ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

Part of School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

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Exploring data. Enhancing knowledge. Empowering society.

We bring data to life, forging links between stakeholders at all levels, we help them use data to find better solutions and support innovation.

We enable renowned researchers to work with organisations effecting real change. Together with our partners, we help resolve the biggest challenges of our time.

We collaborate with private sector, public sector and not-for-profit organisations who can wield the transformative power of data to benefit their communities. By supporting them in implementing best practice, we create real-world impact, influencing policy and informing practice.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), we aim to be the UK’s centre of choice for data research. We act as a hub of knowledge that reaches beyond Essex into a global network of experts, organisations and innovators. This ensures the far-reaching impact of our best practice models and concepts. Situated in the Knowledge Gateway of the University of Essex, we provide access to funding, training and world-leading expertise in data analytics.


Can your organisation get more out of your data?

We are collecting more data than ever. Organisations gather huge amounts of data, but they don’t always know its value. We help them uncover the power and insight hidden in their data, optimising the potential for machine learning, artificial intelligence, and analytics.

The time and expertise of our distinguished researchers is available in the form of consultancy, training and events each of which is funded through the work of the Centre. Projects that require greater support can gain access to funding through a Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV).

We work with the private and public sectors, and with not-for-profit organisations. Our offering allows them to use data to solve problems and support growth. By serving as a hub for data expertise, we can translate knowledge into practical solutions. Together with our partners, we empower society

This project has provided us with a data driven approach which has now allowed for our data to best inform our strategic planning and ongoing decisions. We can now better attract inward investment and have successfully made our area a more desirable place to live and work. This would not have been possible without the use of our data and expertise provided by the Centre.
John Stenhouse Programme Manager, Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Upcoming Events

POSTPONED - Business Data Consultation Clinic

This event has been postponed. If you would like to be contacted about it in the future please email BLGDataResearch@essex.ac.uk.

A free one-to-one confidential 30-minute consultation to discuss your data dilemmas and how data could revolutionise your business.

Benefits of attending

  • Find out how your business could benefit from using data.
  • Register your interest in grant funded data analytics, free training, webinars and workshops.

These 30 minute sessions will be held on a date to be confirmed.

15 June 2020 - Business and Local Government Data Research Centre Annual Conference

Now in its sixth year, the 2020 conference will unite the research community with business, public sector and not-for-profits to explore how data analytics can revolutionise society.

Bringing data to life, this event will include panel debates with strategic leads and deep dives into the most topical data issues facing UK today.

More information and special guest speakers to be announced. This conference will be held on Monday 15 June 2020 at Essex Business School, Colchester campus.

Register your interest or email BLGDataResearch@essex.ac.uk for more information.

24 September 2020 - GDPR Charity Masterclass

The general data protection regulation (GDPR) is the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years. It effects all areas of charity practice from fundraising to consents, client data and more.

This session will cover everything you need to know about GDPR compliance, data collection and how it applies to you. Join us for this interactive workshop as we discuss what you need to know about GDPR delivered by leading expert Dr Audrey Guinchaird.

Book your place now, or email BLGDataResearch@essex.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Get in touch
Get in touch
Business and Local Government Data Research Centre Knowledge Gateway University of Essex 
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 873437