Dr Lise Hunter

Dr Lise Hunter

Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management (Education)

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management


PhD, 2013, Plymouth University
PGCAP, 2013, Plymouth University
FHEA, 2014, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
MSc, International Finance and Trade, 1984, The American university, Washington, DC, USA. Graduated with "double distinction".
BSc, Macroeconomics, 1980, University of Yaounde, Cameroon. Graduated with "distinction".

I have been a Lecturer with Plymouth University Faculty of Business since August, 2012.
I started my professional career in the financial sector in 1980, working as a Trainee with the Central Bank in Cameroon after completing a BSc in Macroeconomics and Monetary policy. Two years later, I went to the USA to complete an MSc in International Finance and Trade at The American University in Washington, D.C. Following intern positions with the Transnational Investment Incorporated in Washington, DC, I joined the African Development Bank in 1987 working in the Finance Vice Presidency for eight years. My time with the Bank  was critical  in gaining an in-depth understanding of financial institutions particularly in relation to international development and trade related policies. Unsustainable levels of sovereign debt dominated the debate during the 90s  and it was a particularly challenging experience. Working at the time within the Financial policy Planning department, I was a member of the task force that contributed to the Baker Plan on debt forgiveness, leading to the existing classification of debt levels in relation to developing countries. The picture is much different today with an increased understanding  that the real drivers of sustained and positive  development are education and trade.
In 1996, I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Trade and Investment Manager, a unique opportunity which enabled me to  build on my international experience. I spent 10 years building success for UK businesses between French-speaking West Africa and the UK. My husband and I relocated in Devon  in 2005 where I continued to work as an International Trade Advisor with UK Trade and Investment for the South West  Region, leading on the aid-funded business sector.   

Prior to joining the University, I was a Business Advisor for SERCO working on European Competitiveness programme for SMEs. With  over 15 years of experience in international business, I was keen to deepen my understanding of the business world and in 2008, I enrolled as a part-time research student with Plymouth University. I completed my PhD in 2013 on a programme of work investigating  the interdependence between Entrepreneurship  and Social Capital and why  this interplay could explain business success or failure. SMEs in the South West Region food and drink manufacturing offer the context for empirical research. 

I bring in my role as a teacher a deep understanding  and a multi-perspective insight into global business and the evolving employment market, which is very beneficial to my students in terms of grasping the complexities of the world of work.    

Professional membership

HEA, 2014 - Fellow of the Higher education Academy.

BAM, 2013 - Member of The British Academy of Management since July, 2013.

IoD Cert., 2011 - I have been a member of The Institute of Directors since 2011

ISBE, 2009 - Member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, since 2009. This membership keeps me in touch with  ground breaking  knowledge and educational practices in the field of entrepreneurship, small businesses and  the impact of business on community well-being.

IoE Dip., 2005 - I have been a member of the Institute of Export since 2001. This has given me a privileged insight into the evolution of world trade since the creation of WTO through access to practical knowledge  and industry expertise. 

Roles on external bodies

Member of the Advisory Board for The Heart of the South West, South West Local Enterprise Partnership

Member of the Advisory Group for Plymouth International Trade Club

Teaching interests

International Trade    
Knowledge and expertise in international trade procedures, evolution of world trade and the main trading blocs, trade facilitation, paperless trade, global value chains.

Research Methods
knowledge of research skills for international business, quantitative research design and  advanced multivariate statistical modelling

Research project supervision
 Undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels

Management Decision Making
Knowledge and expertise in financial management, budgeting and investment decision making applicable to Maritime  and International Trade

Personal Tutoring and Employability 
Although not an academic module, this is  certainly an important part of my role. To help students understand that  human capital is made of knowledge, skills and skills is essential. However, to explain that in real life attitude matters most and provides a leverage to make us who we are in a holistic sense is a privilege I value and a responsibility I take very wholeheartedly. It is equally  important to help students recognise and develop skills that industry will need in the years to come so that they can make informed career choices and achieve the best of their potential.

Staff serving as external examiners

University of Ulster

Research interests

My areas of interest include:

Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Education,  
Social Capital, Social Networks and Innovation

SMEs competitiveness and Entrepreneurial Leadership 
Regional Economic Integration and Trade Agreements
 Trade competitiveness
Online pedagogy


Other research


Transport corridors and trade competitiveness in eastern and southern Africa A working group is still in its formation stage.

North-South higher education partnerships

Grants & contracts

2012, DFID, UK Department for International Development grant for a study on Entrepreneurship Education in eastern Africa

Hunter, L. and Lean J. (2014). Investigating the role of entrepreneurial leadership and social capital in SME competitiveness in the food and drink industry, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 1- 12.

Wheeler, D., Kaijage, E., Hunter, L, Brown, S., Ochieng, D. and Abdelnour, S. (2012). Supporting Entrepreneurship in East Africa. A report prepared for the Department for International Development. Available at DFID

Hunter, L. (2011). The role of leadership in an interaction between social capital and innovation: a structural equation model. International Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 09-10 November, 2011, Sheffield, UK.

Hunter, L. and lean J. (2018) . Entrepreneurial learning: a social context perspective  - Evidence from Kenya and Tanzania.Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 25, 4.  

Key publications are highlighted

Hunter L & Lean J 2018 'Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial Learning from a social context perspective: Evidence from Kenya and Tanzania' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 25, (4) 609-627 , DOI PEARL
Hunter L & Lean J 2014 'Investigating the role of entrepreneurial leadership and social capital in SME competitiveness in the food and drink industry' The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 15, (3) 179-190 , DOI PEARL

Reports & invited lectures

Wheeler, D., Kaijage, E., Hunter, L., Brown, S., Abdelnour, S. and Ochieng, D. (2012). Supporting entrepreneurship education in eastern Africa. A report prepared for the Department of International Development. Available online at http://r4d.dfid.gov.uk/pdf/outputs/Misc_Education/Entrepreneurship-Education-East-Africa-2013%20.pdf

Other academic activities

Programme Lead, BSc Hons Management Practice Online Top-Up