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EU INTERREG funded research has been a significant feature within the Business School for the last few years.

Professor 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 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 Wendy Sealy has just returned from Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was a keynote speaker at the 9th International Conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism Development'. The conference aimed to provide a stimulating forum for academics, emerging researchers, policy-makers, industry practitioners, marketing professionals and destination managers to discuss key issues and suggest solutions and strategies in the planning, development and management of sustainable tourism. Dr Sealy's keynote address titled: "The neo-colonial structures of Caribbean tourism" highlighted several features in the structure of Caribbean tourism which inhibit sustainable tourism development. The keynote address was well received by conference delegates and resulted in an invitation to visit the University of Thessaly in Volos Greece in November 2018 to lecture on Caribbean tourism. Dr Sealy, also addressed delegates concerning similar issues at the 'Green Economics Conference' at Oxford University on Monday 18 June.

While in Kathmandu, Dr Sealy also took the time to visit and speak to students at the International School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

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