Research Units

To reflect particular areas of activity, the School of Business is at the centre of a number of research units and groups.

CAMEo - Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

The School is very actively engaged with CAMEoCAMEo is an interdisciplinary institute drawing widely from social sciences, arts and humanities. It offers particular expertise in cultural policy and creative economy, cultural work and employment, cultural production and consumption and mediation, representation and audiences. We are especially interested in how cultural and media economies are described, understood, measured, valued, represented and experienced.

Leads: Professor Mark Banks (Media and Communication) and Dr Doris Eikof (School of Business, Work and Employment Division)

COPF - Contemporary Organization and Policy Forum

The Contemporary Organization and Policy Forum, established in 2015, brings long-standing Leicester history and research together with external stakeholders and activists in order to engage in more systematic policy oriented work and ensure that work reaches an audience, and makes a difference, outside the walls of the university.

CPPE - Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy

What is the relationship between philosophy and political economy today? Ever since October 2003, the Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy has considered a variety of responses towards this guiding question. These responses have been generated out of a collective and ongoing engagement with areas as diverse as cultural studies, feminism and science and technology studies, psychology and social theory, management and organisation studies, philosophy and political economy, and many other fields besides.

Lead: Dr Keir Milburn (Innovation, Technology and Operations Division)

CSSU - Civil Safety and Security Unit

The Civil Safety and Security Unit has a well-established international reputation for its work in the areas of contingency planning, disaster risk reduction, international security, public unrest, policing, local and central government policies, aviation safety and security, and business continuity management.

Lead: Dr Simon Bennett (Innovation, Technology and Operations Division)

EN - Econophysics Network

The Econophysics Network (EN) was established in 2016. Over the two last decades, the expansion of finance has increased more and more interest from scientific disciplines for market behaviours (economics, physics, mathematics, statistics, sociology, history etc.). The network website is hosted by KCL.

Lead: Dr Christophe Schinckus (Finance Division)

The Finance Research and Industry Group

The Finance Research and Industry Group was set up with financial support from the University of Leicester, the Departments of Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, and the School of Management. The Group received ‘Research Institute’ status on 22 February 2012, but this status is not retained in the new university research architecture. The Group is established at the University of Leicester to serve as an international centre of excellence for research and teaching in Finance and as a link between the academia and professionals working in the Finance industry. A main goal of the Group consists in holding regular seminars on Finance-related topics which are also industry-relevant.

HaPPEN - Health and Public Policy Evaluation Network

HaPPEN brings together researchers within the University of Leicester interested in the interaction of public policy and public health.

LAIN - Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network

The Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network (LAIN) brings together expertise from diverse fields and as such, is the University of Leicester's first such platform to promote interdisciplinary collaborations pivoting on AI.

Leads: Dr Yujie Chen (Media and Communication), Dr Alistair McEwan (Engineering), Dr Phoebe Moore (School of Business, Management and Organisation Division), Professor Mohammad Reza Mousavi (Informatics)

MBO - Membership Based Organisations

Membership Based Organisations (MBO) has a special focus on Co-operative Management and Organisational Development. MBO has conducted research dealing with problems of management and organisational development within the co-operative and mutual and social economy sectors.

Lead: Dr Peter Davis (Honorary Visiting Fellow)

QSCS – Quantum Social and Cognitive Science

QSCS promotes and develops high level research on the identification of quantum structures in non-physical domains, in particular, in socio-economic and cognitive science. Established in 2014, it is strongly associated with the Accounting and Finance Division with additional representation from Economics.

Lead: Dr Sandro Sozzo (Finance Division)

RASA– Research in Accounting, Society and Accountability

The Research in Accounting, Society, and Accountability (RASA) Unit is an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in understanding how accounting shapes and is in turn shaped by society. Our research challenges narrower understandings of what accounting is and what it becomes and thus contributes to the further development of accounting practice and theory, including radical alternatives.

Lead: Dr Amanze Ejiogu (Accounting Division)

SWEF - Sustainable Work and Employment Futures

SWEF was established in 2013 and places ULSB at the forefront of analytical and policy research on work and employment futures.

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