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Centre for Research in Sustainable Business

The Centre for Research in Sustainable Business has its foundations both in the existing capabilities of the Business School and also in the sector strengths and priorities for regional socio/economic development.  Research themes include; Offshore Renewable Energy, Socio/Economic regeneration, sustainable enterprise, coastal zone management and ethical leadership/corporate social responsibility.

The Centre is a focus for associated research, applied research, consulting, knowledge transfer and CPD.  The scope of the Centre is based around three distinct themes:

  1. Sustainable Communities – cluster facilitation, socio/economic development, coastal and rural communities and maritime economies, marine eco-systems, transport, visitor economy
  2. Sustainable Operations – inter-organisational systems, supply chains, organisational behaviour and management practice – potential sector focus on offshore renewable energy, horticulture, tourism, events management
  3. Sustainable Enterprise – corporate social responsibility, sustainable education, organisational learning, leadership and educating SME, third sector

Centre staff are currently supervising 5 PhD students directly in addition to providing collaborative supervision to students in other university departments.  We hold monthly supervision meetings with Ph.D. students. We run monthly Wednesday afternoon workshops/seminars to develop research practice and offer an opportunity for people to come together and to share the frustration and joys of their research journeys.

Historically, the Centre has a track record of working on collaborative research programmes that demonstrate strong socio/economic impact these include:

  1. Sustainable Communities:
    1. Channel Arc-Manche Integration Strategy (Interreg IV Channel)
    2. Shoreham Port Regeneration (Aldrington Basin)
    3. Maintain, Mend and Pass-On Environmental Study for West Sussex County Council
    4. Devon Maritime Cluster development and facilitation
  2. Sustainable Operations:
    1. Rampion Wind Farm supply chain study
    2. Kent Wind Energy supply chain study
    3. Channel MOR (Interreg IV Channel) – Offshore renewable energy evaluation
    4. Coast to Capital Economic Strategy
    5. Women and Enterprise accessibility research
    6. Enterprise skills in Education – framework development
    7. Enterprise and SME’s – research into intervention effectiveness
  3. Knowledge Transfer:
    1. Plymouth Maritime – cluster development
    2. Marina 2020 – strategy for enhancing socio/economic impact 
  4. Tourism:
    1. Bognor Watersports Centre feasibility study
    2. Chichester destination management plan

The Centre is currently involved in a number of EU funded projects:

  • We are leading on the development of a destination management plan for Sustainable Tourism on the Manhood Peninsular (STOMP).  Funded through the Regional Development Fund of ESIF and administered by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Channel Payments for Ecosystems (CPES), an INTERREG funded project for which we are lead partner.  Awarded in October 2017, this €4 m project aims to significantly improve the water quality in a number of rivers and lakes in the South of England and the North of France by encouraging farmers and landowners to adopt new agriculture practices to reduce the levels of nutrient runoff from fields. The project will implement six pilot PES (Payment for Ecosystem services) across the Channel area. These type of schemes offer financial incentives to farmers to encourage them to implement more environmentally friendly methods of farming, which will help reduce the levels of nitrate water pollution.  The Centre for Research in Sustainable Business is the lead partner and the project involves 10 other partners from regions along both sides of the Channel.
  • Enterprise Support to Social Enterprise (SEEK) – Hard to Reach Groups, an ESF funded project. Funded through the European Social Fund administered by Coast to Capital. Lead partner, The Platform based in Brighton.