Research in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

At Derby we believe in research that matters to people. Research within our College of Business, Law and Social Sciences is distinctive, relevant, insightful and designed to make a difference.

Real-world impact

Everything we do is shaped by a desire to build better business and a better society. We not only generate knowledge but also apply that knowledge for the benefit of our partners, our students and our wider community. The focus is on high-quality research that exists not just to fill the pages of academic journals but to create meaningful real-world impact – improving business practice and steering effective policy-making.

Underpinned by strong engagement with our partners, our work is centred on a series of compelling research themes spanning some of today’s most pressing issues in business, enterprise, social justice and criminology. While the research is national and international in scope, we place great emphasis on serving the needs of our city, county and region.

Nurturing talent

As part of a dynamic research strategy, we are investing in high-level expertise, nurturing new talent and bringing together flexible interdisciplinary research teams with the agility to deliver first-rate results.

Join us in informing a better future. Experienced and early career researchers alike will discover a vibrant academic community where they have the freedom to tackle the big questions and to push boundaries. Postgraduate research students will thrive in an inspiring and supportive environment, developing their ideas under the supervision of leading professors.

And any organisation seeking rigorous bespoke research – whether they are from the public, private and third sectors – will find we produce solutions that really work.

Spotlight on ...

Take a look at some of the research projects, events and publications our researchers have been involved with recently.

Professor Cowling has published a Handbook of Quantitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship. It will be useful for those who are using quantitative data for the first time and for experienced researchers who are interested in new quantitative techniques.

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The University of Derby is collaborating with Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Derby, and South Derbyshire Councils to host an online housing retrofit conference that aims to build better understanding of the local ‘net zero’ challenge, our responsibilities for action and create a platform for genuine collaboration that will support citizens, construction firms, architects, planners, housing associations, educators and public servants to ensure Derbyshire is a thriving, healthy and sustainable place to live in the second half of this century. 

What to expect? 

The event provides a great opportunity to hear more about best practice in housing energy efficiency retrofit from around the country, focusing on strategies, ambition, co-benefits, technology, funding, installers, skills and training, and community engagement. 

Places are limited but free to local housing associations, developers, suppliers, installers, house builders, community organisations in the D2N2 region, University staff and officers from LAEP councils. 

Register here

Across the world, people and politicians are increasingly concerned about the full economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we slowly move towards the post-pandemic period, huge questions remain about what the world will look like and whether the economic system will return to its former state of global trade and complex interconnected financial markets. There is a general and pervasive feeling of uncertainty about how deep the current economic recession is, how long it will last, and which countries will be most deeply affected. And this is important as it impacts on the jobs and livelihoods of people and their families across the world.

It is incumbent on the economists of the world to shed some light on these big questions in order that governments can mitigate against the worst effects on their respective populations. With this in mind, one of the worlds’ most highly cited economists, , has assembled a research team at the University of Derby to investigate these questions for all of the major global economies.

Professor Apergis’s team will provide the evidence that can inform and support government decision-making as they seek to navigate their way out of the Covid crisis into the new world economy. You can follow the project updates as it unfolds on Twitter. 

Professor David Best is heading up an international study of the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic and lock has had on the recovery of people suffering from drug addiction.

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Research degrees

Your postgraduate research experience at the University of Derby is designed to help you build fundamental research skills, whether you are a motivated recent graduate or an experienced academic.

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