Our research analyses changing global financial, legal, regulatory, political and economic environments and assesses the implications these have for business, government, policy and society. We focus on the intersection between different dimensions of and perspectives on major global issues such as sustainability, conflict, social instability and migration.
This research theme considers ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and risk in production, consumption, digital, legislative, political and social activities. We interpret applied ethics broadly, as the application of ethical considerations, reasons, principles, values and ideals to any policy or practice (personal, social or professional) for the purpose of evaluating that policy or practice on ethical grounds.
Our systems research develops and applies systems approaches to business, legislative, legal, policy and societal challenges, including the delivery of public services. Within this theme we address current and emerging global, national, local and sectoral challenges. Our fundamental and applied research here is concerned with advancing the understanding of systems and systemic phenomena in complex social-economic systems at all scales.
Leadership and strategy
This theme researches leadership and strategy in public, private, military and not-for-profit organisations, political and legal systems, economic and social activity. Using predominantly qualitative methods we employ social theory to better understand the ways in which organising takes place and we take a multi-disciplinary research approach to adopt critical perspectives which challenge assumptions.
Socio-economic development and policy
Our research considers socio-economic development and policy in the global context, incorporating economic analysis, business strategy, human resources, governance and regulatory processes. We focus on a wide range of issues including local and regional development, labour markets and skills policies, entrepreneurship and volunteering.