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Current projects

Title Funder Start date End date
Early Years Employment Research Hub 1 August 2023 1 August 2033
Just transition in the UK 1 December 2020 31 December 2030
Constrained Rural Entrepreneurship 1 January 2023 31 December 2028
Understanding the value of internships 1 May 2016 31 December 2026
Analytics for Demand Responsive Online Intelligent Transport (ADROIT) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 4 September 2023 3 September 2026
H3: Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people 1 January 2021 31 December 2025
Humans in Digital Logistics 1 November 2022 31 October 2025
Transition to Parenthood in UK SMEs Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 October 2022 30 September 2025
Women into Studying Economics (WiSE) 1 September 2022 1 September 2025
Longitudinal study: sex work, violence and HIV reduction in southern Africa 1 March 2021 31 July 2025
Just Transition: action, concepts, debates and strategies - an international comparison across 12 countries 1 May 2022 30 April 2025
Digital Futures At Work Research Centre Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 January 2020 31 December 2024
Entrepreneurship in the Adult Entertainment Industry: Insights from OnlyFans Content Creators 1 September 2021 31 December 2024
Mind the gap: investigating the transfer of digital capabilities from the classroom to the business in SMEs The British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust 9 January 2023 7 October 2024
Labour mobility in transition: a multi-actor study of the re-regulation of migrant work in 'low-skilled' sectors (LIMITS) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 October 2021 30 September 2024
Easing Your Transition After the Pandemic (EASYTAP) 1 September 2021 1 September 2024
A Just Transition to Circular Economy (JUST2CE) 1 September 2021 31 August 2024
Developing an Inclusive Research Culture through Improving Research Support Practices 1 August 2023 31 July 2024
Leeds University Business School System-level Sustainability (LESS) research group 1 August 2020 31 July 2024
UK Families in the Energy Crisis: Impact and Implications of the UK Price Cap Policy 1 October 2022 31 December 2023
Leeds Index of Platform Labour Protest 1 July 2019 31 December 2023
Sex workers’ experiences of management and other third parties 1 October 2017 31 December 2023

Past projects

Title Funder Start date End date
Gender, digital technology, and the future of work in India 1 March 2021 31 October 2023
Can workforce diversity stimulate transformation towards a more sustainable future? 1 April 2023 1 October 2023
Blockchain enabled Cloud Computing based integrated Carbon Calculator (Be4C) 1 September 2022 1 September 2023
Global Value Chains and Finance 1 January 2022 31 August 2023
An Artificial Intelligence Approach to Financial Vulnerability 1 January 2022 31 August 2023
Sustainability in Britain’s pub industry: exploring the social, economic and environmental impacts of different pub models 1 January 2022 31 August 2023
Understanding the relationship between regional gambling behaviour and regional differences in personality 1 January 2022 31 August 2023
Predicting inequality from digital textual data 1 January 2022 31 August 2023
Transformational Impact of Digital Platforms Ecosystems on Global Value Chains accelerated by COVID-19 1 January 2022 31 August 2023
Promoting inclusive growth via developing exporting 1 November 2022 31 July 2023
Improving Research Culture Through Addressing Inequality in Research Funding 1 February 2023 31 July 2023
Reuse to reduce food waste: understanding policy barriers preventing food upcycling 1 November 2022 31 July 2023
Industrial digital technologies for UK SME exporting manufacturers 1 December 2022 28 July 2023
Paternal Involvement and its Effects on Children’s Education (PIECE) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 April 2021 30 June 2023
AI-powered sourcing tool for fashion and textile companies to assess environmental and social risks Innovate UK 1 October 2022 30 June 2023
Kitchen Life 2 1 February 2021 30 June 2023
Climate change, social inequality & psychosocial wellbeing with emerging digital data – a multidisciplinary network between UK and South Korea Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 February 2022 30 June 2023
Accelerated Knowledge Transfer with LBBC Innovate UK 7 December 2022 31 March 2023
Examining the scope for improving performance through diversity and inclusion in National Highways’ supply chain 1 August 2021 31 March 2023
Strategic Crafting of Country-of-Origin-Image: Strengthening Competitive Advantages of Firms in Times of Global Geopolitical and Economic Uncertainty 1 January 2020 31 December 2022
Developing corporate innovation capabilities 1 January 2017 31 December 2022
Protest of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic 1 May 2021 31 December 2022
Covid-19 and the Spatial Distribution of Business Closures: Evidence from West Yorkshire 1 January 2021 31 December 2022
The Future Workplace 1 March 2020 1 October 2022
The Future of Work in Just Transitions The British Academy 1 July 2021 30 September 2022
Adapting offices for the future of work UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 24 March 2021 24 September 2022
Designing human resource management practices to improve the wellbeing of healthcare workers from BAME backgrounds in the context of COVID-19 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 24 March 2021 24 September 2022
