Staff profile

Dr Samia Mahmood



Faculty of Social Sciences


Senior Lecturer
Department of Finance, Accounting Systems and Economics


Direct line: 01902 32 1786

Biography I am a senior lecturer in accounting and finance at University of Wolverhampton. I have responsibility of leadership and development of accounting modules and teaching of accounting and finance modules. I have over ten years’ experience of teaching in the area of accounting and finance and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

I am research active in the field of microfinance, SME financing, women entrepreneurship and empowerment. I completed a research project on the “Analysis of global microfinance institutions’ performance” funded by Early Researcher Award Scheme (ERAS) 2014-15 University of Wolverhampton. I am also part of a research project commissioned by Vice Chancellor's Strategic Excellence Initiative (VCSEI) at University of Wolverhampton.
Academic qualifications

PhD Development Finance, Birmingham City University
PG Cert  Academic Practice in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton
MBA (Finance )

Teaching interests
  • Financial Reporting
  • Finance and Accounting  for Managers
  • Finance for SMEs
  • Analytical Skills for Business
  • Corporate Financial Management
Professional Body Membership and Roles
  • British Academy of Management (BAM)
  • Institute of Small Business and Enterprise (ISBE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Research interests My research interests include microfinance, finance for SME, gender and entrepreneurship.
PhD supervision

Areas of Supervision:

  • Women’s entrepreneurship (Constraints to access finance; Contextual embeddedness of women's entrepreneurship; women empowerment and entrepreneurship)
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship and business start-ups
  • Microfinance and SME finance (impact of microfinance/SME finance on entrepreneurship development/poverty reduction/women’s empowerment)
  • Performance of microfinance institutions (Efficiency and Outreach of MFIs)

Current Supervision

Victor Atiase ‘Promoting Entrepreneurship through Microfinance for Poverty Reduction in the African Context? -  A Case Study of Selected Registered MSMEs in Ghana’.

External academic roles

Reviewer for the following journals:

  •  Reviewer for British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference-Entrepreneurship track
Selected publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Mahmood S., Hussain J. and Matlay H. (2014) Optimal microfinance loan size and poverty reduction amongst female entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 21(2).
Mahmood S. (2011) Microfinance and women entrepreneurs in Pakistan, International, Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 3(3).    

Book Chapter

Hussain J. G., Mahmood M. and Scott J. (2015) Entrepreneurial Finance, Poverty Reduction and Gender:  The Case of Women Entrepreneurs’ Microloans in Pakistan, in J. G. Hussain and J. M. Scott (ed.) Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Finance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.248-264.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • ‘Analysis of global microfinance institutions’ performance’ Development paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference (BAM), 6-8th September 2016, Newcastle, UK.
  • ‘The impact of Microfinance on Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Well-being of their families’ Paper presented at 28th RENT conference, November 19-21, 2014, Luxembourg.
  • ‘Multi-borrowing of Microfinance and Access to Finance’ Paper presented at 37th Annual ISBE Conference, November 5-6, 2014 Manchester, UK. 
  • 'Optimal microfinance loan size for Female Entrepreneurship in Pakistan' Paper presented at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE), 2013, University of Cardiff, UK.
  • ‘Microfinance and micro enterprise by women in a developing country’, Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference (BAM), 13-15 September 2011, Aston University Birmingham, UK
  • ‘The role of microfinance in women entrepreneurs – a pilot study on Pakistan ’ Paper presented at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE), 9- 10 November 2010, London, UK