Shova's research interest lies in the nexus of environment, business and development, particularly on the role of entrepreneurship in contributing to sustainable development goals.


Research Projects: 

Farmer organisations and the resilience and sustainability of small farms in India - £92, 492

(With Dr Pedram Rowhani from Global Studies, and Dr Dominic Glover and Dr Seife Ayele from the Institute of Development Studies)

This project will identify specific ways in which farmer cooperation and collective action enable small-scale commercial farming enterprises to become more financially, ecologically and socially sustainable and resilient to shocks and stresses such as extreme weather and price volatility.  


Understanding the Circular Economy in South East England – Interdisciplinary insights, private practice and public policy - £5, 950

(With Dr Mirela Xheneti and Dr Ödül Bozkurt from University of Sussex Business School , and Peter Desmond from Growth International)

A Circular Economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. Moving from the current linear economy to a circular economy requires increasing capability of business, public bodies and other stakeholders in society to adopt new models and approaches. However, most literature on the circular economy practices has focused on consumer behaviour and practices of large businesses, with limited focus on SMEs.   The research explored how and whether small businesses can apply the circular economy practices successfully.  


Transitioning into the formal: Women entrepreneurs in the informal economy of Nepal - £29, 812

(With Dr Mirela Xheneti  from University of Sussex Business School)

Focusing in three different regions of Nepal, the research aimed to explore the extent to which women entrepreneurs in the informal economy in Nepal make the transition into the formal economy, focusing on the interaction of contextual factors – institutional, socio-spatial and enterprise sector dynamics – and their personal characteristics. 

The project is funded by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Department for International Development (DFID) within their Private Sector Development in Low Income Countries Scheme (PEDL). (October 2014 - September 2015)