Research centres and areas of expertise
Research centres within the University of Exeter Business School are involved in a number of research projects, many of which are interdisciplinary and externally funded.
The new University of Exeter Business School Centre for Entrepreneurship is built to enable entrepreneurs to be successful in creating this change. It encompasses the already very successful Student Startup Office and the Business School’s Entrepreneurship faculty and brings them together to both do entrepreneurship and create world leading thinking that will inform the future of business.
The Centre aims to promote and showcase innovative and exemplary teaching and learning practice both internally and to external audiences. To enhance cross-university relationships with those involved in teaching enhancement and to encourage and support innovation in exploring new pedagogies.
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.
Research on the connections between people, teams or organizations, i.e., networks of social interactions, has gained considerable ground in recent years. Within organizations social networks are a key factor in our understanding of performance, innovation and individual wellbeing. Network research offers a powerful framework that is gaining momentum in management and social science. The aim of the Exeter Centre for Social Networks is to conduct world leading empirical research, offer training on network research methods, develop new methods, and work with leading organizations on better understanding the relationship between relational networks and key performance outcomes.
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.
Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre (ESF)
Sustainable finance integrates environmental, social, governance (ESG) factors into financial decisions. The Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre aims to use rigorous academic research to influence the practice of sustainable and responsible finance, offer education and research events, and engage with global stakeholders. Our key research areas include sustainable and responsible investments, climate risk, and stakeholder governance.
The Centre provides practical insights into the effects of digital disruption in business and society, and delivers tools that offer measurable impact to drive strategic and operational advantages. We work closely alongside industry and government to deliver meaningful research outputs, education and training.
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, Economics 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.
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.
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.
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.