Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Dr Thao Nguyen

Research Associate in Quantitative Data


I am a Research Associate at the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE). My main research interest relates to small businesses' access to external finance, growth ambition and performance. I am also working on the impacts of geographical location on perception of accessing external finance. 


My current research interest:

  • Discouraged borrowing and growth ambition
  • High growth enterprise
  • Rurality and discouraged borrowing
  • Growth of rural businesses
  • Export capability

Working papers:

  • Fit to Fly: Export advice and export capabilities in relation to entrepreneurial context, co-authored with Inge Hill, Kevin Mole, and Sara Maioli
  • Credit rationing and discouraged borrowing: A learning model, co-authored with Stuart Fraser
  • The impacts of perception and actual financial constraints on SME growth, co-authored with Stuart Fraser and Kevin Mole

Work in progress:

  • Growth intention and perception of resources: A theoretical framework for high growth episodes, co-authored with Kevin Mole 
  • The impacts of external finance on growth in rural business, co-authored with Amr Khafagy, Matthew Gorton and Jeremy Phillipson
  • Resilience of rural businesses during the pandemic, co-authored with Matthew Gorton, Stephen Roper, Maria Wishart and Jeremy Phillipson
  • Is rural business doubled financially constrained in the financial market, co-authored with Amr Khafagy, Matthew Gorton and Jeremy Phillipson
  • Financial resilience and government support during the Covid-19 pandemic, co-authored with Amr Khafagy