Research Projects

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A KnowledgE Elicitation aPproach to understanding railway SAFEty (KEEPSAFE 1)

This project provided a proof of concept to the railway community for making decisions on safety on trains, stations and other infrastructure.


Coventry & Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrator Programme (CABLED)

The CABLED project provided the opportunity for Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles to be made available to a wide cross section of real world users and collect data on their everyday use over a 12 month trial period.


Understanding barriers to Electric Vehicle adoption amongst mass market car drivers

Within the context of government policy regulating against the sales of new internal combustion engine vehicles within the next two decades, the project sought to understand how ready the mass market is to transition to electric vehicles (EVs).


Your money, your life: Lived experiences of young people’s borrowing

This research will explore young people’s (aged 18-24) lived experience of borrowing, their use of credit and perceptions of their current (and of their future) financial vulnerability. Young people will actively participate in designing solutions to reduce their financial vulnerability.


Coventry Made Me

This rapid response project investigates how the city of Coventry and its various places have influenced the identity of creative individuals of the city – and acts as the inspiration for new work by the artist Mary Courtney.


Evaluation of City of Culture Transforming Leadership Programme

Working within evaluation design principles and a methodology which aligns with the City of Culture Trust’s strategic approach, and to the outcome-led / partner-driven model deployed across the city.


Addressing inequality, enhancing diversity and facilitating greater dialogue in the hosting of sporting mega events (EventRights)

The EventRights project will explore and produce recommendations as to how major sporting events (MSEs) can influence MSE organising committees and other stakeholders to ensure that progressive social opportunities to address inequality, enhance diversity. 


Sustainable cut-flowers project

Between 2015 and 2019 Dr David Bek and Dr Jill Timms managed externally funded projects examining different facets of sustainability within the global cut-flower industry.


Big Data, Big Capabilities: Developing the Senior Finance Professionals of the Future to Exploit the Benefits of Big Data

This study aims to examine the main capabilities that senior finance professionals/accountants need to make good use of BD in their decision-making and propose how senior finance professionals/accountants can acquire and develop a portfolio of these new capabilities.


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

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

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

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


COMODAL - Consumer Models for the Assisted Living Sector

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


An economic impact tool for the community finance industry

The aim of this project is to create a (very) easy to use methodology and tool for the community development sector that allows a consistent, robust and real time ability to report the value of the economic impacts of community finance lending.


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

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.


Payday futures: sub-prime credit markets in transition?

The project investigated the impact of the regulation of UK payday loans or High-Cost, Short-Term Credit (HCSTC) and how this is reshaping credit markets for borrowers.


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

The Prosper programme aims to strengthen the resilience and investment readiness of arts organisations, museums and libraries in England.


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

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


Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicle Trial (WREV)

The 'Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicle' (WREV) trial was designed to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in rural Warwickshire in examining their options for switching to electric vehicles (EVs).


FinCris: Responsibilities, Ethics and the Financial Crisis

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.