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 (Lancaster)

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

Fellow of the Higher Education Academic


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.

  • PhD: Encouraging leaders to be followers too: strengthening young women's leadership in a global, intergenerational women's organisation.

Research supervision

Feminist & intersectional leadership

Critical leadership


Participatory action research



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

Recent external roles

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 Leader of Lancaster City Council 

2017 - elected as County Councillor for Lancaster South East