School of Business and Economics


Current and recent research projects

Current Research Projects at the SBE 
In order of completion date 

Project Title: TECHNGI (Technology Driven Change and Next Generation Insurance Value Chains)
Project Date: December 2018 - March 2021
Principal Investigator: Professor Alistair Milne and Professor Chris Holland
Project Value: £996,073
Sponsor: The Economic and Social Research Council' (ESRC)

Project Title: 'ESRC-DFID growth research programme' 
Project Date: 01 March 2016 - 29 February 2020
Principal Investigator: Professor Christopher Green
Project Value: £192,819.99
Sponsor: The Economic and Social Research Council'


Project Title: 'Advanced analytics for green and resilient supply chain decision making'
Project Date: 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2020
Principal Investigator: Dr Alok Choudhary 
Project Value: £117,485.13
Sponsor: The British Council


Project Title: ''NESTORE: Non-intrusive Empowering Solutions and Technologies for Older people to Retain Everyday life activity"
Project Date: 01 September 2017 - 01 September 2020
Co-Investigators: Dr Martin Sykora and Professor Tom Jackson
Project Value: €4,977,000 (to SBE €173,125)
Sponsor: EU Horizon 2020


Project Title: 'Future connected smart manufacturing platform'
Project Date: 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2022
Principal Investigator: Andrew West
Co-Investigator: Professor Tom Jackson
Project Value: £34,649.60
Sponsor: EPSRC

Completed Research Projects

Project Title: 'An ethonomethodological/conversation analytic study of evidence-based decision making'
Project Date: 01 April 2016 – 31 March 2019
Principal Investigator: Professor L. Alberto Franco
Project Value: £27,001
Sponsor: Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL)


Project Title: ‘TOXI-Triage’
Project Date: 01 September 2015 – 30 August 2019
Principal Investigator: Professor C. L. Paul Thomas
Co-Investigator: Professor Tom Jackson
Project value: £9,972,094 (£374,885 to the SBE)
Sponsor: H2020 (European Commission)


Project Title'An ethnomethodological/conversation analytic study of evidence-based decision making' (studentship)
Project Date: 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2018
Principal Investigator: Professor L. Alberto Franco
Project Value: £27,000
Sponsor: DSTL


Project Title: 'LGBT in construction: Exploring experiences to inform inclusive practices
Project Date: 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2018
Principal Investigator: Dr Sarah Barnard
Project Value: £9,969.89
Sponsor: The Chartered Institute of Building 


Project Title: ‘EU-India research and innovation partnership for efficient and sustainable freight transportation (REINVEST)’
Project Date: 01 April 2015 – 30 November 2018
Principal Investigator: Dr Alok Choudhary
Project Value: £42,848
Sponsor: European Commission


Project Title: 'Brexit diplomacy: Building a strategic negotiations framework for UK-EU relations' 
Project Date: 01 April 2017 - 30 September 2018
Co-Investigators: Dr Elena Georgiadou and Helen Drake (Loughborough University)
Project Value: £27,997.60
Sponsor: The Economic and Social Research Council 


Project Title: ‘Robust lifestyle design and health monitoring for fuel-cell extended performance (RESILIENCE)’
Project date: 01 June 2013 – June 2018
Principal Investigator: Dr L Bartlett, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University
Co-Investigators: Professor Tom Jackson and Professor J Andrews (University of Nottingham)
Project value: £909,687
Sponsor: EPSRC

Project Overview:
RESILIENCE aims to improve the current real-world environment durability levels, hence improving the performance criteria, through:

  • Understanding of the state of the cell/stack;
  • Dealing with data currently obtained in an informed manner;
  • Support and decision making ability through the lifecycle to optimise performance.

From RESILIENCE, an optimal integrated fuel cell system design will be developed, which encompasses an intelligent health monitoring capability for maximised lifecycle performance. This will be achieved within a real-time dynamic and adaptive intelligent lifecycle infrastructure yielding the increased optimised performance of cells (e.g. self: -monitoring, -adapting, -optimising and -protecting). Providing an intelligent information infrastructure leading to smarter, optimised cells will require leading edge research to semantically model relationships between the cell and environment data coupled with the necessity of performance techniques which enables systems to be optimally designed for reliability, with an intelligent diagnostic and prognostic capability.

