social Entrepreneurship: Insights from a Multi-level Study of European Regions. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (FER) October 2016.
  • Folmer, E. (2013). Entrepreneurship in the Neighbourhood. Shifting Patterns of Economic Activity in Urban Residential Neighbourhoods. Journal of Urban Affairs, DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12065.

  • Folmer, E. and A. Risselada (2012). Planning the Neighbourhood Economy. Land-Use Plans and the Economic Potential of Urban Residential Neighbourhoods in the Netherlands, European Planning Studies, DOI: 10.1080/0965313.2012.722965.

 Research Reports

  • Stephan, U., Braidford, P., Folmer, E., Lomax, S., Hart, M. (2017). Social Enterprise Market Trends. Report for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Government Inclusive Economy Unit (GIEU).

  • Risselada, A.H. & Folmer, E.C. (2012) Dynamic Neighbourhoods in Dynamic Urban Economies: Comparing the Neighbourhood Economy in five Dutch Cities. Research Report. The Hague: Platform 31 (publication in Dutch).