Mary-Paz Arrieta-Paredes

Dr Mary-Paz Arrieta-Paredes BSc, MSc, PhD Economics

Deputy Programme Leader of the BSc Hons Economics with Finance endorsement

Key details

Dr Mary-Paz Arrieta-Paredes

Deputy Programme Leader of the BSc Hons Economics with Finance endorsement

She holds both an MSc and PhD in Economics from the University of Essex. Her doctoral specialism is capital investment under uncertainty in oligopolistic industries (a real options application). Before returning to academia, she worked as a Business Finance Analyst and Financial Co-Ordinator for 10 years. Her research focus is on the investment and financing of the firm, and its interaction with public policies in the global economy, with an emphasis on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in both developed and developing countries. Nonetheless, her research interests extend to any policy-making matters that affect innovation, internationalisation, and sustainability in SMEs.

Responsibilities within the university

Programme leadership: BSc Hons Economics with Finance endorsement (Deputy)

Course leadership: Introduction to Financial Management and International Business Finance

Tutor: Foundations of Scholarship and Research Methods


  • Honours Magna Cum Laude - Chevening Scholarship Award,
  • FHEA

Research / Scholarly interests

Business and policy-making applications addressing (but not limited) to:

  • Sustainability and ESG in Small Business Finance
  • The financing of Innovations in SMEs
  • The Internationalisation of SMEs

Current project(s):

  • Sustainability and ESG in British SMEs: Tracking the Business Finance Surveys of the Business British Business Bank.
  • The Internationalisation of SMEs in Rwanda: Access to finance before and after Covid-19.
  • Sustainable Finance, Sustainability Goals, and the Adoption of Innovations in SMEs

Key funded projects

Sustainable Finance, Sustainability Goals, and the Adoption of Innovations in SMEs

Recent publications

Journal Articles

Klyton, Aaron van, Arrieta-Paredes, Mary-Paz , Palladino, Nicola and Soomaree, Ayush (2023) Hegemonic practices in multistakeholder internet governance: participatory Evangelism, quiet politics, and glorification of status quo at ICANN meetings. The Information Society, 39 (3). pp. 141-157. ISSN 0197-2243 (Print), 1087-6537 (Online) (doi:

Setiawan, Chandra, Meivitawanli, Bryna, Arrieta-Paredes, Mary-Paz , Morrison, Alastair M.  and Coca-Stefaniak, J. Andres (2021) Friendly locals and clean streets? – Evaluating Jakarta’s destination brand image. Sustainability, 13:7434. ISSN 2071-1050 (Online) (doi:

Arrieta Paredes, Mary-Paz, Hallsworth, Alan G. and Coca-Stefaniak, J. Andres (2020) Small shop survival – the financial response to a global financial crisis. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 53:101984. ISSN 0969-6989 (doi:

Arrieta-Paredes, Mary-Paz and Cronin, Bruce (2016), “Exponential random graph models for management research: a case study of executive recruitment”, European Management Journal. ISSN 0263-2373  (doi:10.1016/j.emj.2016.08.002)

Arrieta-Paredes, M-P. (2012), "Can economic knowledge be created in classroom? Some insights from epistemologically-oriented interaction analysis: Mathematical registers and metacognitive skills", International Journal of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Vol.3, Issue 4.

Arrieta-Paredes, M-P. (2007), "The timing of Capacity Expansion Investments in Oligopoly under Demand Uncertainty", Investment Management and Financial Innovations, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 40-55.

Book chapters

Arrieta-Paredes M.-P. & Cronin B. (2014). Value creation reporting and signaling for human capital and human assets : building the foundation for a multi-disciplinary multi-level theory. In A social network analysis of managerial migrations: the case of large companies in the united kingdom (pp. 143-New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Palgrave Macmillan). essay Russ Meir.

Working Papers

Arrieta Paredes, Mary-Paz (2023) “ESG investing, reputation and Government Policies in British SMEs: Why does firmographics matter?” (PEGFA, Working Paper Series).

Arrieta-Paredes, M-P, Coca-Stefaniak, A, and Hallsworth, A. (2021) “The financing of SMEs in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis: Lessons from the Eurozone” (PEGFA, Working Paper Series).

Van Klyton, Aaron, Arrieta Paredes, Mary-Paz and Soomaree, Ayush (2018) “The Quiet Politics of Internet governance, participatory evangelism, and the Business Stakeholder Groups- a hegemonic power perspective” (CBNA, Working Paper Series).

Arrieta-Paredes, Mary-Paz and Cronin, Bruce (2017) “The role of financial performance in the recruitment of executives in the UK: A network approach” (CBNA, Working Paper Series).

Research reports

Maras, P., Moon, A. & M-P Arrieta-Paredes (2015), "Evaluating and disseminating best practise in relation to the Greenlights project: A collaboration between Greenwich Mencap and the University of Greenwich", The Research Centre for Children, Schools & Families University of Greenwich. Project Sponsored by Health Education South London


ESG investing, environmental sustainability and the role of the adoption of innovations in post-Brexit SMEs: Some evidence from the British Business Bank Survey (Internal Presentation on Mar 2023).

How the intention to export affects financial and non-financial factors for small and medium enterprises in developing countries: Evidence from Rwanda (External presentation: ISBE Conference, York, October 2022).

The financing of incremental innovation in UK SMEs: Has this helped “internationalisation”? (External presentation: ISBE Conference, Cardiff, October 2021).

Funding SMEs in a financial crisis: Lessons for the Covid-19 from sub-prime 2008 in the Eurozone (Online presentation: ISBE Conference, November 2020)

The financing of Eurozone wholesale and retail SMEs through the credit crisis (External presentation: ISBE Conference, Newcastle, November 2019).