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EU INTERREG funded research has been a significant feature within the Business School for the last few years. Dr Dave Cooper, Business Development Director and Dr Dawn Robins, Research Coordinator, have established the University as a leading managing partner within the Channel maritime policy sector. Working alongside other Universities such as Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton in the UK and Caen and Le Havre in France, the Business School has developed a strong research base for understanding the policy structure for the Channel. This work has influenced EU policy around the clustering of ports and marinas to increase economic growth and sustainable coastal communities and is now focusing on developing the renewable energy supply structure for wind, wave and tidal installations.

Dr Lyn Batchelor is on the Advisory Board of WINGS (Elevating Women Entrepreneurship Initiatives for Generating Sustainable Impact and Networks). WINGS is a consortium of 9 partners from 8 EU countries.  The project’s aim is to create a strong, recognizable and sustainable EU-wide network and online platform for facilitating the access and share of existing learning and training offers to support women entrepreneurs. The Advisory Board also includes one member from Austria, Turkey, Belgium Spain, Denmark, Italy and Poland. Lyn has been working with the UK Partner, INOVA Consultancy, Sheffield, since 2007 on various female business start-up projects. The WINGS project concludes in 2016 with an event in Milan.

Dr Rob Warwick has been working with Pete Burden and the Association of Management Educators and Developers (AMED) on the subject of conscious business, particularly getting practitioners, managers, entrepreneurs and consultants to write about their experience of working ethically and consciously.  They have recently published their second journal on the subject the editorial of which can be found on the AMED website: A 'Pop-Up Conference' to encourage contributors and those interested in conscious business to explore their practice is planned.

Dr Emma McKinley is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Special Interest Group on Conservation Marketing.  The group members represent a number of international institutions, and aim to support conservation goals through the application of current marketing techniques. The group came together as a result of their contribution to the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress, held in Glasgow in August 2014.  The area of Conservation Marketing is a relatively new field, and to date, Emma has been involved in the co-writing of a peer-reviewed article for a special edition of Ocean and Coastal Management, and the group are organising a symposium at this summer’s International Congress of Conservation Biology.