The Resilience website:


Project Title: 'Risk, regulation and the sustainable supply of credit through P2P lending platforms: A comparative study of the UK and Australia.'
Project Date: 02 January 2017 - 01 May 2018
Principal Investigator: Professor Alistair Milne 
Project Value: £5316.99
Sponsor: British Academy


Project Title: 'STRESSCAPES: Integrating social media, geospatial information, and sentiment analysis for the analysis of emotional stress in urban environment'
Project Date: 01 March 2014 - 31 March 2018
Co-Investigators: Dr Martin Sykora and Professor Tom Jackson
Project Value: £110,408
Sponsor: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)


Project Overview:
This project builds on expertise with the real-time EMOTIVE social media advanced sentiment analysis system and develops a new semantic model (ontology) to now model emotional and acute stress, as expressed in natural language. This is a validation study in which acute emotional stress in real-life situations as expressed on social-media across urban environments will be evaluated for the first time, against real/measured perceptions of acute and chronic stress. The Canadian partners on this project have extensive experience in the geo-computation, health sciences and psychology areas. It is hoped this work may result in applications within urban planning, smart cities and transport.


Project Title: ‘Adaptive informatics for intelligent manufacturing (AI2M)’
Project Date: 01 January 2013 – 31 January 2018
Principal Investigator: Andrew West
Co-investigator: Professor Tom Jackson
Project Value: £1,934,799 (split between schools; SBE value: £425,372)
Sponsor: EPSRC

Project Overview:
This EPSRC-funded project is an interdepartmental, collaborative study at Loughborough University. The research team’s primary objective is to develop a cross-sector, on-demand, intelligent product lifecycle service system for increased yield for products and processes – to eradicate inefficient supply chain integration and the lack of knowledge on product usage throughout design, development and operational lifecycles. The outcome of this project is expected to have impact across a diverse range of industrial sectors, notably manufacturing and service. 


Project Title'Energy transactions for the non-traditional services' 
Project Date: 01 May 2017 - 31 January 2018 
Principal Investigator: Professor Monica Giulietti
Project Value: £37,426.41
Sponsor: EPSRC


Project Title: ‘Future digital materials’
Project Date: 03 September 2014 – 01 January 2018
Co-Investigator: Professor Tom Jackson
Project Value: £120,000
Sponsor: BMW

Project Overview:
Loughborough University has signed a contract to provide BMW Group with a pioneering three-year research study exploring how humans interface with their cars. The partnership will bring together skills from within the School of Business and Economics to create a new interdisciplinary laboratory on campus with plans to bring in researchers from other schools, including Materials Engineering, Design and Chemistry. The research team will be led by Dr Mashhuda Glencross who is a member of the Centre for Information Management (CIM) and whose expertise is in virtual reality systems.


Project Title: ‘Finance transformation: New organisational forms’
Project Date: 01 September 2014 – 01 January 2018
Principal Investigator: Dr Ian Herbert
Project Value: £162,000 
Sponsor: CIMA


Project Title: 'Business school typologies: Industry recipes and drivers of performance'
Project Date: 01 April 2017 - 31 December 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Wilson
Co-Investigator: Dr Boyka Simeonova
Project Value: £4,979.73
Sponsor: The Chartered Association of Business Schools 


Project Title: 'Models for vehicle sharing with CO2 reduction'
Project Date: 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
Principal Investigator: Professor Jiyin Liu
Project Value: £26,539.07
Sponsor: British Telecom


Project Title:  'Open access megajournals and the futurer of sacholarly communication'
Project Date: November 2015 - December 2017
Co-Investigators: Stephen Pinfield (University of Sheffield), Peter Willett (University of Sheffield), Dr Claire Creaser (retired, SBE) and Jenny Fry (School of English & Drama)
Project Value: £226,000 
Sponsor/Funding Organisation: AHRC

Project Overview: ‘Mega-journals’ represent a radical and (potentially disruptive) departure from traditional journal publishing. Understanding their significance and the role they play in the publishing market and research community is therefore important. This project aims to analyse the characteristics of open-access mega-journals and evaluate their significance both within and beyond the academic research community.

