Research Projects

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Payday futures: sub-prime credit markets in transition? Completed 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


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

Centre for Business in Society

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 Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

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


Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicles (WREV) trial Completed 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 Completed 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.


Innovation in Tackling Food Waste Completed 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 Completed 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 Completed 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 Completed 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.


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 Completed 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 Completed 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 Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

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


An economic impact tool for the community finance industry Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

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.


CARNIVAL Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

CARNIVAL is a research project that examines the impact of cultural and sporting ‘mega-events’, including (but not limited to) the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, Mardi Gras, Glastonbury and the Rio Carnival.


COMODAL - Consumer Models for the Assisted Living Sector Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

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


Sustainable cut-flowers project Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

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.


From the Grounds Up: The Coffee Shop Industry and the Circular Economy Completed 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.


Supporting Inclusive Growth through the Third Sector Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

Third sector business model change and its impact – two case studies of third sector organisations delivering ‘inclusive economies initiatives’ in the East and West Midlands.


A Status Market Approach to the Electric Vehicles Market Completed 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.


Understanding People’s Attitudes Towards Pensions Completed Projects

Centre for Business in Society

The overall objective is to provide a nuanced debate in relation to people’s financial well-being with an emphasis on long-term savings (pensions) and understanding of financial capability.


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