Dr Ian Vickers is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Enterprise & Economic Development Research (CEEDR). He has over 20 years experience of researching small and medium size enterprises and economic development policy and has authored a number of academic papers, book chapters and published policy reports for government departments and agencies. Within the business school he contributes to teaching in entrepreneurship, small business and research methods, as well as PhD supervision. Areas of particular research interest are:
Bianca Stumbitz (2013) “Social Entrepreneurship Shaped by the Life Course: A Case Study of Older Social Entrepreneurs”
Abdullah Al Faruq (2015) “Understanding Social Enterprise Growth: The Case of Bangladesh”
Ricardo Raimundo (2016) “Learning Processes in High Growth SMEs: the Portuguese Case”
Maria Irurita: “Fostering innovation between social enterprises: the role of peer learning, networking and trust”
Lisa Anne Borley: “The role of the environmental health inspection process as a developmental influence on small businesses”
Joanna Kitchen “Numbers, negotiations and networks: the role of calculative practice in the transition towards sustainability”
Vickers, I. and Lyon, F. (2014) ‘Beyond Green Niches? Growth strategies of environmentally-motivated social enterprises’, International Small Business Journal. Vol. 32(4) 449–470. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0266242612457700
Vickers I, Cordey-Hayes M (1999) 'Cleaner Production and Organisational Learning' Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 75-94.
Books and published reports
Vickers, I., Westall, A., Spear, S., Brennan, G., Syrett, S. (2017) Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth: a practice review Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/cities-social-economy-and-inclusive-growth
Croucher, R., Stumbitz, B., Quinlan, M., Vickers, I. (2013) Can better working conditions improve the performance of SMEs? An international literature review, International Labour Office, Genev: http://labordoc.ilo.org/record/459303
Vickers, Ian and Lyon, Fergus and Sepulveda, Leandro and McMullin, Caitlin (2017) Public service innovation and multiple institutional logics: the case of hybrid social enterprise providers of health and wellbeing. Research Policy . ISSN 0048-7333 (Published online first)
Vickers, Ian and Andrea, Westall and Roger, Spear and Brennan, Geraldine and Syrett, Stephen (2017) Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.
Baldock, Robert and North, David J. and Vickers, Ian (2015) Sub-post offices and high street revitalisation: lessons from the experience of grant assistance to sub-post offices in deprived urban areas of the UK. Local Economy, 30 (4). pp. 435-451. ISSN 0269-0942
Lyon, Fergus and Gyateng, Tracey and Pritchard, David and Vaze, Prabhat and Vickers, Ian and Webb, Nicole (2015) Opening access to administrative data for evaluating public services: the case of the Justice Data Lab. Evaluation, 21 (2). pp. 232-247.
Lyon, Fergus and Sepulveda, Leandro and Vickers, Ian and McMullin, Caitlin and Gregory, Dan (2013) Process of social innovation in mutual organisations: the case of social enterprises leaving the public sector. In: Social frontiers: the next edge of social innovation research. Nesta.
Ongoing contacts with research clients in relevant government departments and agencies (e.g. Health and Safety Executive, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and also local enterprise/regeneration agencies + small business owner-managers through research activity.
Research grants and awards
2016-17 A practice review ‒ How can cities help develop the social economy, in order to achieve more inclusive growth? For Joseph Rowntree Foundation (with Syrett and consultants Spear and Westall)
2013 The relationship between improving working conditions and firm-level outcomes in SMEs An international literature review prepared for the International Labour Organisation (with Croucher, Stumbitz and Quinlan).
2011-13 The Role of Mutuals in Public Service Innovation, Economic and Social Research Council, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (with Lyon and Sepulveda)
2004/5 Regulatory Policy and Enterprise, HEFCE / Middlesex University (Vickers)
2003 Consolidating and furthering research on health and safety in small firms, HEFCE/Middlesex University(Vickers, Baldock)
2001/03 Cultural influences on health and safety attitudes and behaviour in small firms, for the
Health and Safety Executive (Smallbone, Vickers, James, Baldock)
2001 Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing Best Practice: the London and S.E. Region in a
European context, funded by MUBS and the SE England Development Agency (Smallbone, North, Vickers)
1998/99 SME Policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation, for the European Commission, DGXIII (Smallbone, North, Vickers)
1998 Research on Regional Technology Centres, HEFCE/Middlesex University MUBS small research grant (Vickers, North) £2,760
Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)