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CBIS projects

CBIS projects

The Centre for Business in Society examines the impact – good or bad – of organisations’ activities, behaviours and policies on society, to promote responsibility and changed behaviours for the benefit of economies and societies.

Within our four clusters, our dedicated research teams are investigating a range of issues affecting business and daily life. If you would like to find out more about the diverse research projects currently taking place in the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS), please explore our current research projects.

CBiS project reports

Below you will find project summaries for just a few of our completed funded projects here at CBiS. In each report you will be able to explore the research team, collaborators, aims, key findings and outputs, as well as the project highlights.

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Restorative Business Models for the Automotive Sector and Beyond

A consortium of HFC stakeholders covering the business, engineering, applications and circular economy dimensions, focussed on exploring the future lives for HFCs first used in the automotive settings.

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Creative Freelancer Business Models and Place-based Growth

This research project was designed to address an important evidence gap around the contribution of creative freelancers to the economic and place-based impacts of the creative industries.

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Managing Declines Positively

The best practice provided in this Manual draws on the experiences of people who have been declined and of those committed to serve them. It includes tools and tips for handling declines for CDFIs and credit unions.

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Helping those who use credit to make ends meet

Through this review, this report aims to provide insights into how those who are over-reliant on credit might be best supported, given the outlook regarding the cost of living.

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The ‘Prosper’ Programme

Researching business support for cultural and creative organisations aiming to strengthen the resilience and investment readiness of arts organisations, museums and libraries in England.

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Responsible Community Finance

The innovative Responsible Community Finance Research and Impact Programme in CBiS has brought together and delivered a set of five simultaneously awarded but independent impact-led projects.


Sustainable Operation, Maintenance and Development of the Railway Electrification System

Contributing to Network Rail and Virgin Train's efforts to move towards intelligent infrastructure maintenance.

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The CARNiVAL Project

Investigating the factors that impact upon the planned and unplanned legacy outcomes of sporting and non-sporting mega-events and their implications for stakeholders.

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Sustainable Cut-Flowers Project

Investigating an interesting disconnect between investment in certification by producers and a lack of awareness amongst consumers and wholesalers of the existence of these standards.

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Circular Economy Research and Development Network for Sustainable Food Supply Chain

Exploring various innovative ways of tackling food losses and waste by adopting the Circular Economy

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Community Action Platform for Energy - The CAPE Project

Developing an interactive platform that puts Big Data tools in the hands of communities to explore what it takes to get communities involved in local energy projects.

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Sustainable Practices make Sustainable Businesses

Exploring how the implementation of sustainable practices helps businesses to be more resilient, productive and profitable.

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Contribution to Community Enhancement Through Rural Touring Arts. A major nationwide investigation of the scale, scope and role of rural touring arts.

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An Assessment of the Cyber Readiness of a Local Government Authority

Exploring the cyber security awareness and resilience of the Council’s workforce.


The ReSSI Project

Good Practice for Local and Regional Authorities to Better Collaborate for Sustainable, Inclusive and Smart Development.

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WREV: Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicles Evaluation

Electric vehicles are an integral part of the automotive sector, yet too little research has considered their likely adoption for consumers in a rural setting.

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RemanPath: Remanufacturing for Small and Medium Size Enterprises

Creating learning materials to help SMEs develop remanufacturing competencies and business models.

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Coventry University Research Blog (CURB)

In addition to working on an array of research projects, our researchers are also active bloggers, responding to current global affairs with their expert insight.

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