What distinguishes mega-journals from other open-access journals is their innovative approach to scope and quality. Their scope is unprecedentedly wide: PLOS ONE and Nature Scientific Reports, two major mega-journals, publish articles across the entire fields of science and medicine. Their approach to quality is based on an assessment of ‘technical soundness’, ignoring traditionally-valued criteria such as ‘importance’ and ‘interest’. Crucially, these are addressed after publication through sophisticated machine-generated metrics on article use and citation. Thus mega-journals completely reverse the trend of increasing specialisation in scholarly publishing over the last 40 years by creating massive openly-available databases of multi-disciplinary research content.

The potential influence of mega-journals on scholarship itself is also significant. They ostensibly deemphasise the role of ‘gatekeepers’ such as academic editors, editorial board members and peer reviewers who traditionally act as arbiters of disciplinary ‘importance’ and community ‘interest’. Mega-journals also, it has been claimed, have the potential to enhance the ability of scholarly publications to move across boundaries – disciplinary boundaries and also those between academia and the rest of society. Finally, they seem to contribute to an increasing trend of metrics-driven assessment of research.

These issues will be discussed using both quantitative and qualitative methods working with publishers, academics, librarians, policymakers and other key stakeholders. Find out more at


Project Title: ‘Making the zero-carbon standard home: Understanding project-firm innovation in UK house building’
Project Date: 01 April 2015 – 30 November 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Daniel Sage
Project Value: £176,064 split with Civil Engineering (£161,852 to SBE)
Sponsor: ESRC via University of Reading


Project Title: 'Digital 101: Crime reporting and social media'
Project Date: 11 October 2016 - 10 October 2017
Co-Investigators: Dr Joao Oliveira and Dr Martin Sykora
Project Value: £44,334
Sponsor: Metropolitan Police Service London


Project Title: 'Discharging democratic accountability: The role of strategy and performance information in Health and Wellbeing Boards'
Project Date: 01 September 2016 – 31 September 2017
Co-Investigator: Dr Suzana Grubnic
Project Value: £4,925
Sponsor: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


Project Title: ‘Evaluation of the impact of pre-competitive open innovation on knowledge brokers and knowledge producers (a studentship)’
Project Date: 01 October 2014 – 30 September 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Gillian Ragsdell
Project Value: £10,000
Sponsor: ETI (Energy Technologies Institute)


Project Title: 'When does job insecurity threaten our identity? Expansion of a theoretical perspective.' 
Project Date: 01 September 2016 - 30 September 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Eva Selenko
Project Value: £7,255.01
Sponsor: British Academy


Project Title: 'Understanding organisational agility: The role of information technology (IT) capability'
Project Date: 30 September 2016 - 29 September 2017 
Principal Investigator: Dr Crispin Coombs
Project Value: £6917.00
Sponsor - British Academy 


Project Title: 'Developing an agenda for Fintech research in emerging economies' 
Project Date: 1 February 2017 - 31st July 2017
Principal Investigator: Professor M.N. Ravishankar 
Project Value: £30,410.00
Sponsor: The British Council 


Project Title: 'Inequality averse resource allocation'
Project Date: 12 June 2017 - 11 July 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Nikolaos Argyris 
Project Value: £1490.00
Sponsor: The British Council 


Project Title: 'The SIMTEGR8 project Using facilitated modelling to evaluate integrated health and social care services – phase 2'
Project Date: 2 August 2016 – 2 April 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Antuela Tako
Co-investigator: Professor Stewart Robinson
Project Value: £18,000 (FEC £53,000)
Sponsor: Leicestershire County Council/Leicestershire Better Care Fund

Project Overview: The project aim was to test the impact and effectiveness of four integrated care services in the Leicestershire area: (The Clinical Decisions Unit at Glenfield hospital admissions avoidance scheme for cardio/respiratory patients, Lightbulb housing support service, Help to Live at Home Service, The intensive community support (ICS beds) scheme) which aim to reduce emergency hospital admissions of old and frail people. The project used facilitated workshops to help the health and social care services in Leicestershire improve their services.

For more information please visit the project web pages following link:  


Project Title: ‘SME information management benefits framework’
Project Date: 01 April 2014 – 31 March 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Crispin Coombs
Project Value: £31,600
Sponsor: Guidance Navigation Limited

Project Overview:
Guidance Navigation Ltd and Loughborough University are co-funding a PhD student, embedded at Guidance Navigation Ltd, supporting the development of new business process modelling techniques combined with a strategic benefits management framework for long-term exploitation of information management-based benefits. The project adopts an action research approach to provide timely insights and recommendations for improvements in work processes and practices at Guidance Navigation Ltd.