Return Policies 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
UK aerospace restructuring: jobs, skills and high-performance work 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
Establishing the feasibility of using machine learning to investigate UK company strategy and performance 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
Understanding the view on data from the C-Suite before, during and after Covid-19 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
Post Covid Market Landscape Changes and Product Development: Survival and Readiness Strategies in the Automotive Industry Supply Chain 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
Democratic deconsolidation at work? Understanding the relationship between voice in the workplace and political engagement across the UK’s social divides 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
Transformational effects of COVID-19 on inequalities at work: An international analysis of job polarisation, occupational segregation and emerging policy responses 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
International Knowledge Transfer and Co-creation through International Entrepreneurship 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
A Framework for Digital Strategy Work: Exploring Inclusion and Transparency in the Strategy Process Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 September 2021 31 August 2022
Collaborative decentralised crowd innovation to address complex social problems 1 January 2021 31 August 2022
The role of the neighbourhood environment in shaping the mental health consequences of Covid-19 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 1 November 2020 31 July 2022
Using citizen science to explore plant breeding and investigate food-chain transparency for novel breeding methods UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 10 January 2022 10 July 2022
Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Clipper Logistics Innovate UK 17 January 2019 13 May 2022
Capitalising on COVID-19 as a Trigger for Positive Change in Food Waste Behaviour Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2 November 2020 1 May 2022
Visualising and Enhancing Value Chains in the Amazon - realising impact 1 May 2020 30 April 2022
Understanding the COVID 19 misinformation flow using artificial Intelligence (AI) based tools and citizen panels 1 September 2021 30 April 2022
Tackling vaccine hesitancy: the way forward? 1 January 2022 31 March 2022
British companies' exposure to the Chinese Market 1 January 2022 31 March 2022
Do Private Equity firms create value? Evidence from PE-backed companies 1 July 2021 31 March 2022
The impact of climate change and policies on the balance of payments and central banking in commodity-exporting emerging economies 1 March 2021 28 February 2022
Research Network on Work, Labour and Climate Change 21 February 2019 21 February 2022
Reshaping competence-based future entrepreneurship research and pedagogy 1 January 2020 31 January 2022
Childcare during COVID-19 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 10 September 2020 9 January 2022
Collaborative innovation for addressing incontinence: Understanding women’s experiences of urinary incontinence 1 June 2017 1 January 2022
Supply Chain Council: End-to-end supply chain collaboration 1 February 2014 31 December 2021
Policing beyond the pandemic: the transformation of police work practices in response to the crisis 1 December 2020 31 December 2021
Environmental transparency and accountability 1 January 2019 31 December 2021
Entrepreneurial Resiliency, Innovation and Change during the Covid-19 Crisis (ERICC) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 June 2020 31 October 2021
Welfare at a (Social) Distance Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 May 2020 31 October 2021
The worker voice in Just Transitions to a low-carbon economy: building evidenced based policy making in Yorkshire and the Humber 1 December 2020 31 October 2021
Lessons from the frontline: The impact of redeployment during Covid-19 on nurse well-being, engagement and retention 1 October 2020 1 October 2021
Assuring the quality of design descriptions through the use of design configuration spaces Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 1 October 2018 30 September 2021
Influencing the Influencers: Accelerating the diffusion of sustainable high fashion clothing 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Women Leadership in Africa 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Professional Service Firms of the Future: Organizational Responses to Artificial Intelligence in the Legal and Audit Professions 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
When less is more: Exploring the interplay between psychological threats and consumer wellbeing, attitudes, and sustainable behaviour 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Compliance cascades in global value chains 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Uncovering Challenges to Innovation Adoption and Sustainability Practices at Bottom-of-the-Pyramid 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Subconscious and affective determinants of food waste behaviour 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Political Polarisation in Online Debates: The Roles of Brands and Consumers 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
