Dr. Anica Zeyen
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability @ Royal Holloway University of London
A bit about my academic background
I completed my PhD in 2014 and have been working as a full-time academic ever since. I have been teaching at university-level since 2008. I studied in Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
Research: I am a qualitative researcher that enjoys interdisciplinary work. My main research focus is on social entrepreneurship and disability (combined and separate). My goal is to use my research to enhance the lives of disabled people and of other marginalized groups. This is what I am passionate about and why I am in academia.
Teaching: I founded and run the Enterprise Hub at my university. We provide extra-curricula support for all those students who wish to start their own ventures or non-profit organisations. In the classroom, I teach social entrepreneurship and sustainability management.
Volunteering: I volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as a speaker, fundraising coordinator and whenever I can join in their campaigning work. I am part of other disability empowerment groups as well as represent disabled staff within our College’s Diversity committees.
A bit about my disability:
I have cone-rod-dystrophy (CRD), a genetic degenerative condition that primarily affects my central vision but has also moved into my peripheral vision. With time my eyesight has dropped from about 30% when I was a child to below 1% now. As a consequence, I am one of many registered blind people who have some residual vision.
I use a screen reader in-built into my computer and get around with my incredibly cute and clever guide dog Lassie. At work, I am fortunate to have an Access to Work assistant who helps out with various tasks and all the travelling I do.