Professor of Management and Director, Institute for International Management Practice, Anglia Ruskin University
Simon Down is Professor of Management and the Director of the Institute for International Management Practice at Anglia Ruskin University. He is also a member of CEDAR (Centre for Enterprise Development and Research). His current research is focused on leading a project entitled 'Situating small business regulation: A longitudinal study of how regulation is received, understood and used'. This £238k ESRC funded study begun in November 2009 and the fieldwork was completed in June 2012. The project team is currently focused on preparing a number of high quality research publications and on disseminating findings from the research to practitioners in the environmental service, bio-tech, security and film and media sectors, and to regulators and policy-makers.
Prior to taking up his current post Professor Down was as Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, where he worked for eight years, following periods working as an academic at Wollongong University, Australia, and Plymouth University. In recent years he has been the co-director of an innovation and enterprise research centre and co-subject group head.
He began his working life as an entrepreneur in the independent music sector before working for London Underground. In his late twenties he went to the London School of Economics, studying an undergraduate degree in history, and after living for a year teaching English in Berlin, completed an MA in Industrial Relations at Warwick.
He is the author of two books and has published articles and book chapters on small firm policy, entrepreneurial and organizational self-identity, indigenous entrepreneurship, management history and ethnographic methodology. He recently stepped down as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research after a number of years as part of the editorial team. He is also on the editorial boards of Personnel Review; International Small Business Journal; Asia Matters: Business, Culture and Theory; and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.