Applying computer modelling, simulation and socio-technical systems analysis to improve NHS dementia care outcomes 1 January 2020 31 August 2021
COVID-19 and Migration Systems in Transition 1 July 2020 31 August 2021
Individual action through social organisations: The case of poverty The European Research Council 22 January 2020 31 July 2021
Access to finance and productivity enhancing investments in the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 13 January 2020 1 May 2021
Impact of Covid-19 on management to eradicate modern slavery from global supply chains: A case study of Indian fashion supply chains Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 1 November 2020 30 April 2021
A Better Future - Understanding Refugee Entrepreneurship (BFURE) The British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust 1 April 2019 1 April 2021
Future role of Towns and Cities 1 January 2021 31 March 2021
Equity Finance Provision in the UK and Regions and the Impact of the Pandemic: An Analysis of Trends in Venture Capital Investments and a Survey of Equity Funded Firms 1 December 2020 31 March 2021
Responding to the COVID-19 jobs crisis and beyond: building an evidence base for public policy 1 December 2020 31 March 2021
Tracking local public interest in COVID-19 topics using Natural Language Processing (NLP) 1 December 2020 31 March 2021
EPSRC: Balancing the impact of city infrastructure engineering on natural systems using robots Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 14 January 2016 3 January 2021
Industry’s engagement with and response to the development of modern slavery acts in Australia, France, and the UK 1 January 2021
Awareness and attitude towards modern slavery acts by British and Australian small and medium sized enterprises 1 January 2021
Sustainable and productive?! Helping manufacturing SMEs to manage multiple goals Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 May 2020 31 December 2020
Analysing the Integration of Brazilian Financial Markets 1 January 2015 31 December 2020
Informing public sector guidelines on valuing infrastructure spend   1 January 2000 31 December 2020
The Equity Gap 1 January 2015 31 December 2020
PREWORK 1 March 2016 31 December 2020
Information and Communication Technologies in the Fire and Rescue Services in England 1 October 2018 1 December 2020
“Scholars don’t know about entrepreneurship; entrepreneurs do” 1 December 2019 30 October 2020
IKnowFood: Integrating Knowledge for Food Systems Resilience Global Food Security 1 October 2013 1 October 2020
Complex and Open Innovation for Networked Society (COINS) Horizon 2020 1 October 2015 1 October 2020
Contesting the Platform Economy 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Collective ideation and innovation processes 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Stimulating Virtuous Behaviours: A Subjective Well-Being Perspective 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Cross-border Customer Engagement in New Product Development: Challenges and Opportunities 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
The Impact of Country Alliances on International Business: A Commonwealth Perspective 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
A Multilevel Framework of NPD Alliance Management: The Dynamics of Coopetition in Co-Development Teams 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Digital Transformation in the Creative Industries: Emerging Research on the Development within Broadcasting in the Leeds region 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Reconceptualising inclusion at work 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Digital transformation of advanced engineering companies 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Financial Technology 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Valuing the infrastructure of cities, regions and nations: a foundation for inclusive growth and integrated industrial strategy 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
A tale of two (or more) cities: Neighbourhood rejuvenation through sustainable retailing and marketing strategy 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Using Option Presentation Formats to Nudge Consumers towards Better Choices 1 February 2019 31 August 2020
Immigration and well-being The Nuffield Foundation 1 January 2018 1 August 2020
Improving business engagement in employability programmes 6 January 2020 31 July 2020
Relationship between care home staffing and quality of care: a mixed methods approach 1 July 2017 31 July 2020
Project Evacuation Marie Curie 1 March 2018 3 July 2020
Lowering the impact of banking crises in European economies 1 January 2006 1 June 2020
Raising the Ceiling on Diversity and Inclusion: A Corporate Retail Case Study 1 January 2018 31 March 2020
Knowledge Transfer Partnership with All Around the World Innovate UK 16 February 2017 7 February 2020
VOICES: Valuing Orchard and Integrated Crop Ecosystem Services 1 May 2017 31 January 2020
The 21st Century quality challenges for top management 1 January 2018 31 January 2020
Organisational resilience: protecting and improving operational performance 1 January 2013 1 January 2020
Increasing transparency of costs and fees in asset management to improve pension fund performance 1 January 2010 31 December 2019
Why the poor outcomes? An examination of motivations in a context of poverty entrepreneurship The British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust 1 June 2017 1 December 2019
