Research Projects

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The ‘Prosper’ programme – researching business support for cultural and creative organisations Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The Prosper programme is a 15 month programme, launched in 2017, which aims to strengthen the resilience and investment readiness of arts organisations, museums and libraries in England. The programme plans to improve resilience by growing capacity the capacity of cultural organisations to attract new business, investment and audiences.


Payday futures: sub-prime credit markets in transition? Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The project will investigate the impact of the regulation of High-Cost, Short-Term Credit (HCSTC) and how this is reshaping credit markets. Join the discussion on Twitter using #Paydayfutures


COMODAL - Consumer Models for the Assisted Living Sector Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Analysing the electronic Assisted LivingTechnology (eALT) market potential and proposing new business models to take the market forward.


A Critical Evaluation of the Added Value of Boards of Directors Through a Multiple Agency Theory Lens. Empirical Evidence of English and Belgian Listed Companies Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

A critical evaluation of the added value of boards of directors through a multiple agency theory lens. Empirical evidence of English and Belgian listed companies.


The Automotive R&D Infrastructure in the UK Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Mapping UK automotive R&D infrastructure and capability against future technology roadmaps to support strategic investment.


Demonstrating Quality of Life Impacts: Home Improvement Loans for those Experiencing Financial Exclusion Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Demonstrating Quality of Life Impacts: Home Improvement Loans for those Experiencing Financial Exclusion


How do EV adopters make decisions? Understanding their behaviours and exploring the strategic role of brands for CBiS

Centre for Business in Society

Targeting electric vehicles (EVs) at ‘consumers with a conscience’ has yet to result in widespread adoption of this technology. This study aims to assess whether an alternative approach of new market entrants, such as Tesla, in marketing the EV as a desirable gadget, badge of honour and ‘must-have’ brand, is likely to bring about mass adoption and a step-change in sales.


Innovation in Tackling Food Waste Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

This ESRC Festival of social science event, aimed to showcase new and innovative research strategies of tackling food waste and connect social innovators with the business community.


LONTOR Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

An investigation of the impact of multi-platform media coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games upon perceptions of disability (LONTOR).


Expert Advisor to MEPC High Performance Technology and Motorsport Cluster Study Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Commissioned SQW to investigate the high performance technology and motorsport (HPTM) cluster across the geography “within about 30 minutes” of Silverstone.


Negotiating the creative ecosystem: cultural and creative microenterprise business journeys Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Sponsorship of a PhD studentship by Creative United to support their work in providing financial goods and services to enable the growth and development of the UK’s cultural and creative industries.


Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicles (WREV) trial Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicles (WREV) trial aims to encourage SMEs in rural Warwickshire to evaluate the possibility of switching to an Electric Vehicle (EV). The project provides an SME with a grant to support the lease of an EV for up to two-years. The trial raises awareness of how EV technology can help businesses reduce their carbon footprint, counter increasing petrol and diesel prices, and support business development.


FinCris: Responsibilities, Ethics and the Financial Crisis Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

FinCris seeks to enlarge the public understanding of the financial crisis and the understanding among officials, regulatory and consumer bodies of the ethical issues raised by the crisis, specifically, how responsibilities for what has gone wrong create obligations to some of those badly affected by the crisis.


Promoting ethical flowers for improved working conditions in supply chains: The disconnect between increased certification and poor purchaser knowledge Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

 This project examines how the promotion of ethical flowers can contribute to improved working conditions in supply chains.


Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Deal 2015/2016 Evaluation Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Acting as a sub-consultant to policy consultancy Carney Green, Nick Henry provided expert peer review on evaluation methodology and local economic development context.

The aim of the evaluation was a) to assess the process of initial development and set-up of the Growth Deal Programme and its assurance infrastructure and b) report on initial project progress and impact.


The defence of new cultural centrality in cities of mega-events: the cultural legacy of Rio 2016 Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The objective of this research is to analyse the importance of culture in the city planning which is an indispensable way in understanding the local identities and its history.


Harnessing growth sectors for poverty reduction: what works to reduce poverty through sustainable employment with opportunities for progression? Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

This proposed research seeks to fill a gap in evidence about 'what works' in harnessing growth sectors for poverty reduction.  


Jobs and Skills in the Leeds City Region Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The aim of this project is use research insights to help inform choices in Leeds City Region around employment and skills policy, particularly relating to in-work progression. 


Measuring the Size of the UK Social Investment Market Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

An updated picture of the size of the UK social investment market.


Exploring the role of moral norms and neutralisation in environmentally conscious behaviour: The case of UAE Consumers Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

This research seeks to understand the environmentally conscious behaviour of consumers in United Arab Emirates.   


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