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.

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Business, Law and Social Sciences academics ranked amongst most cited scientists

Our research team are part of the top 4% amongst the most highly-cited scientists in the world. They have been featured in the top 160,000 cited scientists out of seven million scientists worldwide in the research.

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Spotlight on ...

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

Derby is to receive a £15 million government cash boost to help renew and reshape the city centre following a successful bid by Derby City Council. The submission to the Future High Street Fund is designed to help renew and reshape town centres and high streets across the country. Professor Carley Foster acted as a representative for the University of Derby, and contributed to the shaping of the business case that was put to the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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Professor Qile He (Horace) became a founding member of the newly established The Advisory Network for the Future of Blockchain (ANFB). ANFB is a multidisciplinary academic network advising on policy frameworks to support the regulatory and legislative processes of Blockchain.

This multi-disciplinary Network comprises leading academics and practitioners from UK universities and various industries to advice on a policy framework to support regulative and legislative process for Blockchain, which is part of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), in the digital market. University of Derby colleagues Dr Sa’ad AliDr Elaine Conway and Dr Jay Daniel also became members of the advisory board. The network was successfully launched on 2nd February 2021 and will evaluate the current and upcoming regulations on Blockchain from multiple disciplines perspective including  Law, Information System, Sociology, Economy and Management.

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. 

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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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