Theresia Harrer


PhD Candidate


Theresia is a PhD candidate based at Middlesex University. Her research looks at how the sustainability discourse influences trust and ultimately crowdfunding success of social and environmental ventures.

Theresia Harrer is a PhD student with CUSP, based at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex University. Under the supervision of Prof Fergus Lyon, Dr Robyn Owen (Middlesex University) and Prof Othmar M Lehner (University of Upper Austria and Oxford) her research looks at how social ventures present themselves in the discourse around crowdfunding and how trust can help explain the effect of these representations on the network of investors, investees and intermediaries.

Prior to her PhD at Middlesex she worked as a research associate at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, where she critically examined the discourse surrounding social and environmental impact investing and what impact such sustainability discourse has on the contemporary understanding of management and entrepreneurship. Her work has been presented amongst at the Academy of Management Conference, the World Finance Conference and the Finance, Risk and Accounting Perspectives. Her research interests comprise Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship and the application of technologies such as Blockchain to catalyse social change.

Theresia holds a BA and MA degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and is chartered as a Certified Risk Manager according to the ISO31000 from the Austrian Standards Institute.