Our departments

The following is a list of potential research areas that departments are particularly interested in supervising:

The Department of Business Information Management and Operation (BIMO) particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on the following topics:

  • Digital business research focuses on digital technologies and their business applications on business models, operational processes, stakeholder communications and engagement. The research in the area includes e-business, decision making and support systems and social innovation.
  • Information management focuses on the organisational application of information and communication technologies. It includes emerging digital technologies, social media, information modelling, knowledge management, technology and innovation management.
  • Operations management focuses on the design and control of production and the redesign of business operations to achieve high efficiency, maximising profit. The research in the area includes supply chain management, performance management, lean manufacturing, operations strategy and operational complexity.
  • Project management is the application of processes, methods, expertise and knowledge in realising a project’s objectives. Our research in this area includes complexity and risk.

In addition, the following is a list of potential research areas that BIMO department is particularly interested in supervising:

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Performance Management and Digital Business
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Industrial Systems Modelling/Simulation
  • Operational Complexity
  • Lean Manufacturing/Supply Chains
  • Web Information Modelling and Retrieval
  • Web Information and Knowledge Management
  • Social Media
  • Cloud Computing and Emerging Web Technologies
  • Social Media
  • Digital Innovation
  • Social Networks and Virtual Communities
  • Information System Implementation and Socio-Technical Considerations of Technology Adoption
  • Visualisation and Modelling of Business Processes
  • Business Knowledge and Business Decisions
  • E-Business and E-Government
  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Management
  • Social Enterprises
  • Organisational Capabilities

The Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on the following topics:

  1. Evaluation in education and labour economics
    The Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on the use of quantitative techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of policy measures/reforms in the areas of education and labour.
  2. The impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on wages, working conditions, and knowledge transfer in low or middle income countries
    There is an ongoing and often contradictory debate surrounding the contribution of FDI to the economies of low and middle income countries. This usually covers a variety of dimensions, including the impact that FDI has on wages and working conditions of host countries, and the FDI potential for knowledge transfer. The debate is often divided between the media and anti-sweatshop campaign message, pointing to a largely negative role of Multinational Corporations and FDI, and the academic literature which aims to contextualise the impact of FDI and explore its various dynamics. The Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on examining how the impact of FDI changes depending on a variety of factors and dimensions such as the sector where FDI operates, the technology content of said FDI, the low/middle income country or region hosting FDI, and the country or region the FDI originates from.
  3. The empirical analysis of regional and national business cycles
    The Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on the use of standard and non-standard statistical methods to identify the underlying structure of macroeconomic fluctuations and the degree of short run and long run co-movement in regional, national and international fluctuations.  
  4. The role of transportation in local economic development in the UK
    Transportation improvement is a key tool in regional policy, helping to promote a more balanced distribution of industrial activity, employment and wealth between the different regions in a country. This topic is of increasing relevance to policy in the UK, with the move to more devolution towards regions and cities and with Brexit when the local government must step in to replace EU transportation investment into regions. There are exciting opportunities for doctoral researchers with good econometric skills to analyse large UK databases on transportation investment, workers and firms in order to assess the various impacts of transportation on local labour market outcomes or firm performance.
  5. Economic uncertainty
    Research projects on the impact of economic uncertainty and economic policy uncertainty on the UK and European economies especially on the aftermath of Brexit. Methodologies on measurement and indices.  Spillovers and policy implications.
  6. Income and Wealth Inequality
    Research projects on the implications of monetary and fiscal policies on inequality are welcome. The role of economic growth and financial markets on inequality is also of interest.

In addition, the following is a list of potential research areas that EQM department is particularly interested in supervising:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Urban Economics
  • Entrepreneurship (Quantitative)
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Emerging Economies and Monetary Policy
  • Regional Economics
  • Employment and Education Economics (Micro Econometric Methods)
  • Labour Economics
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Innovation Economics
  • Organisational Economics
  • Econometric Methodology
  • Econometric Theory Financial Econometrics
  • Volatility
  • Long-Memory Time Series
  • Semi-Nonparametric and Continuous-Time Methods
  • Inflation Regimes and Persistence and Phillips Curve Models
  • Inequality
  • Poverty and Microfinance in Mena Countries
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • External Debt Management
  • Budget Deficit Financing
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Development Policy Management
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Global Value Chain Analysis
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Contagion and Spillovers
  • Private Equity and Hedge Funds
  • Performance Measurement and Assessment Of Smart Beta and Alpha Funds
  • Capital Structure
  • Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance Law
  • Corporate Law and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Auditing
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Monetary Policy
  • Pensions
  • Commodity and Maritime Economics
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Interest Rate Modelling
  • Continuous Time
  • Econometrics
  • Theories Of Corporate Governance

The Department of Human Resource Management particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on the following topics:

Diversity management

Interest in studies focusing on diversity at the workplace, organisational diversity management, equality, inclusion, intersectionality and diversity in male dominated environments such as STEMM, in UK and European contexts.

