We have a proven record in collaborating with those outside of academia.
Explore some of our impact projects
Implications of our digital lives
Is it right for governments to ban out of hours email? Do we need help and support to retain a work/life balance in our digital lives? These are some of the questions that Professor Gillian Symon and colleagues are pondering and answering in their @digitalbrainswitch research project. Gilliam is a lecturer and researcher in Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management.
The Digital Brain Switch project aims to investigate how mobile and digital technologies affect our ability to manage transitions across work life boundaries. The research has raised new issues for consideration concerning contemporary digital boundaries and how we manage our online lives. The research also seeks to explore individual/organisational interventions to manage our quality of life in the digital age.
Gillian is currently enjoying world-wide media coverage in the press, online and radio, e.g. BBC, Washington Post and CKNW radio in Vancouver, including a discussion piece in The Conversation on the French government giving employees the right to digitally disconnect after work.
Challenging popular stereotypes around alcohol
Government anti-drinking campaigns tend to stereotype young drinkers as ‘mindless’ and criminal. But what’s the evidence for this characterisation? Through collaborative research into young people’s consumption of alcohol, we’ve provided a more nuanced understanding of the role of alcohol as a cultural force, challenging the widespread stereotype. The research has contributed to the quality of the public and policy debate surrounding alcohol policy issues.
Social mobility in the City
Conducting research can make a real difference to the lives of individuals, the economy and business organisations. The government commissioned research Dr Louise Ashley led on aims to provide practitioners and policy makers with the knowledge and skills to ensure access to and progression within elite professions such as law and accountancy become more equal across social background.
Using open data to improve business
Dr Thomas Wainwright, Reader in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, is looking at how Open Data (a freely available resource produced by government departments and private organisations) can help start-ups, SMEs and corporates to create new products and services. Through Thomas's et al design of an online learning course i.e. a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) their research will provide people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to harness open data, increasing business efficiency and growth.
The course can be accessed here: Using Open Data for Digital Business