Emilio Costales MSc, BA


Emilio undertook and has recently submitted his PhD Thesis in Business and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to that he received his MSc in Sustainable Development from Royal Holloway. Before moving to the UK, he taught financial literacy in New York City while completing his BA in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. Currently, his research focuses on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Systems dynamics in the Smart City. His work has been presented in well recognised international conferences, such as the Academy of Management.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Supervision
  • Programme development


Academy of Management Best Reviewer Award 2021 (ENT Division)

Emilio received a College Team Teaching Commendation in 2020 for his innovative approach to entrepreneurial education at Royal Holloway


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Academy of Management: Entrepreneurship and Social Issues in Management Divisions

Fellow of the IVEY Sustainability Academy

Research / Scholarly interests

Emilio’s research interest sits at the intersection of Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Urban Development, with a particular emphasis on the spatial dimension of social entrepreneurship. Therefore, his research incorporates Systems theory, Sociomateriality, and the ethics based framework of Ordonomics to examine Business’ role in systems change. Methodologically, his expertise is in practice and process tracing, diary studies, Netnography, and qualitative coding.

Recent publications

  • Costales, E. (2022). Identifying sources of innovation: Building a conceptual framework of the Smart City through a social innovation perspective. Cities, DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103459,
  • Costales, E., & Zeyen, A. (2022). Social Capital and the Morphogenesis of Actors: Lessons from International Social Entrepreneurs. In The International Dimension of Entrepreneurial Decision-Making (pp. 193-222). Springer, Cham.
  • Costales, Emilio & Zeyen, Anica (2022) Social Entrepreneurship and Grand Challenges: Navigating Layers of disruption from COVID-19 and beyond. Palgrave pivot, Palgrave Macmillan,  ISBN: 978-3-031-07450-9
  • Costales, E., & Zeyen, A. (2022). Social Systems and Modern Society. In Social Entrepreneurship and Grand Challenges (pp. 33-49). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.


  • Costales, E., Zeyen, A., & Branzei, O. (2022). Choreographing Space for Living One’s Calling: Lessons from COVID-19. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 13284). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.
  • Costales, E., Zeyen, A., & Branzei, O. (2021). The Spatial Dimension of Social Entrepreneurship: Manifesting the Imaginary during COVID19. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2021, No. 1, p. 13277). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management