Why People eat in a Traditional or Modern Way German Research Council 1 January 2017 30 November 2019
Improving Web-based Communications about Cervical Cancer Screening Using Graphs: An Interdisciplinary Approach Cancer Research UK 1 October 2016 1 October 2019
Applying risk communication strategies to reduce speeding-related risks Horizon 2020 1 September 2017 31 August 2019
The financialisation of nonfinancial corporations: a comparison between Brazil and Turkey using sectoral data Newton Mobility Grant 1 September 2018 31 August 2019
Improving the impact of projects on enhancing sustainability in the process industries Horizon 2020 1 September 2017 1 August 2019
Evaluation of the Migrant Access Project Plus Leeds City Council 1 February 2018 31 July 2019
Improving the Treatment of Uncertainty in Climate Services in China (Climate Science for Services Partnership China) 1 July 2017 1 June 2019
Key metrics for supporting national and local government waste policy improvements Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 June 2018 30 April 2019
Behavioural Aspects of Institutional Investment Decision-Making 15 January 2018 30 April 2019
Developing More Effective Financial Support Service Provision in the UK The Leverhulme Trust 1 April 2016 30 April 2019
Developing a reference protocol for expert elicitation in health care decision making UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 1 November 2016 28 February 2019
Pulling a thread: unravelling the trail of modern slavery in the fashion and textile industry The British Academy 15 November 2017 15 February 2019
Future Engineering System: Data visualisation and usability evaluation 1 April 2016 1 February 2019
System Understanding and Sub-System Utopia through Design Project Design Integration and Optimisation (SUSSUDIO) 1 September 2017 31 December 2018
A behavioural science approach for evaluating communications about climate related risks and uncertainties 1 May 2018 31 October 2018
Researcher Links Workshop: "Environmental technology innovation for green supply chains" 1 September 2018 9 September 2018
Online platforms and working conditions in live music Hans Boeckler Foundation 1 September 2017 1 September 2018
Innovate UK: Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Southerns Office Interiors (Yorkshire) Limited Innovate UK 13 May 2015 13 March 2018
Examining the role of the diaspora in fostering entrepreneurship and institutional change The Leverhulme Trust 1 January 2016 1 January 2018
Migration, equality and social cohesion: promoting inter-community dialogue in times of change 1 November 2016 1 January 2018
Delivering digital drugs 1 January 2014 31 December 2017
Employer engagement in active labour market programmes 1 February 2014 1 December 2017
EU Horizon 2020 IMPACT Project - Impact of Cultural Aspects in the Management of Emergencies in Public Transport Horizon 2020 1 May 2015 1 October 2017
Seminar Series on Food Options, Opinions and Decisions (FOOD): Integrating perspectives on consumer perceptions of food safety, nutrition and waste Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 20 January 2015 12 September 2017
Improving decision-making competence and associated quality of life across the lifespan Marie Curie 1 September 2013 31 August 2017
Embedding design structures in engineering information Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 1 October 2015 1 June 2017
Forging a Future for the British Steel Industry 2016 1 February 2017
FESSUD 1 December 2011 30 November 2016
Designing Evidence-Based Communication for Elderly Consumers in Financial Distress Marie Curie 1 January 2014 31 December 2015
Green Supply Chain Integration Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 June 2012 31 May 2015
EU social rights/ internal market law The European Parliament 1 September 2014 1 May 2015
Solutions for Future Organisational Needs of Rolls-Royce Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Rolls-Royce Plc 1 February 2012 1 December 2014
The impact of the national minimum wage on the earnings, hours and work of domiciliary workers 1 April 2012 1 October 2012
Women transport workers and the crisis 1 January 2012 1 July 2012
The state of the Yorkshire economy 1 January 2011 1 July 2011
Migration Worker Project: The experiences of migrants in Barnsley 1 December 2009 1 September 2010
A comparative study of non-standard employment 1 June 2009 1 March 2010
Learning in Partnership: Responding to the Restructuring of the European Steel and Metal Sectors 1 September 2001 1 June 2005
Qualitative Evaluation of ACAS Advisory Project Work 1 May 2004 1 January 2005
Examination of the social and economic impact of steel redundancies in Wales 1 December 2002 1 December 2003
Analysis of blueprint for business success 1 May 2003 1 July 2003
Business Finance Forecasting & Policy Modelling (BEIS) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) April 2022 January 2023
Understanding how constraints on access to finance and under-investment impact on productivity growth in smaller firms Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) July 2022 June 2025
Gaining value from digital technology
Mainstreaming Assistive Living Technologies (MALT) 2011 2014
Understanding public perceptions of and responses to heat waves: A behavioural decision research approach Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Measuring Consumers’ Inflation Expectations
Enhancing strategy and decision making in financial services
