Centre for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Lubna Rashid

Lubna defended her doctoral thesis in May 2020 on entrepreneurship's developmental role in fragile contexts, particularly conflict-prone parts of the world, with a focus on psychological human capital.

Her current research lies at the intersection of innovation, technology, business, and sustainability. She is particularly interested in uncovering the bridges between nature (e.g. biology), behavior (e.g. psychology), and global socioecological crises and understanding the very micro to explain the visible macro.

Lubna was born in Iraq and grew up between Baghdad and Amman. She completed her bachelor studies in biotechnology and genetic engineering in Jordan before ultimately moving to the USA, where she worked as a genetics researcher before obtaining her master's from the department of Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She then spent years working with several activist groups, consultancies, and social entrepreneurs across the USA, Europe and the Arab world before settling in Berlin.


Eroglu, Y., Rashid, L. (2022). The Impact of Perceived Support and Barriers on the Sustainable Orientation of Turkish Startups. Sustainability. 14 (8), 4666.  https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084666

Rashid, L. (in press). An Eclectic Analysis of Entrepreneurship Motivation in Conflict and Refuge: The Syrian Context. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2022.10035546.

Rashid, L. (2022). Bursting the bubble: why sustainability initiatives often lack adequate intention to action translation. Small Business Economicshttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-022-00599-5.

Rashid L. & Cepeda-García S. (2021). Self-Categorising and Othering in Migrant Integration: The Case of Entrepreneurs in Berlin. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2145. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042145.

Rashid, L., Alzafari, K., & Kratzer, J. (2020). Founder Personalities, Behaviors and New Venture Success in Sub Saharan Africa. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 151, 119766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119766

Rashid, L. (2019). Entrepreneurship Education and Sustainable Development Goals: A literature Review and a Closer Look at Fragile States and Technology-Enabled Approaches. Sustainability, 11(19), 5343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11195343

Middermann, L. H., & Rashid, L. (2019). Cross-Country Differences in Entrepreneurial Internationalization Tendencies: Evidence from Germany and Pakistan. Administrative Sciences, 9(3), 54. https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9030054

Reed, L. K., Lee, K., Zhang, Z., Rashid, L., Poe, A., Hsieh, B., Deighton, N., Glassbrook, N., Bodmer, R. & Gibson, G. (2014). Systems Genomics of Metabolic Phenotypes in Wild-Type Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics, 197(2), 781-793. https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.114.163857 .

Magazines, Blogs & Opinion Articles

Rashid L. (2021). How do digital tech companies get away with unsustainable behavior? The Case of Nature: Digital Ecocide. Digital Society Blog, The Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

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Rashid L. & Yousef D. (2019). دوافع ريادة الأعمال في فترات الصراع واللجوء: السياق السوري مثالًا. Syria Untold (حكاية ما انحكت).

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Working Papers, Reports & Policy Briefs

Rashid L. & Cepeda-García S. (2020). Selbstständigkeit von Flüchtlingen in Berlin: Motivationen, Herausfordenungen und Fördersysteme. Am Beispiel des Projekts LOK.STARTupCAMP international. LOK.a.Motion GmbH/ IHK Berlin.

Rashid, L. (2018). “Call Me a Business Owner, not a Refugee!” Challenges of and Perspectives on Newcomer Entrepreneurship. Center for International Governance Innovation, World Refugee Council, Working Paper No.7.



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