Dr Lauren Tuckerman

PhD, MSc, MA(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

Oxford Brookes Business School

Lauren Tuckerman


Lauren Tuckerman is a senior lecturer in Business and Management and a co-investigator on the Innovation Caucus. Before joining Oxford Brookes University, Lauren worked as a research associate at the University of Sheffield on projects related to sustainable innovation policy. She completed her PhD on Open Social Innovation in the Scottish Third Sector at Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to joining academia, Lauren worked with social enterprises in Scotland as a research consultant.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Consultancy Project
  • Social Enterprise and Social Innovation
  • Managing Nonprofit Organisations

Lauren's teaching interests are in business and management, particularly in practical and applied courses and those related to social innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.


Lauren would be happy to supervise PhD students on topics related to sustainability, social enterprise, innovation policy and entrepreneurship


Lauren's research interests focus on the ways in which the economy can support and serve society. She is interested in particular in alternative business models, sustainability and policies and investment mechanisms which promote social impact to address societies wicked problems. She is interested in how hybrid institutional logics shape and influence practice in these fields.

Her current research projects include:

  • Exploring sustainable innovation policy and what this could look like
  • Designing sustainability frameworks
  • The business of community business – understanding how community business form and thrive
  • Small business sustainability
  • Social investment from a regional perspective
  • The geographies of social enterprise

Research impact

Lauren is an engaged researcher who enjoys working with policymakers, small business owners, intermediaries and social entrepreneurs. Her work has been discussed in local press outlets and has been used to improve processes within social enterprises as well as apply for addition innovation funding.

Centres and institutes


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Business For Good: Green Skills For Small Business (02/10/2023 - 26/09/2024), funded by: King Baudouin Foundation United States, funding amount received by Brookes: £20,350

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Innovation and Research Caucus - Lead a network of innovation and research funding policy experts(09/01/2023 - 31/03/2026), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £4,728,640, funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Innovation Caucus AFS uplift (859228, 859258, 863584, 863606 & 869567 plus 872796)(01/07/2022 - 09/06/2023), funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £327,119, funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)


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Professional information


  • Tuckerman, L., Owalla, B., and Vorley, T., 2020. The business of community business community business growth strategies and implications. ISIRC Conference (Online)
  • Tuckerman, L, Thomson, J. and Whittam, G., 2019. Open Social Innovation: Knowledge commons and the Openness Spectrum in Scottish Social Enterprise. In EMES Conference Selected Papers.
  • Tuckerman, L., Thomson, J. and Whittam, G., 2017. Open Social Innovation to Tackle Third Sector Social Challenges. In Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference proceedings. Nominated for best paper award. 
  • Buchanan, S., Loudon, K.J. and Tuckerman, L., 2015. Reaching the disadvantaged and disengaged in times of crisis: towards an understanding of information behaviours to inform interventions. In International Federation Library Associations World Library Information Congress (IFLA WLIC 2015) pp. 1-11.