Dr Sophie Bennett-Gillison

PhD Management and Business, Msc Econ, BA Hons, FHEA

Dr Sophie Bennett-Gillison

Lecturer in Management

Aberystwyth Business School

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Sophie's research is primarily focused within the Creative Industries; specifically it considers the way in which this sector can inform current organisational practice and policy. Her current work involves a study of Craftspeople and Artists based in Mid and West Wales. It examines how creative people balance the need to both earn an income and gain self-fulfilment from work to maintain successful creative enterprises, and the wider implications of this within both an organisational and regional economic context.

Sophie graduated in 2002 with a BA (hons) Drama Degree. In 2011 she completed an MscEcon Management Degree specialising in the Creative Industries and was awarded the Director's Prize for MscEcon Management. In 2016 she obtained her Doctorate from Aberystwyth University, funded by a Knowledge Skills Economy Scholarship Award.


Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer

Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Management Reports 

Management Research Methods 


Creative Industries, Motivation, Small Business Management, Regional Economic Development

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 11:00-12:00
  • Thursday 3.30-4.30


Bennett, S, Rahman, R & Fuller-Love, N 2018, 'The Rural Artistic Entrepreneur: Exploring Motivational Tension and Creative Production in Rural Economies', Revue de l'Entrepreneuriat, vol. 1, no. 17, pp. 29-38.
Bennett, S & Bowen, R 2017, 'Brexit: Implications for the Food and Craft Industries', Paper presented at WISERD Annual Conference 2017, Bangor, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 05 Jul 2017 - 06 Jul 2017.
Bowen, R & Bennett, S 2017, 'Enhancing student involvement through action-learning residential workshops', Paper presented at Aberystwyth University Learning and Teaching Conference 2017, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017.
Bowen, R & Bennett, S 2016, 'Selling places: Using place-based marketing to promote regional produce: The case of Rhondda Cynon Taff', Paper presented at Nation Branding and the Creative Industries, Aarhus, Denmark, 22 Sep 2016 - 23 Sep 2016.
Bennett, SS, McGuire, S & Rahman, RJ 2014, 'Living Hand to Mouth: Why the Bohemian Lifestyle Does Not Lead to Wealth Creation in Peripheral Regions', European Planning Studies, vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 2390-2403. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2014.988010
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