Professor David Deakins

deakinsd3Current Positions: Honorary Researcher, Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University and Adjunct Professor, School of Management, Massey University.

David has over 30 years’ experience of undertaking high quality qualitative and quantitative research with SMEs and entrepreneurs. He returned to the UK in May 2014 after a full time role at Massey University in New Zealand, holding a Chair in Small Business, and is the former Director of the New Zealand Centre for SME Research (NZSMERC). David retired from a full time academic role at the end of January 2014. Whilst Director of NZSMERC, from 1 September 2009 to 31 January 2014, he was the Principal Investigator and led a number of research projects undertaken for the New Zealand Government on SMEs including regulation, internationalization and innovation. He also completed high level consultancy and research projects for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation and for the OECD. Since leaving Massey he has been commissioned by the OECD in May 2014, to complete a research report on: “Coaching and Mentoring for Disadvantaged and Under-represented Entrepreneurs”, which forms a policy chapter in an OECD book publication on policies for disadvantaged entrepreneurs. This followed on from an earlier contribution to a chapter on “Financing Businesses Owned by Socially Disadvantaged and Under-represented Groups” in the OECD publication The Missing Entrepreneurs (2013). He has completed a study and research report in 2014 for the OECD on “Youth Entrepreneurship and Italy”.

Whilst in New Zealand, David was recognised as a leading academic authority on SMEs and entrepreneurs was regularly interviewed for the national media, including TVNZ, and invited as speaker to the annual Small Business Summit as well as to regular SME policy meetings at New Zealand’s Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.

Previous to his role in New Zealand, David had 25 years’ experience of undertaking research projects in the UK and was recognised as an expert academic on SMEs’ access to finance and on ethnic minority entrepreneurship. From 1 September 1994 to 31 August 2009 he held a Chair in Enterprise Development and was Director of the Paisley Enterprise Research Centre (PERC) at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). At UWS he led research projects for the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, for local Development Agencies and was involved through collaboration with colleagues from other institutions in research projects on SMEs’ access to finance for the British Bankers’ Association and for the Bank of England.