Prof. (Dr.) Shivani Mehta

Assistant Professor 

B.A. (Hons.) (University of Delhi);
MSc. (University of Nottingham);
Ph.D. (University of Strathclyde, UK)

Prof. (Dr.) Shivani pursued her Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology from Gargi College, Delhi University in 2012. Post her graduation, she was awarded Developing Solutions Scholarship by University of Nottingham, U.K. and pursued her MSc. in Work and Organizational Psychology from there. She has held research positions at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), O.P. Jindal Global University, India and University of Oxford, U.K, post that.  Shivani was thereafter awarded a full Doctoral research scholarship award by University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.) where she undertook her doctoral studies. 


Her doctoral studies were based at Hunter Centre of Entrepreneurship and Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School and is focussed towards studying health-related well-being of start-up entrepreneurs embedded in university ecosystems across Scotland and India. Her doctoral studies examine qualitative in-depth longitudinal investigation of health-related well-being of start-up technology entrepreneurs over four phases of data collection, each phase based on a systematic interview protocol centred around a different theory.


The research benefited from a large data collection of around 100 semi-structured interviews of 25 start-up entrepreneurs over four phases and ensued a comprehensive multi-faceted model of entrepreneurial well-being risks at multiple operational levels such as individual, co-founder, family, community, broader entrepreneurial ecosystem and finally, the societal level.


 Her research has been acknowledged and recognised across the best British conferences (Institute of Small Business Entrepreneurship) in 2017 and 2018 where she won best paper nominations. She was also invited to write a State-of-the-Art review on ‘entrepreneurial well-being’ by Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) of University of Warwick, U.K. She has also worked alongside as a sessional lecturer/academic tutor at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Coventry University London campus teaching courses such as Entrepreneurship theory & practice, Creativity and Innovation management, Global Business cultures, Work Psychology, Global Business issues, Foundation to Organizational Behaviour, and Leadership Development programme.

International peer-reviewed conference proceedings:

  • Mehta, S., Dodd, S, Morton, A. (2017), ‘Exploring entrepreneurial well-being during the venture creation process: The start-up community’s voice’, paper presented to Institute of Small business and entrepreneurship 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland, ISBN 978-1-900862-30-1.

  • Mehta, S., & Dodd, S. (2018). ‘Exploring entrepreneurial well-being during the venture creation process: a balance of trust Vs. conflict in co-founder dynamics,’ paper presented to Institute of Small business and entrepreneurship 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom, ISBN 978-1-900862-31-8.

Academic published policy piece:

Was invited to submit a SOTA (state of the art) review on ‘entrepreneurial well-being: what do we know?’ to Enterprise Research Centre (ERC).   The ERC is the UK’s leading centre of excellence for research into the growth, innovation and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Occupational Health and Well-being, Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, Workplace Bullying, and Gender at workplace.

Work and Organisational Psychology courses, HRM & Psychology, Creativity & Innovation management, Design thinking, Entrepreneurship theory and practice.

  • Recipient of Strathclyde Business School Doctoral Research Studentship Award by University of Strathclyde, U.K. (2015-19). Comprised of a research award towards full-tuition fee waiver and research stipends for the period of the PhD.

  • Recipient of Developing Solutions Scholarship Award by University of Nottingham, U.K (2012-2013). Comprised of tuition-fee waiver of the MSc degree.

  • Research paper “Entrepreneurial well-being during the venture creation process: Start-up community’s voice” nominated as the best paper in the Business creation, early stage development and business closure track at Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference 2017 (Belfast).

  • Recipient of a research award/grant as an honorarium towards submission of a state-of-the-art policy piece by Enterprise Research Centre, U.K, 2019.