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Global summit for retail and researchers

Feature | 18 April 2013 | Business, General public, Partnerships, Press/media

The acs global summit, supported by the esrc, has provided the opportunity to encourage debate and knowledge exchange between leading practitioners and social scientists within the retail sector.

Staying safe online

Feature | 05 February 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The visualisation and other methods of expression (vome) project developed new methods to raise public awareness about internet security, an issue highlighted with today's celebration of safer internet day.

Getting pig meat to the market

Feature | 25 January 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

The current model for supplying pig meat to uk consumers is ineffective and beset by a 'trader mentality' from leading supermarkets, and would benefit from more integrated ownership where companies have a vested interest throughout the supply chain, ...

Green budget: no let-up in austerity uk

Feature | 01 February 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Government borrowing is reduced, but the economic outlook is still bleak, according to the green budget analysis from the institute for fiscal studies.

The fashion of faith

Feature | 28 June 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools

The market of 'modest fashion' is growing ever larger, with women - mostly for religious reasons - using mainstream fashion to achieve their definition of modesty.

Productivity loss from town centre policies

Feature | 09 May 2011 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

Planning policies favouring high street shops over out-of-town supermarkets reduces retail productivity, according to serc research.

Case studies

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Changing the face of the high street

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Research by professor neil wrigley and colleagues has helped transform thinking on food retail development, its role in sustaining viable town centres and the future of uk high streets.

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Consumer data research support service (cdrss)

Professor Mark Birkin | Management & Business Studies | 14 February 2014

The project will work in collaboration with ucl to establish a consumer data research centre (cdrc) for the provision of new forms of ‘big data’ which are emerging in consumer markets. Big data are continually changing (eg traffic sensors ...

Smart data analytics for business and local government

Professor Vania Sena | Environmental Informatics | 31 January 2014

The esrc data research centre for smart analytics is a collaborative project between the universities of essex (lead partner), east anglia, and kent; its objectives are to  provide a facility where big data from businesses and local government a ...

Households, retailers and food waste transitions

Dr David Evans | 31 December 2013

This research and knowledge exchange project will generate new perspectives on the causes and management of food waste. In order to explore the ways in which the challenge of food waste reduction is being framed, interpreted and responded to, 20 in-d ...

The e-resilience of british retail centres

Dr Alex Singleton | 27 November 2013

This project explores patterns of retail e-resilience in terms of the extent to which retail centres are exposed to consumers who are heavily engaged with information and communication technologies, and the virtual retail channels that these enable. ...


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Aureo De Paula | 29 April 2014 | Social Stats., Comp. & Methods | Further Funding

Starting grant

Estimation of demand for local bus service

Lars Nesheim | 29 April 2014 | Social Stats., Comp. & Methods | Collaboration / Partnership

Working with jozsef molnar at dg competition on estimation of demand for bus travel