Fergus Lyon

Associate Director - Social Enterprise

Fergus is Professor of Enterprise and Organisations, Business and Management at Middlesex University. As well as directing the social enterprise research stream at TSRC, he is Director of the Social Enterprise Research Capacity Building Cluster.

Fergus’ research interests include social and community enterprises, the role of enterprise in the provision of public services, networks of enterprises, ethnic minority enterprise, innovation, business needs assessment, and enterprise support policy. Recent funders include the Economic and Social Research Council, DEFRA, DFES, ODPM, Small Business Service, One NorthEast, South East of England Development Agency, Commission for Rural Communities, and Department for International Development.


In 2007 Fergus was seconded to the Prime Ministers’ Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. He is on the editorial board of the Social Enterprise Journal and is also a founder and director of a social enterprise preschool.

He started his academic career at University of Durham after working for the UK’s Department for International Development.


  • BA Hons Geography (2:1), University of Newcastle-upon Tyne
  • MSc at School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia (Distinction)
  • PhD at Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK