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From the Grounds Up: The Coffee Shop Industry and the Circular Economy Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

This study aims to explore how businesses and consumers can engage in the circular economy, the facilitators and inhibitors for doing so, and the importance of these actions for sustainable economies and societies. The UK and Germany are used as two case studies for exploring how and why the coffee shop industry takes part in the circular economy.


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.


A data-driven approach to sustainable operation, maintenance and development of the railway electrification system Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Funded by Network Rail, this project seeks to use a data-driven approach to sustainable operation, maintenance and development of the railway electrification system.


On Behalf of the People: Work and Community in the Nationalised British Coal Industry, 1947-1994. Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

This 3 year study will conduct a revised history of the nationalised British coal industry (1947-1994), examining this from a macro-, meso-, and micro-, perspective.  


A Multi-Scalar Exploration into the Internal and External Drivers of Citizen Participation in Community Food Growing Projects in Lambeth, London

Centre for Business in Society

The aim of this doctoral research is to explore the internal and external drivers influencing citizens' participation in urban community food growing projects.


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.


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


How do we ensure responsible borrowing? Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The key objective of this project is to improve responsible lending and borrowing. In particular, we will focus on access to affordable credit for low and moderate income communities.


Consumer Activism Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society


An Assessment of the Outcomes of the Social Incubator Fund Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

In July 2012, the Cabinet Office established a £10 million Social Incubator Fund as part of its broader strategy to grow the UK’s social investment market. The aim of the project was to assess the success and effectiveness of different forms of incubator and their finance and business support packages on the development of early stage social ventures. Acting as a sub-consultant to policy consultancy ICF Consulting, Nick Henry provided expert peer review on the evaluation methodology, findings and recommendations.


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.


Measuring the Social, Making Markets: Imagining and Constructing Global markets for Social Investment Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The project will analyse the (international) creation of social investment (SI) markets, addressing the following research objectives:

  • What ideas and discourses support the different models of an SI market?
  • How do different understandings translate into market practice?
  • How do market practices travel across space and place?


An Examination of Customer Engagement on Mobile Apps Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The objective of the study is to examine the factors that drive customer engagement on mobile phones apps. The study assesses the role of mobile apps in two mega events; Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Legacies of Sport Mega Events Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The objective of the study is to identify the reason of anti-consumerism resistance that appear in Brazil during the World FIFA Football Cup and before the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To compare the movements from the perspective of the riots, protests objectives and the proportion of attendance can brings important elements for the organise committees of mega events in the futures and also, move forward the actions in the sport marketing and sport management fields. 


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.


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.


Aquaculture and Fisheries in Ghana and their impact on food security Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

To assess the various effects that aquaculture and fishing have on food security and poverty within Ghana.


The temporary staffing industry and economic change Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The analytical work of the different national temporary staffing industries and the way they operate in different labour markets is designed to advance our understanding of labour market operations, challenges and developments, particularly around the use and nature of temporary work. This project is designed to deliver impact to a broad range of stakeholders, including academics, policy makers, those working in the industry and the general public.


A Status Market Approach to the Electric Vehicles Market Current Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are being promoted for their potential for reducing CO2 emissions, local air pollution, and dependence on oil imports. However, their uptake has remained slow despite heavy investment in upstream technologies and production, and a raft of economic incentives to potential consumers. This research will consider the interdependency between manufacturing and services in the context of the interactions between networks of producers, business services and consumers. In doing so, it will enable us to assess how different approaches to consumers can help to develop the EVs market.


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