Fergus Lyon is a Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University in London and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. His research interests include social and sustainable 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, Cabinet Office, Dept of Business Innovation Skills, Innovate UK, International Labour Organisation, and a number of charities. In 2007 he was seconded to the Prime Ministers' Strategy Unit (Health team) in the Cabinet Office. He was 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. Fergus has over 130 publications including 40 substantial reports for policy makers funded by UK and international donors, 25 papers in established international journals, 23 book chapters, a number of shorter policy briefings and two books on social research methodologies.
Harris, Frances and Lyon, Fergus and Clarke, Sarah (2009) Doing interdisciplinarity: motivation and collaboration in research for sustainable agriculture in the UK. Area, 41 (4). pp. 374-384. ISSN 0004-0894
Lyon, Fergus and Sepulveda, Leandro (2012) Social enterprise support policies: distinctions and challenges. In: Government, SMEs and entrepreneurship development: policies, tools and challenges. Blackburn, Robert A. and Schaper, Michael T. , eds. Gower Publishing, pp. 213-226. ISBN 9781409430353
Lyon, Fergus (2011) Social innovation, co-operation and competition: inter-organizational relations for social enterprises in the delivery of public services. In: Social Innovation: blurring boundaries to reconfigure markets. Nicholls, Alex and Murdock, Alex , eds. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 139-161. ISBN 9780230280175
Lyon, Fergus and Porter, Gina (2009) Market institutions, trust and norms: exploring moral economies in Nigerian food systems. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 33 (5). pp. 903-920. ISSN 0309-166X
Harris, Frances and Lyon, Fergus (2013) Transdisciplinary environmental research: building trust across professional cultures. Environmental Science & Policy, 31 . pp. 109-119. ISSN 1462-9011