Erica Lewis, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Social Enterprise Programme Leader Undergraduate Business & Management
  • Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
  • Business
 Erica Lewis, PhD

Qualifications and memberships


PhD in Management & Leadership - Lancaster University

Master of Public Administration - Harvard Kennedy School

Grad Cert Teaching in Higher Education - Edge Hill University

Grad Dip Legal Practice - Australian National University

LLB - Australian National University

BA Hons (Political Science) - Australian National University

BA (Social Sciences) - University of Technology, Sydney

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the British Academy of Management

Member of the Regional Studies Association


2012 - Lancaster University Management School Doctoral Studentship

2009 - Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Contributions to Women’s Leadership – Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

2007 - Australian Capital Territory Government International Women’s Day Award for ‘Services to Young Women’

Academic and research interests

My research & practice is an attempt to develop critical, feminist & intersection strategies to strengthen the leadership and power of women, young women & girls in civic spaces (organisations, institutions & the commons) to achieve gender, social, environmental & economic justice.

Research supervision

Feminist & intersectional leadership

Critical leadership


Participatory action research


2021 - "Supporting Small Local Enterprises in Skelmersdale: The Role of Anchor Institutions", Institute for Social Responsibility, Edge Hill University 

2017 - “No progress without political will: women in UK local government”, BroadAgenda blog,

Recent external roles

2021 - re-elected as County Councillor for Lancaster South East 

2020 - Invited participant UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s virtual meeting on Young Women’s Political Participation and Leadership.

2020 - “Businesses in the lead: partnership, place & the need for thriving communities”, Young Foundation, Cabinet Office – Inclusive Economy Partnership, EY.

2019 - elected to the board of the World YWCA 

2019 - elected as City Councillor for John O'Gaunt ward & Leader of Lancaster City Council 

2017 - elected as County Councillor for Lancaster South East