Project Title: 'Surviving and thriving in a digital age: Mental health signals on social media and email'
Project Date: 01 September 2016 - 31 March 2017
Co-Investigators: Dr Martin Sykora
Project Value: £26,312
Sponsor: EPSRC / LU Institutional Sponsorship


Project Title: 'Co-creation and the casualization of sport and fitness participation: Does neoliberalism produce solutions to social inclusion and public well-being?'
Project Date: 01 April 2016 – 31 March 2017
Principal Investigator: Prof Paul Downward (SSEHS)
Co-Investigator: Dr Ian Hodgkinson
Project Value: £8,465
Sponsor: British Academy/Leverhulme

Project Overview:
Sport and fitness participation has never been more important, with inactivity costing the NHS £1.2bn each year (BBC News, April 2017). Within the sport delivery system, neoliberalism has spurred collaboration between the public, private and voluntary sectors in the management of facilities in the UK. Such a neoliberalist perspective on partnership has created significantly new modes of public sector delivery, as well as increasing private-sector development of fitness chains working across a variety of market segments with new business models e.g., Pure Gym, easy Gym, etc.

Simultaneous cuts in public welfare spending in an era of austerity suggest the potential for greater social costs stemming from reductions in social inclusion and well-being. For instances, as a non-statutory public service sport is facing severe budget cuts in an era in which commercial provision is growing. This research project examines:

  • The impact of public/private sport and fitness providers’ on their facility users behaviour;
  • The consequent impact on users’ social well-being;
  • The role of co-creation and casualization in sport delivery across the public/private divide.

In collaboration with the County Sport Partnership Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport (LRS), interviews were conducted across the sport delivery system with key agents at the macro-level (e.g., Area Managers); the meso-level (e.g., Facility Managers); and the micro-level (Participants).

Preliminary findings suggest that the form sport and fitness provision takes, whether that be a public sector facility or a private sector facility, is far less relevant that the actual features of that provision. In other words, policy decisions about the delivery of sport and fitness participation opportunities should not be concerned with who delivers such opportunities, but what they deliver. Identifying specific facility features that contribute to social inclusion and public well-being, this research will inform future decision-making on where investments for sport participation should be made.


Project Title: ‘International marketing performance implications of emerging market firms’ global marketing strategies’
Project Date: 01 March 2016 – 28 Feb 2017
Principal Investigator: Professor John Cadogan
Co-Investigators: Dr Joao OliveiraDr Ian HodgkinsonProfessor Vicky Story
Project Value: £4,866
Sponsor: The British Academy


Project Title: ‘ISS-EWATUS - Integrated support system for efficient water usage and resources management’
Project Date: 01 February 2014 – 31 January 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr Lili Yang
Project Value: £218,896
Sponsor: European Commission


Project Title: 'Service innovation in emerging markets'
Project Date: 01 July 2016 – 31 December 2016
Principal Investigator: Professor Vicky Story
Project Value: £8,277
Sponsor: The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS)


Project Title: ‘NEXt generation sustaInable freight transportation (NEX-GIFT)’
Project Date: 01 April 2015 – 31 December 2016
Principal Investigator: Dr Alok Choudhary
Project Value: £8,030 
Sponsor: The British Council

Project Overview: 
NEX-GIFT is a project that is looking at the area of freight transportation and ways in which freight movement can be ensured as a long-term, sustainable option.


Project Title: ‘African universities’ research approaches programme (AURA)’
Project Date: 01 November 2014 – December 2016
Principal Investigator: Professor Mark Hepworth (formerly at the SBE)
Project Value: £2,000,000 (£151,670 to the SBE)
Sponsor: DfID via Institute of Development Studies

Project Overview:
The African Universities’ Research Approaches programme (AURA), funded by UK Aid and led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in partnership with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) and Prof Mark Hepworth at the Centre for Information Management (CIM) will work with up to nine universities in Sub-Saharan Africa to enrich the research and teaching practices of academics working in health, agriculture and the environment. AURA’s overarching aim is to address the continent-wide goals of supporting universities to transform Africa through investments in people-centred innovations that will bring about economic prosperity and democratic and responsive governance. Click here for the AURA website.


