for the public understanding of economics and entrepreneurship

The Vinson centre is a space for research and knowledge exchange at the University of Buckingham where individuals and teams come together to pursue exciting projects in novel ways.

Who we are

We are the home of visionary approaches to teaching and scholarship at all levels, breaking free from the confines of the traditional ways of working in the academy.

We work with students and scholars of economics of all ages on events and outreach to promote a wider understanding of how markets and entrepreneurship promote welfare. We do this through events, programmes, publications and multi-media. We welcome collaboration with schools, colleges, universities, think tanks and individuals.

We challenge received wisdom and rethink economics and entrepreneurship as a single subject furthering our understanding and pursuit of trade and enterprise in a free society.

The Vinson Centre

The initiative and its programmes were made possible as a result of the kind support of Lord Vinson of Roddam Dene. On launching the centre, Lord Vinson commented: “Overwhelmingly the facts pointed to Buckingham as the place to choose if you want to advance entrepreneurialism – manifested, not least, by being the first university to offer two-year courses and its uniquely sound thinking on liberal economics. Both Buckingham and I have been closely associated with the IEA, and I and my Trustees wanted to cement the relationship. As an entrepreneur I have been exceptionally fortunate in life. I also wanted to foster the qualities that create new businesses, because they are the foundation of the prosperity of any nation.”

The Director of the Centre is Juan Castañeda, Senior Lecturer of Economics at the University of Buckingham.


2024 Vinson Centre Conference in the Classical Liberal Tradition

‘2024 Vinson Centre Conference in the Classical Liberal Tradition’

In collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society (King’s College London)

Hayek’s relevance to understand the world today.

On the 50th anniversary of his Nobel Prize

17th July 2024

Vinson Building, University of Buckingham. Buckingham

Register here

17 July 2024

Economic Affairs Applied Research Workshop 2024

‘Advancing a Classical Liberal Understanding of the Agenda for a Free Society’

This workshop will offer invited scholars a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful and constructive discussions of working papers to help prepare them for submission to Economic Affairs or other journals. Our aim is to contribute to improving the quality of every paper accepted to the workshop. While we are making an open call for proposals, the Economic Affairs Applied Research Workshop will be a select event open only to invited paper presenters and scholars. An academic committee will review submissions and select up to twenty paper presenters, whose work will comprise the core workshop agenda.

Location: The workshop will be being held at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Madrid: Calle de Arturo Soria, 245, 28033 Madrid, Spain.
Date: December 13-14, 2024.
Deadline for submission of proposals (abstract): 31 July 2024.

13 December 2024 - 14 December 2024

How to find us

The Vinson Building
University of Buckingham
Hunter Street