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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:

Current PhD Projects:

  • Family firms and capital structure decisions: empirical evidence from Indonesian listed firms
  • A critical review of Public Private Partnership in practice – The National Competitiveness Strategy in Guyana: 2005-2015
  • An exploration of crisis management ‘preparedness’; from academic insight to practical application
  • MNC Subsidiary CSR Practices in Turkey: their antecedents and execution in the Financial Services Sector

For more information see the Economics, Business and Society Area of Research Strength.

Current PhD Projects:

  • The impact of corporate governance on the trade-off between accrual-based and real-based earnings management in the UK and India
  • The relationship between earnings management and internal control disclosure quality in Chinese listed companies - Xi Song
  • The effect of I Corporate Governance Mechanisms on financial performance
  • Oil wealth, institutional governance and inclusive welfare in developing countries - Radia Ahmed Alrehimi
  • Audit quality and key audit matters - Aneesa Tahir

For more information see the Finance, Accounting and Banking Area of Research Strength.

Current PhD Projects:

  • Change management in the public sector - Pedro Arciniega
  • Entrepreneurship as practice
  • Organisational governance in cricket governance

For more information see the Organisations, Work and Employment Area of Research Strength.

Current PhD Projects:

  • Dark Tourism and Iron Curtain: The commodification of difficult heritage in post-soviet space - Richard Morten
  • The Adventure Motorcyclist: an anthro moto study
  • A socio-psychological analysis of motivations for having a bucket list that involves travel - Santa Zascerinska
  • Poverty alleviation, tourism and the arts: A symbiotic relationship
  • Affects and emotions in Dark Tourism: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

For more information see the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Area of Research Strength.


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:

Dr. Mitch Larson

  • History of Banking
  • Business, Industrial, or Management History
  • Business relationships with Elite Sport
  • Management and Professional Education

Dr. Alina Petrescu

  • Labour Economics
  • Micro /macro-economics
  • Management
  • Organisational Behaviour

Professor Andrei Kuznetsov

  • Corporate social responsibility Organizational culture and cross-cultural studies Self-regulation and certifiable management standards
  • Corporate governance Knowledge transfer International business Comparative business studies
  • Organisational studies

Phil Whyman

  • European economics / economics of Brexit
  • Economic policy / political economy / post-Keynesian economics
  • Local economic development / Preston Model / economics of cooperatives

Yahaya Yusuf

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Productions
  • Oil and Gas Operations
  • Energy Systems, Services and Management
  • Enterprise Information Systems

For more information see the Economics, Business and Society Area of Research Strength.

Prof. Hussein Abdou

  • Credit risk
  • Credit rating and credit scoring modelling techniques
  • Islamic banking and finance
  • Capital structure
  • Value relevance
  • Merger and acquisition in banking
  • SMEs failure prediction

Dr. Zakaria Aribi

  • Financial reporting quality
  • Corporate governance
  • Audit quality
  • Narrative disclosure and Sustainability reporting
  • Islamic banking

Dr. Philip Kostov

  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Corporate governance

Prof. Jacinta Nwachukwu

  • Investigation into the economic consequences of precision livestock farming
  • Factors influencing the decision to switch from traditional to smart agriculture
  • Access to finance and female participation in the global value chain
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in livestock farming

Prof. Chris Pyke

  • Costing and pricing in the public sector
  • Measuring downside risk in the capital markets
  • Financial ration

Dr. Rami Salem

  • Voluntary Disclosure Quality
  • Corporate Governance
  • Earnings Management
  • Audit Quality
  • Key Audit Matters
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Islamic Accounting and Finance

For more information see the Finance, Accounting and Banking Area of Research Strength.

Dr. Adrian Wright

  • Creative & Technology Work
  • Employment Relations
  • Work & Employment
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Gemma Wibberley

  • Individual workplace conflict
  • Trade union activities
  • Contemporary employment issues
  • Employee experience at work
  • Domiciliary care workers

For more information see the Organisations, Work and Employment Area of Research Strength.

Prof. Richard Sharpley

  • Tourism and (sustainable) development
  • Rural tourism, island tourism, tourism and community development
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Tourist experiences: motivations, emotions; forms of tourist experience
  • Dark tourism

Dr. Sean Gammon

  • Leisure-based tourism
  • Sport tourism
  • Leisure, tourism and nostalgia

Dr. Philip Stone

  • Dark tourism

Dr. David Jarratt

  • Tourism and culture
  • Coastal tourism / the seaside
  • Tourism and nostalgia

Dr. Daniel Wright

  • Tourism futures
  • Tourism and technology

Dr. Carley Sutton

  • Tourism and hospitality service and quality management

For more information see the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Area of Research Strength.

"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.