Project Title: ‘Towards more autonomy for unmanned vehicles: Situational awareness and decision making under uncertainty’
Project Date: March 2012 – December 2016
Principal Investigator: Dr Wen-Hua Chen
Co-investigators: Professor Baibing Li
Sponsor: EPSRC

Project Overview:
Intelligent autonomous vehicles operate in a dynamic, unpredictable environment with incomplete (or inaccurate) sensory information, which creates many challenges in situational  awareness and decision making. This EPRSC-funded research project aims to address these challenges and is partially supported by several industry partners, with BAE Systems as the leading industrial partner.

This research area is part of Loughborough University’s research challenges, as well as one of the seven themes of the UK’s CATAPULT programme. In recent years, it has attracted a large number of researchers in both the academia and industry (including, for example, almost all the major automotive manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, and Volvo). 


Project Title: ‘Glendonbrook studentship’
Project Date: October 2013 – September 2016
Principal Investigator: Dr Daniel Sage
Project Value: £54,889
Sponsor: Lord Glendonbrook


Project Title: 'Reviews of literature on human capital theory, measurement and reporting'
Project Date: 04 May 2016 – 29 July 2016
Principal Investigators: Prof Andy Charlwood and Dr Clive Trusson
Project Value: £24,247
Sponsor: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)


Project Title: 'The use of archives for business anniversary celebrations: A lasting legacy'
Project Date: 01 February 2016 – 30 April 2016
Principal Investigator: Dr Clare Ravenwood
Project Value: £18,735
Sponsor: 10th Anniversary AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund


Project Title: 'Critical evaluation of sentiment analysis: Humour, sarcasm and irony on social media'
Project Date: 01 February 2016 - 15 April 2016
Co-Investigators: Dr Martin Sykora, Dr Suzanne Elayan and Professor Tom Jackson
Project Value: £20,904
Sponsor: DHCSTC / DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)


Project Title: ‘Engineering knowledge management: Adding value to the energy (Industrial Secondment Scheme)’
Project Date: 02 March 2015 – 29 February 2016
Principal Investigator: Dr Gillian Ragsdell
Project Value: £30,000
Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering


Project Title: ‘Evaluation of interventions and the application of rapid modelling techniques to support the development of patient centric integrated services’
Project Date: 01 April 2015 – 30 September 2015
Co-investigator: Professor Stewart Robinson
Project Value: £51,898 
Sponsor: EPSRC/IAA


Project Title: ‘Is OR in UK universities fit-for-purpose for the developing field of analytics?’
Project Date: 01 October 2012 – 30 September 2015
Co-Investigator: Professor Stewart Robinson
Project Value: £31,020
Sponsor: The OR Society


Project Title: ‘The use of simulation models to support business decision making’
Project Date: 01 September 2012 – 31 August 2015
Principal Investigator: Dr Antuela Tako
Project Value: £3,000
Sponsor: SIMUL8 Corporation


Project Title: ‘Thriving at 55+’
Project Date: 03 April 2014 – 02 June 2015
Principal Investigator: Dr Stanimira Taneva
Co-Investigator: Professor John Arnold
Project Value: £107,726
Sponsor: European Commission

Project Overview:
Thriving at 55+ is a two-year research programme (2013 – 2015) aiming to investigate how workers can continue to thrive and make a good contribution in late career. The research objectives are focused on the features of work and work environment that older workers find important for their well-being and work performance as well as on the personal and organisational strategies that are most effective in managing late career. The study combines qualitative and quantitative research methods and is implemented simultaneously in two EU countries (United Kingdom and Bulgaria) and two sectors (health and IT). It is funded by the European Commission under its Marie Curie Fellowship (IEF) scheme.


Project Title: 'SME and micro-organisations' engagement with occupational safety and health’
Project Date: 01 March 2013 – 31 March 2015
Principal Investigator: Professor Alistair Cheyne
Project Value: £195,083 
Sponsor: IOSH


Project Title: 'Common standards in financial services’
Project Date: 01 February 2014 – 31 January 2015
Principal Investigator: Professor Alistair Milne
Project Value: £25,000
Sponsor: Government Office for Science


Project Title: 'Evaluating the resilience of critical infrastructure for emergency response to extreme flood events in Leicester City'
Project Date: 27 October 2014 – 31 January 2015
Principal Investigator: Dr Lili Yang
Sponsor: NERC