ACROPOLIS 2010 2013
Kent police systems
Questionnaire design
Questionnaire design
Measuring and improving employee engagement and wellbeing within a UK public-sector organisation
The development of an instrument for assessing the quality of human capital in medium sized enterprises
Social prescribing: Moving the agenda forward
Social entrepreneurship
Job market readiness
Developing leadership in girls
Employee physiology and workplace outcomes
Job crafting
The regulation of irregular workers in the new japan 1 December 2009
Encouraging workplace dialogue on training and skills – Case studies
E-Skills funding in Europe
Conceptualising contemporary professions Economic and Social and Humanities Research Council (ESRC)
Collective learning fund pilot evaluation phase 1 2007
Project nomad mobile data evaluation tool
Policing, information and technology in the UK 2016 2017
Police mobile technology: benefits realisation
Mobile information survey 2016 2017
Mobile data terminal (MDT) evaluation in Islington 2006
Innovation in UK police forces 2008
Immersive reflective experience-based adaptive learning (ImREAL) 2010 2013
Hospital electronic prescribing and medicine management
Helping the emergency services utilise mobile technologies
Future trends in command and control
Fire control information management project
Evaluating mobile data systems in policing
Delphi: Technology and transformation: Barriers and enablers 2017
Case study: Technology and performance management in UK policing
FDI and economic integration in europe and North America
Emerging market global players
Barriers to and policy issues arising from FDI in China
Evaluation of collective learning fund: phase 2
The social protection of workers in the platform economy The European Parliament 2017
The regulation of irregular workers in the new japan June 2009 September 2010
The business case for diversity
Restructuring, redundancy and sustainable employment: the challenges of the contemporary economic crisis
Raising the demand for learning
Postgraduate research projects - Impact of sustainable procurement: complexity introduced and how companies build the capabilities to overcome it
Ethnography and International Business
FDI by Chinese Firms Major topics: Motivation for Chinese investment abroad (PJB, ARC)
International Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
Productivity, Innovation and MNEs (MK, PJB, LJC)
The Local Economy
Knowledge Management in Multinational Enterprises
International Mergers and Acquisitions
India - China FDI comparisons
Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe
Strategy of MNES
Property Rights Issues in China Major topic: Intellectual property issues and FDI (LJC, ARC).
Technology transfer and reform in Chinese State owned Enterprises (LJC, PJB).
Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Reform of the Domestic Sector
Knowledge transfer and management in Chinese multinationals (PJB, MJC, LJC).
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in China Major topics: Spillover effects from inward foreign direct investment (FDI) (PJB, LJC)
Postgraduate research projects - How do firms produce, transform and exploit supply chain knowledge to achieve process innovation?
Investigation of Trade Union Learning Representative initiative
Postgraduate research projects - Unravelling employee engagement for environmentally sustainable supply chains
Postgraduate research projects - Capabilities to mitigate disruptions from natural disasters
Postgraduate Research Project - Triggers of supplier development initiatives in dynamic buyer-supplier relationships: A supplier’s perspective
Building Future Smart and Self Organising Cities with Resilient Communities
Zooniverse Project - Volunteer Participation and Engagement in Crowdsourcing Projects
Managing Emergent Technologies for Economic and Social Impact (ManETEI)
Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC)
Advice behaviours: A social network approach Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Rolls-Royce Plc
Energy Efficient Behaviour Change in Schools
Investigating job crafting from a prosocial perspective
Young precarious workers in Poland and Germany: a comparative sociological study on working and living conditions, social consciousness and civic engagement
Informal Networks and the Representation of Workers’ Interests Economic and Social and Humanities Research Council (ESRC) 2004 2006
Good Employment Relations in the UK offshore oil industry 2004
An Impact study on relocation, restructuring and the viability of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: The impact on employment, working conditions and regional development The European Parliament 2006
Review of on-the-job learning methodologies
Employment relations in UK finance sector 2007
Union learning in the Yorkshire region 2007
Learning through Work
Modern Union Representatives: Case Studies Research
Evaluation of Unionlearn and the Union Learning Fund
Organising and case work in the NUT
Engaging communities and building social capital 2010
Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales
Housing is a mental health issue 2016 2017
Worldwide Interoperability Microwave System for Next-Generation Wireless Communications (WiMAGIC)
Multiple Agency Information Sharing (MAIS)
Social media
Mobile technology in front line policing
Sustainability, net-zero, and the green economy
Employer survey: responses to labour market changes in the context of post-Brexit migration and Covid-19