Lise Hunter

Academic profile

Dr Lise Hunter

Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Lise's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 01: SDG 1 - No PovertyGoal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 09: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureGoal 10: SDG 10 - Reduced InequalitiesGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Lise

I have been a Lecturer with Plymouth University Faculty of Business since August, 2012.
I started my professional career in the financial sector in 1980, working as a Trainee with the Central Bank in Cameroon after completing a BSc in Macroeconomics and Monetary policy. Two years later, I went to the USA to complete an MSc in International Finance and Trade at The American University in Washington, D.C. Following intern positions with the Transnational Investment Incorporated in Washington, DC, I joined the African Development Bank in 1987 working in the Finance Vice Presidency for eight years. My time with the Bank was critical in gaining an in-depth understanding of financial institutions particularly in relation to international development and trade related policies. Unsustainable levels of sovereign debt dominated the debate during the 90s and it was a particularly challenging experience. Working at the time within the Financial policy Planning department, I was a member of the task force that contributed to the Baker Plan on debt cancellation, leading to the existing classification of debt levels in relation to developing countries. The picture is much different today with an increased understanding that the real drivers of sustained and positive development are education and trade.
In 1996, I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Trade and Investment Manager, a unique opportunity that enabled me to build on my international experience. I spent 10 years building success for UK businesses between French-speaking West Africa and the UK. My husband and I relocated in Devon in 2005 where I continued to work as an International Trade Advisor with UK Trade and Investment for the South West Region, leading on the aid-funded business sector.  
Prior to joining the University, I was a Business Advisor for SERCO working on European Competitiveness programme for SMEs. With over 15 years of experience in international business, I was keen to deepen my understanding of the business world and in 2008, I enrolled as a part-time research student with Plymouth University. I completed my PhD in 2013 on a programme of work investigating the interdependence between Entrepreneurship and Social Capital and why this interplay drives innovation and competitiveness. SMEs in the South West Region food and drink manufacturing offered the context for empirical research. 
I bring in my role as a teacher a deep understanding and a multi-perspective insight into global business and the evolving employment market, which is very beneficial to my students in terms of grasping the complexities of the world of work.

Supervised Research Degrees

PhD - 3 completions and 8 currently being supervised


International Trade: Knowledge and expertise in international trade, trade facilitation and global value chains. Teaching at Undergraduate and MSc levels

Managerial Accounting and Decision Making for Maritime Business

Shipping Finance for Undergraduate and MSc students

Research Methods: Research skills for international business, quantitative research design and advanced multivariate statistical modelling

Research project supervision: Undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels

Financial Accounting and Managerial Decision Making, Shipping Finance: Knowledge and expertise in financial management, budgeting and investment decision making applicable to Maritime and International Trade

Personal Tutoring and Employability: Although not an academic module, this is certainly an important part of my role. To help students understand that human capital is made of knowledge, skills and understanding of the real world of work is essential. However, to explain that in real life attitude matters most and provides a leverage to make us who we are in a holistic sense is something I value and a responsibility I take very wholeheartedly. It is equally important to help students recognise and develop skills that industry will need in the years to come so that they can make informed career choices and achieve the best of their potential.

Contact Lise

Cookworthy, Room 405h, Drakes Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 585739