Thomas Wainwright


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Professor Tom Wainwright is an experienced leader in Higher Education. Currently, he is the Head of the Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship Department in the School of Business and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, Tom has served in multiple leadership roles, including Associate Dean of Education, Director of Education Strategy, Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise. Through these roles he has been particularly instrumental in implementing change both at School and Institutional level and within and across disciplines. His strategic focus has largely been centred on education enhancement and innovation and also in quality assurance ensuring integrity of degree courses.

Tom is a recognised expert in multiple academic disciplines. His areas of research expertise include entrepreneurship, particularly digital innovation, and real estate, specifically financialization, digitisation and ESG challenges. He retains an active research interest in future opportunities posed by aging populations. His work has been funded by a number of prestigious awarding bodies including the ESRC, British Academy, in addition to industry collaborators. Recent publications are listed below.

Tom’s research is impact focussed and seeks to address pressing contemporary issues. Previous external partners include Barclays Bank and more broadly the EU. More recently, he has worked with the Open Data Institute and Real Estate Data Foundation, concerning data sharing, digital business models and data ethics, while forging relationships with numerous start-ups to examine new markets. Tom is keen to expand his portfolio of work and is specifically seeking to collaborate with potential new partners on product development, organisational change and executive training.  

He welcomes applications from potential doctoral students who have mutual areas of interest.


Research interests


His areas of interest are:

  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy
  • Real estate and financialization
  • Open data, digital business and open innovation
  • Social entrepreneurship and ESG
  • Innovation and knowledge exchange
  • Financial services sector and high-net worth individuals
  • SMEs and professional service providers
  • Qualitative research methodologies




MN1205 International Business


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Steering committee member, RED Foundation

1 Aug 2021 → …

External Examiner, University of Sheffield Management School

2018 → …

External Examiner, Cass Business School

2017 → …

Visiting Fellow, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton

2015 → …

Visiting Researcher, Institute for International Management Practice

2014 → …

Accredited Trainer, Open Data Institute

2014 → …

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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