Dr Jacob Salder

Dr Jacob Salder

Department of Management
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Organisation

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Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
The Lodge
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Jacob Salder is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Management, and currently teaches the Entrepreneurship: Advanced Topics module on the MSc Management at the Singapore Institute of Management.

Jacob’s current research and publication activities focus on entrepreneurship and enterprise development processes in non-metropolitan areas, on local and regional economic development policy and strategy, and in creative industries entrepreneurship in the arts sector.


  • PhD in Economic Geography, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • MSc in Urban Regeneration, University College London, 2009
  • BA (Hons) in Politics and Political History, London Guildhall University, 1996
  • Fellow of the Regional Studies Association


Dr Jacob Salder has a background in public policy, enterprise development, and entrepreneurship and teaches, researches and publishes in these fields with specific focus on business development practices and processes in resource-limited contexts.

Jacob has held posts at Birmingham City University and the University of Manchester prior to joining the University of Birmingham. He has also worked extensively in public policy roles in local and regional government.

Jacob’s research interest lie in the link between entrepreneurship/enterprise development, place-based economy, and the embeddedness of organisation and entrepreneur decision-making. Research and publications to date have focused on enterprise development processes in mature organisations based in non-metropolitan areas, creative industries entrepreneurship in early-stage and micro arts-based content creators, and the formation of place-based economy through relational, firm-level interactions. 


Entrepreneurship – Advanced topics, MSc Management (Singapore)


Salder, J. (2021) Beside the seaside: vertical dis-integration, demographic imbalance and adaptation in coastal communities. In Bryson, J.R., Kalafsky, R.V. & Vanchan, V. (Eds.) Ordinary Cities, Extraordinary Geographies: People, Place and Space. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham/Northampton. 192-211. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789908022.00018

Salder, J. (2021) Defining local economies beyond their boundaries. Local Government Studies, (in press) https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2020.1870957.

Salder, J. (2021) The networked economy of firms in city-region peripheries. European Urban and Regional Studies, 28:3, pp. 195-212 https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776420975845

Gilman, M. & Salder, J. (2021) The role of business diagnostics as a means of engaged scholarship and enhancing SME research. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20:2, pp.100-111 https://doi.org/10.1177/1465750320969614

Salder, J. (2021) The Creative Business: enterprise development in the arts-based creative industries. Creative Industries Journal, 14:1, pp. 63-80. https://doi.org/10.1080/17510694.2020.1789414

Salder, J. (2020) Building regional ‘goodwill’: on the financialization of sub-national economic governance. Regional Studies Regional Science, 7:1, pp.309-317. https://doi.org/10.1080/21681376.2020.1794949

Salder, J. (2020) Spaces of regional governance: a periodization approach. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 38:6, pp.1036-1054. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2399654420912441

Salder, J., Gilman, M., Raby, S. & Gkikas, A. (2020) Beyond linearity and resource-based perspectives of SME growth. Journal of Small Business Strategy, 30:1, pp.1-17. https://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jsbs/article/view/1644

Salder, J. & Bryson, J.R. (2019) Placing entrepreneurship and firming small town economies: manufacturing firms, adaptive embeddedness, survival and linked enterprise structures. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 31:9-10, pp.806-825. https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2019.1600238

Salder, J. (2013) Redeveloping local economic strategy for the post-regionalist era: a contextual benchmarking approach. Local Economy, 28:7-8, pp.752-769. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094213500123

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