The behaviours of organisations and policy makers impact on individuals, groups and communities, businesses and organisations, nations and global relations. These effects and consequences can be beneficial and enable enhanced social, economic and environmental well-being. However, negative consequences can also arise from business practices and policy makers paying insufficient attention to their corporate responsibilities or their impact on society. Our research aims to understand the role of business in society, to share these emerging insights and to seek a fairer outcome for all.
Our mission is to deliver effective solutions to policy makers, businesses and industries that reflect responsible practice. Through understanding the impact of organisations’ activities, behaviours and policies, our research seeks to promote responsibility and to change behaviours so as to achieve better outcomes for economies and societies.
CBiS's research themes have now formed the basis of our four research teams which are centred around the following themes:
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Sustainable supply and ethical consumption
This research team explores the emerging transition agenda around the interconnections between sustainability and the circular economy. We focus on the ultimate goals of living within environmental limits and the attainment of social justice, through the delivery of responsible business and ethical consumption practices. Therefore, our research examines activities and attitudes at different points in the lifecycle of products, from technical development and supply through to consumption. Our work directly contributes to enhancements in the development of a sustainable circular economy. Read more.
The team is led by:
Dr David Bek
Professor Ming Lim
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIES
New approaches and forms to economic and regional development
This research team examines the benefits and limitations of different forms and practices of economic development, focusing on the relationships between economic and societal outcomes and the role of firms, organisations and policymakers in shaping these. Through understanding these relationships in and across localities, cities and regions, this work aims to support the development of more inclusive forms of economic development and shared prosperity. Learning from past behaviours and trends so as to adapt current policy is part of this appreciation of economic development. Read more.
The team is led by:
Dr Paul Sissons
Dr Nick Henry
SECTOR, ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STUDIES
Responsible finance for nations, organisations and individuals
The capital account liberalisation and financial reforms since the early 1980s, including eased restrictions on foreign direct investment and short-term portfolio flows, are at the heart of financial globalisation. Financial openness and deregulation can be seen as an essential step in the process of economic development, but can also have detrimental effects, including higher co-dependence, contagion and likelihood of systemic crises. This research team focuses on the study of such economic and financial phenomena and how these impact on economies, industries, individuals, communities and societies, with a particular focus on responsible finances and investments. Read more.
The team is led by:
Professor Glauco De Vita
Dr Harjit Sekhon
DATA, ORGANISATIONS AND SOCIETY
The use, privacy and security of data in organisations and society
Data availability has increased exponentially in the last decade, paving the way to a new business environment. As such a growth rate continues to accelerate, so does the need for a better understanding of the opportunities provided by the new phenomenon and the challenges it poses to business, individuals and society regarding strategic decision-making and innovation, business strategy, data security and protection, surveillance, ethics and data privacy. Read more.
The team is led by:
Dr Alexeis Garcia-Perez
Professor Sally Dibb
Professor Maureen Meadows
CBiS’s team of researchers has long-established multiple industry and institutional collaborations on a global scale, sharing the benefits of impact-led research.
We embrace research methods that are considerate and sensitive to the constantly changing business environment, behaviours, practices and society.
Our core funding stems from EU and government bodies, charities, research councils and local businesses. CBiS has a clearly defined focus within each research cluster as detailed in our Research Brochure.
CBiS’s work has been gaining momentum as an innovative and leading research centre. As a result we expect to expand our network of partners,collaborators and funders. We are open to discuss possible partnerships and funding opportunities. Contact us to see how we can potentially work together: firstname.lastname@example.org
CODESMA - COnstruction and DEmolition waste management training for Site MAnagers
The project aims to support Vocational Education and Training (VET) provision for site managers in C&D waste by: addressing modern training needs in accordance with EU priorities regarding waste management, and developing Open Educational Resources (OERs) that ensure easy and free access to on-line training and certification.
OPENMED: Exploring Intercultural Learning through Open Education Practices across the Mediterranean
OpenMed ‘Opening up Education in South-Mediterranean Countries’, is an international cooperation involving five partners from Europe and nine from the South-Mediterranean (S-M) region (Morocco, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan). The project is focused on how universities from the designated countries, and other S-M countries, can join the action as community partners in the adoption of strategies and channels that embrace the principles of openness and reusability within the context of higher education. Open Education represents transparency, equity and participation. Such values are core in widening participation and building capacity in Open Education Practices, important to the national contexts of the Mediterranean countries.
JOVITAL: Jordan Opportunity for Virtual Innovative Teaching And Learning
Enable academic staff to purposefully use social technologies for teaching. Design and implement problem-‐based learning courses and cases. Transfer academic best practices from HEI in programme countries. Help Jordanian HEI to develop effective internationalisation strategies. Provide Jordanian students with international experience at their home HEI. Integrate Jordanian HEI in a global network for “Virtual Mobility”.