Research centres and networks

Research centres

Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP)

Focusing on the application of economic principles to both public and private sector decisions which use or impact upon environmental resources, the Centre for Land, Environment, Ecomomics and Policy undertakes applied and quantitative work across a vast sweep of research challenges such as: working with businesses in the tropics to improve profitability by enhancing rather than degrading the environment; working with the UK government to understand how climate change may alter incentives to heighten or negate policy actions; and designing decision support tools so to increase the impact of pro-environment investments. Visit the LEEP website »

Exeter Centre for Leadership

Engaging with and shaping the latest evidence from management, economics, and psychological research, the Centre provides practical insights to inform current leadership behaviour. Through our multi-disciplinary research agenda, we work closely with corporations, government departments, the armed forces and the not-for-profit sector to inform policy, practice and academic theory. Our key research areas cover: Relational Leadership, Leading Change, and Governance and Leadership Structures. Visit the Exeter Centre for Leadership website »

Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC)

Operated in partnership by the University of Exeter and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Centre undertakes research on tax administration in order to strengthen the theoretical and empirical understanding of tax operations and policies. The Centre is. Its research is multidisciplinary, and the research team involves economists, accountants, experimentalists, political scientists and psychologists. Visit the TARC website »

Centre for Simulation, Analytics and Modelling

The Centre investigates how innovative technologies can be embraced to provide intellectual insights and intelligence into organisational systems. Examples of projects include predictive analytics, particularly text analytics, to inform visitor experience in tourism contexts, patient experience in healthcare contexts, and the analysis of non-quantitative disclosures. In addition to analytical methods the Centre also uses serious games to engage user communities and to transfer core principles of design innovation.

Centre for Circular Economy

A global leader in circular economy theory and practice, this centre focuses on the theory and practice of circular economy in business, the public sector and NGO’s in both developed and developing countries. Recognised as a ‘Global Pioneer’ for Circular Economy by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we address systemic global and local challenges by providing new solutions to old problems, based on circular economic thinking and principles. We work with organisations at all levels, from the world’s leading global corporates to local and regional organisations in areas such as: food, packaging, construction, transport, mining, eco-system services, circularity metrics and ocean plastics. We offer a breadth of learning opportunities for the organisations with whom we work including bespoke programmes for senior learners as well as blended learning and online peer-to-peer learning platforms. Visit the Centre for Circular Economy website »

Research Methods Centre

The Centre focuses on applying advanced research methods to management, finance, accounting and economic problems. The Centre offers training to academic staff and post-graduate research students in advanced research methods. Each year we offer workshops focused on data analysis such as multilevel modelling, structural equation modelling, longitudinal modelling, spatial models, social network models, Bayesian methods, meta-analysis, agent-based models, textual analysis and qualitative comparative analysis. We also offer workshops on various types of research design, such as mixed methods, experiments, and longitudinal as well as how to collect survey, experimental, and on-line data.

Research facilities

Finance and Economics Experimental Laboratory at Exeter (FEELE)

The FEELE Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory for research in Experimental Economics, located in the University of Exeter Business School.

FEELE’s mission is to be an excellent facility for experimental economic research, and to enable economics experiments to be an integral part of the teaching practice at the University of Exeter Business School. Visit the FEELE website »

Research networks

InsTED - Institutions Trade & Economic Development

Our mission at the InsTED network is to facilitate the debate over whether institutions can and do help to coordinate on beneficial economic outcomes, with a central focus on the implications for economic development.

Although we are broadly interested in the relationship between institutions and development, we have a particular interest in the role of international trade.

TObeWELL - Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services

This project is based on bringing together principles of ecosystem services (ES), which focus on life support systems, with more non-material services such as culture, health and wellbeing through tourism.

It aims to link research on wellbeing provided by ecosystems and their use via tourism, leisure and recreation activities.

Business, Nature and Value

This newly-established research group aims to focus on the relationships between business nature, and value creation.

This is a nexus that is hugely important to global commodity supplies, and hence global and local security, and also to the governance of corporate practices, to trade and markets.

Sustainable Innovation Lab (SusIN Lab)

The Sustainable Innovation Lab is an initiative of Prof John Bessant and Dr Sally Jeanrenaud of the Business School, University of Exeter. 

It invites all stakeholders to explore the new driver of innovation and value creation: sustainability.