Dr Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas

Liverpool Business School

Dr Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas is a Programme Leader in the School of Business and Management. Liz joined Liverpool Business School in March 2020, having taught at a number of UK institutions since 2011, including the University of Wolverhampton, Bangor University, Glyndwr University, and the University of Cumbria.

Prior to academia, Liz gained experience in the private and public sector, working in hospitality, manufacturing, schools and children's centres. Liz’s research interests include the study of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial enterprise, social enterprise, entrepreneurial eco-systems, rural business, sociology and social policy. Liz is particularly interested in businesses which seek to support vulnerable communities and rural landscapes. Recent projects include: ‘Living with Stroke: a Welsh context’ and ‘Being enterprising in Beautiful Landscapes: Investigation of the Challenges in Rural Businesses’.


Bangor University, United Kingdom, PhD Sociology and Social Policy
Bangor University, United Kingdom, PGCertHE
Bangor University, United Kingdom, MA Business and Marketing
Bangor University, United Kingdom, BA(hons) Business and Social Administration

Academic appointments

Programme Leader, Department of Business and Management, Liverpool Business School, 2020 - present
External Examiner, Staffordshire University, 2019 - present

Journal article

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R. 2019. Social Enterprise: bridging the gap between statutory and third sector The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20 :80-89 DOI Public Url


Heyworth-Thomas E, Wiscombe C, Dobson C, Ryder S, Maynard L. 2017. Social Enterprise and the Rural Landscape Oriade A, Robinson P. Rural Tourism and Enterprise: Management, Marketing and Sustainability CABI Tourism Texts

Conference publication

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R, Roach D. 2013. Providing Support Services in Rural North Wales: start-up motives, observations and end user perspectives ISBE

Heyworth-Thomas E, Jones R, Rowley J. 2011. Meeting the Demand: a study of a business support network ISBE

Other Professional Activity:

(External) Validation Panel Member - University of Northampton. 2021

Being enterprising in Beautiful Landscapes: Investigation of the Challenges in Rural Businesses' (Seed Corn Funded Project: current). 2019

Reviewer for the Journal of Destination Marketing and Management.

Reviewer for the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Reviewer for the Journal of Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Conference presentation:

Exploring End-user Perspectives: BNIM, Telling the Story of Business Conference, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Oral presentation. 2020

Improving Student Engagement through use of Online Resources, HEA Teaching and Learning Conference, Bangor University, Oral presentation. 2013

External committees:

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing, The Academy of Marketing, Committee Member. 2017

Teaching qualification:

PGCertHE. 2016


Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2011