Steve Johnson is Professor of Business and Innovation at Leeds Trinity University. He has particular research interests in the policy impact of entrepreneurship research, the career paths of business school researchers and the role of responsible research assessment in promoting research that has genuine societal impact. Steve has previously held posts at the University of Hull, Leeds Beckett University, Sheffield Hallam University and spent some time as research director of a small economic and policy consultancy. This last role taught him more about the issues facing SME owner-managers than 30 years of academic research!

Steve has undertaken applied research and evaluation projects for several UK Government departments and agencies, the Economic and Social Research Council, several charitable organisations and international bodies such as the European Union and OECD. He has been visiting lecturer and researcher at several universities in Poland, including a Marie Curie Skłodowska fellowship at the University of Łódź. His most recent publications focus on decent work in SMEs, responsible research assessment, the role of ‘pracademics’ and the impact of business school research on policy and practice. Steve is a member of the research committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.