Employment relations

Interest in studies on employee relations in general, trade unionism, conflict management, organisational justice, in a global context.

International and comparative HRM

Interest in studies focusing of HRM functions in international or comparative contexts, particularly talent management, performance management, management development and expatriate management.

Vocational education and training for low energy construction

That building envelopes rarely meet their design intent in terms of energy efficiency is well documented. This failure in performance has multi-disciplinary implications for professional and vocational education and training (VET), contracts of employment, payment systems and site conditions. We therefore propose PhD studies to explore appropriate VET provision for low energy construction and the impact of training, working conditions, teamwork and thermal literacy on the quality of building performance

Climate Change and Work

Following the partnership with York University, Toronto, Canada, ProBE is gaining increasing expertise and recognition in the area of climate change and work, in particular in relation to the role of trade unions and the strategies required for a just transition, locally, regionally, sectorally, nationally and globally. Given the importance of labour as an agent of change, detailed studies of interventions in relation to climate change and work where trade unions have played an important role provide important insights into how a just green transition can be achieved. Future research also needs to investigate the disparate green transitions paths in the construction sector in relation to industry structure and dynamics as well as national legislative, policy and economic contexts, encompassing the role played by the multitude of agents and organisations involved.

In addition, the following is a list of potential research areas that HRM department is particularly interested in supervising

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Diversity in Science and Innovation in Agriculture
  • Organisation Behaviour
  • Gender
  • Human Resource Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Reward Management
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Sector
  • European Employment Relations
  • Labour
  • Comparative Employee Relations
  • Trade Unionism
  • HRM and pedagogy
  • Organisation Development
  • Leadership In Practice
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Special Interest In Naval/Maritime Sectors
  • Emergent Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Communication
  • Higher Education and Pedagogic Studies
  • Relationships At Work
  • Relational Model Of Leadership
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Holistic Psychology
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Training and Development
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Leadership and Spirituality
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Leadership and National Culture
  • Embodied Leadership
  • Professional Learning,
  • Leadership and Change Management In Health and Social Care
  • Philosophy and Education
  • Creative Industries

The Department of Marketing and Business Strategy (MBS) particularly welcomes applicants who would like to focus their thesis on the following topics:

  • Branding: Interest in consumer and corporate-level studies that focus on the effects of advertising, consumer-brand relationships, creativity, design, gender, luxury consumption and social media.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Interest in managing creativity and innovation across individual, team and organizational levels. Studies also explore radical innovation and regional innovation systems.
  • Education management: Interest in management and student learning, as well as education management.
  • Entrepreneurship: Interest in this area ranges from entrepreneurial intentions and entrepreneurial marketing to ethnic minority entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer, rural studies and social entrepreneurship.
  • Internal marketing and servitization: Interest in internal marketing initiatives and their performance outcomes, as well as in studies that examine servitization.
  • Strategy: Interest in business policy, business capabilities and firm performance, managerial discretion, public sector management, trust and sustainability.
  • Tourism and hospitality management: Interest in studies on tourism, as well as hospitality marketing and management.

In addition, the following is a list of potential research areas that MBS department is interested in supervising

  • Strategic Management SMEs
  • Middle Managers
  • Complexity/Chaos Theory
  • Design Management
  • Creative and Cultural Industries Management
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Strategic Management In General
  • Critical Realist Methodology
  • Consumer Trends
  • Family Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Tourism
  • Pets
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing & Society
  • Public Policy
  • Social Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Risk
  • Creativity
  • Institutional Embeddedness
  • Legitimacy
  • Professional Services and Image
  • Social Media/ Big Data Influences and Implications
  • Online Communication
  • Strategies
  • Text-Mining
  • E-Commerce
  • Consumer Behaviour/Methodological Issues