Research topics

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At Leeds University Business School we have identified a number of topics, across our six departments that we would particularly welcome applications for PhD study.

Research areas do not have specific funding attached to them, although the areas can be incorporated into a scholarship application. For details of available scholarships, please visit our fees and scholarships page. 

In addition to the research themes below, you could also suggest your own topic, but you must ensure that you closely locate your research within Leeds University Business School.

Accounting and Finance

  • Credit Management
  • Banking and Investment
  • Pensions and Employee Benefits
  • Historical Perspectives in Accounting & Finance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Asset Pricing Models and Financial Markets
  • Market Based Accounting and Decision Making
  • Organisations: Ownership, Governance and Performance

Find out more about our Accounting and Finance research area


  • Work, labour and organisation
  • Financialisation and globalisation
  • Development and wellbeing
  • Environment, infrastructure, innovation and the circular economy
  • The macro economy and macroeconomic policy

Find out more about our Economics research area

International Business

  • The Global Factory in the World Economy - tests of the conceptual structure
  • Foreign direct investment in China - strategies and impact
  • Foreign direct investment in India - opportunities and constraints
  • Testing international business theory to explain patterns of outward foreign direct investment from emerging countries
  • The internationalisation of developing country firms, especially Chinese and Indian multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Issues of economic development and the role of the private sector in reducing poverty
  • The impact of home country incentives on the internationalisation of firms and the mediating role of institutions on international business activity
  • International mergers and acquisitions
  • The role of R&D internationalisation in explaining performance outcomes
  • The determinants of innovation performance in developing economies
  • Open innovation in the global economy: Exploiting the scientific knowledge of others
  • The role of technology and R&D management practices in enhancing performance
  • The protection and management of intellectual property and other intangible assets across national borders
  • The impact of climate change on international business strategies
  • The role of international business and sustainable development
  • Geographic areas of interest: European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, the BRICs (Brazil, Russia and China) and other emerging markets
  • Supranational organisations, country alliances and international trade and investment

Find out more about our International Business research area


  • Organisational strategy
  • Information Management
  • Learning and change
  • Human information processing
  • Decision making
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership and performance
  • Technology and innovation

Find out more about our Management research area


  • Consumer buying behaviour
  • Analysis of consumer heterogeneous preferences and discrete choice analysis
  • Retailing and store choice analysis
  • Branding and brand equity
  • Formulating and implementing sustainability marketing strategies: Bridging the gap
  • Marketing strategy making
  • Emergent marketing strategy and decision making in marketing organizations
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Green marketing and advertising
  • Business ethics
  • International marketing
  • Cross cultural buyer-seller relationships
  • Export marketing strategy and performance
  • Sustainable strategies of multinational corporations
  • Standardisation/adaptation of international service offerings
  • International marketing process standardisation/adaptation

Find out more about our Marketing research area

Work and Employment Relations

  • Between Professions and Precarity: the New World of Work
  • Changing Structures of Governance and Organisation
  • Employment, Skills and Occupations
  • Labour Mobility, Migration and Citizenship
  • Markets, Flexibilisation and Social Protection
  • Voice, Representation and Social Movement

Find out more about our Work and Employment Relations research area