Fergus Lyon is a Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University, UK. His research interests include social and community enterprises, provision of public services by social enterprises, clustering and networks of enterprises, ethnic minority enterprise, and enterprise support policy. Recent funders include the Economic and Social Research Council, Office of the Third Sector, HMT, DBERR, DEFRA, DFES, CLG/ODPM, East of England Development Agency, South East of England Development Agency, Commission for Rural Communities, and Department for International Development. In 2007 he was seconded to the Prime Ministers' Strategy Unit (Health team) in the Cabinet Office. Currently he is the social enterprise lead on the £10m Third Sector Research Centre funded over five years by ESRC and Office for Civil Society. Previously he has carried out research in Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Nepal. He is also a founder and director of a social enterprise preschool. He is on the editorial board of the Social Enterprise Journal and Journal of Trust Research. Fergus has over 120 publications including 30 substantial reports for policy makers funded by UK and international donors, 18 papers in established international journals, 17 book chapters, a number of shorter policy briefings and a two books on social research methodologies. He started his academic career at University of Durham after working for the UK's Department for International Development. He has a PhD from University of Durham and a masters degree from the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia.