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Research Centre for Business, Management and Enterprise

The UCLan Research Centre for Business, Management and Enterprise addresses the UN-2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of achieving higher and sustainable welfare for all by 2030.

We bring together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines including education, health services, law, computing, digital and financial engineering, entrepreneurship, tourism, work and employment, economics, finance and banking. This helps us to better understand the global challenges that the organisers face in achieving higher and sustainable welfare for all by 2030. This goal is consistent with our School's mission - “to positively transform life through business and enterprise shaped by the latest research”.

The Centre Director and Co-Directors are:

Seminar Series

Please note: Given the current COVID19 pandemic we are continuing our weekly research seminar series remotely over Microsoft Teams. For those who are interested to join us please contact Professor Phil Whyman.

Research areas

Our research activities are organised into four specialist areas:


The Applied Policy Science Unit (APSU) is an independent political science research unit located at the UCLan Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven in West Cumbria. The APSU’s mission is to make an original and independent contribution to policy and its implementation.

This unit undertakes academic research, consultancy and dissemination in the field of political science with a special focus upon the application of current policy problems.

In addition to UCLan staff involved in political science research and dissemination, the APSU also involves, as advisors, individuals who are professionally involved in politics, policy and government.

APSU is the lead author of a REF2021 REF impact case study into public management. To find out more please contact the Samuel Lindow Academic Director of the APSU, Dr Rick Wylie.

The Centre for SME Development is business led. We respond to the needs of the SME community to stimulate enterprise, innovation and business growth.

CSME research impact includes the transfer of research findings to the local business community through networking, masterclasses, leadership training, skills development activities and providing a gateway to the broader research carried out across the business school and other related areas of the university.

To find out more please contact centre manager Alison Hitchen ( or Professor Sue Smith.

The research group LIEBR aims to encourage and facilitate research into the interaction between economic, business and public policy, broadly defined.

It provides an interdisciplinary space for exchanging and developing ideas relating to the drivers, design, implementation and review of economic, corporate and public policy initiatives, together with their impact upon key stakeholders - primarily business, employees and the community.

For further information, please also contact Dr Alina Petrescu, Professor Philip B Whyman or Professor Andrei Kuznetsov, Professor Hussein Abdou, Professor Chris Pyke.

Logistics and Operations research focus is in the five key areas of: strategic operations management; enterprise information systems; performance measurement systems; supply chain management; and logistics and transportation systems. To find out more please contact the theme lead Professor Yahaya Yusuf.

Work relating to local social and economic development, and in particular the ‘Preston Model’, is led by Dr Julian Manley, Social Innovation Manager within the Centre for SME Development.

Postgraduate student supervision

There is postgraduate student supervision available from our academics in a wide number of areas:

"My doctoral journey at the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise was excellent. I received valuable support from my supervisors and the additional benefit of high-quality academic conferences that I was able to attend and contribute to. My journey process has helped me develop self-confidence and critical thinking skills. These skills have definitely shaped my career path to becoming an independent researcher. The staff members that I met were supportive of my studies. I found a very caring and homely environment at the university. In addition, to the rigorous training, they also do an excellent job to prepare us with beneficial training programmes for research students. I am grateful to be a part of the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise and I believe that my experience will help me to contribute more to my country and my field of study. It has been a great journey."

Feedback from previous PhD Student: Herlina Yoka Roida, recipient of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia (PhD Programme) in 2015-2019

Research students

We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in studying within the following disciplines:

  • Accounting Practices
  • Applied Policy
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Capital Asset Pricing
  • Computerised Accounting Systems
  • Co-operatives
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Credit Score
  • Dark Tourism Sites
  • Dark Tourism & Heritage
  • Development Finance
  • Digital Banking
  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace
  • Earnings Management
  • Economic Impact of Tourism
  • Economic Policy (Design & Implementation)
  • Economics
  • Economics of Brexit
  • Employee Welfare
  • Employment Relations and Performance
  • Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Equality and the Workplace
  • Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Financial Markets
  • Good and Sustainable Work
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial Strategy
  • Institutional Governance
  • Labour Market
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Lean Management
  • Leisure Travel & Environmental Impact
  • Local Business & Economic Development
  • Management
  • Mental & Physical Health at Work
  • Organisational Welfare
  • Performance of Financial Institutions
  • Procurement
  • Public Management
  • Risk Management
  • Rural Tourism
  • SME
  • Social Enterprise
  • Sports Tourism
  • Supply-Chain Management
  • Sustainable Business Development
  • Taxation
  • Tourism and Sustainable Development
  • Tourist Experience
  • Tourist-Host Relationships
  • Wellbeing of Stakeholders
  • Work and Employment
  • Workplace Conflict and Mediation
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Workplace Practice

Access to databases

We are currently supporting PhD students by offering worldwide databases such as Fitch Connect and OSIRIS. We are able to help our research students achieve their targets by enabling them to subscribe to these unique databases.


We have a well-established research community which includes internationally recognised professors, readers and various research groups. Please contact us for a copy of our latest research brochure.

News and Events

Project to investigate how financial technology can deepen trade relations between UK and India - The untapped potential of financial technology (fintech) in helping deepen trade relations between the UK and India is to be investigated in a new project involving the University of Central Lancashire.