Ian Vickers



Ian is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex University, working on our P-Theme, exploring alternative forms of enterprise.

Ian is a Senior Research Fellow based at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex University. 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 include social enterprise and innovation, sustainability and the low carbon economy, entrepreneurship, economic development and better regulation.

Publications (selected)

Vickers, I. and Lyon, F. (2014) ‘Beyond Green Niches? Growth strategies of environmentally-motivated social enterprises’, International Small Business Journal. 32(4) 449–470.

Baldock R., North D., Vickers I. (2015) ‘Sub-Post Offices and High Street revitalisation: Lessons for the High Street from the experience of Grant Assistance to Sub-Post Offices in Deprived Urban Areas of the UK’ Local Economy 30(4), 435–451.

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, Geneva, Switzerland: ISBN 9789221275503.

Vickers, I. (2010) Social enterprise and the environment: a review of the literature, ESRC Third Sector Research Centre, Working Paper No. 22:

Vickers I., Vaze P. and others (2009) SMEs in a low carbon economy, BERR Enterprise Directorate:

Vickers, I. (2008) ‘Better Regulation and Enterprise: the case of environmental health risk regulation in the UK’, Policy Studies, 29(2), 215-232.

Vickers I, James P, Smallbone D, Baldock R (2005) ‘Understanding Small Firm Responses to Regulation: The Case of Workplace Health and Safety’, Policy Studies, 26(2), 149-16

Vickers I (2000) ‘Cleaner Production: Organisational Learning or Business as Usual? – An example from the Domestic Appliance Industry’ Business Strategy and the Environment, 9(4), 255-268.

Vickers I, North D (2000) ‘Regional Technology Initiatives: some insights from the English Regions’, European Planning Studies, 8(3), 301-318.