Behind great research is collaboration and strong relationships built with businesses and other institutions, and that’s what you’ll find at the core of all our research projects.
We’ve been awarded multiple EU grants for projects looking at business models to support assisted living for older people through technological innovation. To help the government understand how training investments increase productivity, we’ve also been funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have awarded us national funding to better understand how small firms deal with regulation.
We’ve also won prestigious international awards such as the Newton Fellowship, funded by the Royal Society and British Academy for research looking at entrepreneurship in East Asia.
These awards and grants highlight our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our research projects are addressing relevant contemporary issues. All of our projects, both past and current, contribute to significant research that has real social impact. It’s valuable to practitioners and policy makers, as well as to our academic colleagues and students. Take a look at our projects below:
The Digitalisation of Management is a three-year collaborative research programme with Märladalen University in Sweden funded by the Swedish funder FORTE. It will focus on the consequences of growing digital influence in middle management roles. Professor Chris Ivory is leading the UK component of the programme which will look at the ‘lived experience’ of mangers and project managers in both public and private organisations in the UK and Sweden. The research will inform policy, training and practice around the development and deployment of digital technologies.
Visit the Digitalisation of Management page for more information.
Innovation 50 is an exciting three-year project launched by Essex County Council (ECC) and Anglia Ruskin University. The aim of the project is to identify the most successful and growing SMEs across Essex to find out more about their success and growth. Now in its final stages, the chosen 50 most innovative companies in the county have participated in the research stages of the project. The results of this research will be used to inspire others and shape future strategy on the successes and challenges facing SMEs.
Visit the Innovation 50 page for more information.
SEAS2Grow (Silver Economy Accelerating Strategies 2 Grow) is an EU funded project that will help to accelerate the use of innovative products and services for the Silver Economy market (the term given to the demand for age-related goods and services due to demographic change). Working with the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care to provide a business accelerator, the Business School is leading the UK’s participation in the project with three other participating regions, France, Belgium, Netherlands. SEAS2Grow is an Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The GrowIn 4.0 (Grow into Industry 4.0) project is funded by Interreg North Sea Region programme 2017-2020 and it aims to assemble, test and further develop business tools and solutions that will make it easier for manufacturing small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to transition to Industry 4.0. Working together with the Faulty of Science and Engineering, we are part of this 3-year collaborative project with other partners from six regions: the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
This project examines the entrepreneurial legacy of the Olympic Games in two cities, London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016), through funding from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It will focus in particular on social enterprises set up by young people in the poorest areas of both cities.
This national project initially funded by WISE (the Women into Science and Engineering Campaign), with support from Amazon UK, investigates women leaders in innovation routes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics organisations. The project has now moved onto identifying gender economics related to these issues and to exploring female STEM entrepreneurs to determine if they show the same factors in their STEM career journeys.
The Migrant Workers Mapping Project is a one-year consultancy research project, commissioned by the Rosimi Centre Wisbech and led by Buckinghamshire New University. Anglia Ruskin researchers Dr David Smith, Dr Egle Dagilyte and Jana Bright will contribute to the wider two-year multi-agency project led by Fenland District Council that aims to undertake a suite of activities to understand migration in Fenland better, in preparation for post-Brexit challenges.
Biz4Age (Business Opportunities for Healthy Ageing) was a €600,000 project funded by the EU under the INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme. Its purpose was to understand the best ways to respond to the challenges of ageing populations in ways that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care, support independent living, and create regional business opportunities. Biz4Age brought together partners from England (Kent, Cambridgeshire), The Netherlands (Zeeland), Belgium (West-Flanders) and France (Nord-pas-de-Calais).
The CURA-B project (acCURAte-Business) focused on promoting entrepreneurship and the development of new cross-border initiatives. It was a three-year, priority 1 EU ERDF project, part-funded through the Joint Technical Secretariat INTERREG IVA 2 Mers programme. The Business School's role in CURA-B was to provide social science support and direction to the project. The focus was upon how innovation may be improved by drawing lessons from the use of different forms of assistive technology and by helping local agencies, firms and care-providers develop models suitable for effective, integrated health care provision.