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Dr Zeineb Cox

Senior Teaching Fellow (Entrepreneurship & Management); Educational Department Lead (Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation); PRME Lead (Principles for Responsible Management Education); Co-Director (SBS Summer School)
+44 (0)1483 686304
54 MS 02
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Areas of specialism

Entrepreneurship and Business Modelling ; Entrepreneurship and Business Planning ; Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise ; Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovation

University roles and responsibilities

  • Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship & Management
  • Surrey Business School Lead for Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Co-Director SBS Summer School
  • MSc & MBA Dissertation Supervision
  • Personal Tutor (UG and MSc)
  • Professional Training Personal Tutor

    My qualifications

    PhD in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
    Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
    Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
    MA 20th Century Literature
    Kingston University, London


    Research interests


    Postgraduate research supervision

    My teaching

    My publications


    Zeineb Djebali, MARIALAURA DI DOMENICO, Mark NK Saunders (2022)Starting up, not slowing down: social entrepreneurial intentions in later working-life, In: International small business journal Sage

    Despite a growing literature on entrepreneurial intentions, there remain gaps in the understanding of how these are affected by the age of later working-life social entrepreneurs. This research examined ‘over-50s’ social entrepreneurs’ understandings of age as an antecedent of their social entrepreneurial intentions. In-depth interviews were conducted with 28 UK-based social entrepreneurs. Our findings demonstrate that social entrepreneurial intentions in later working-life are influenced by an interplay of necessity, fulfilment, and experienced later life, age being perceived as a positive construct rather than as a barrier. Our research contributesto the social entrepreneurship and small business literature by enhancing and advancing current knowledge and theorisation of over 50s’ social entrepreneurial intentions. We reveal firstly how social entrepreneurs make sense of their older age and the influence of their social entrepreneurial intentions; and secondly how these social entrepreneurial intentions are formed by the intertwining of necessity, fulfilment and experienced later life.

    Additional publications