Essex Business School

Our research

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Research that makes a global impact

Our academics push the boundaries of knowledge to help organisations and society innovate and thrive. They undertake theoretical and applied research that investigates important problems facing business, the public sector, not-for-profits and the wider world.

Their work challenges inequality and business injustices, such as gender prejudice, and explores important areas like accounting in emerging economies and behavioural finance. They examine issues at local, national and international levels and their work is informed by a wide range of social science theories.

We have several research centres and groups covering a range of contemporary business issues:

Business as usual?
Not at Essex.

We’re a UK top 5 university for social science research (REF 2014)
97% of our research submissions were assessed as of international quality (REF 2014)
Our work has been cited in the Bank of England and the European Central Bank
Essex is ranked 4th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities)
72% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
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Research databases and software


We provide a range of databases to aid research. We have a subscription to Bloomberg and WRDS, which includes:

  • Bank Regulatory
  • Blockholders
  • CBOE Index
  • Compustat
  • CRSP
  • Direct Marketing Educational Foundation
  • Dow Jones Averages and Total Return Indexes
  • Fama-French
  • Federal Reserve Bank Reports
  • MSRB
  • OptionMetrics
  • OTC Markets
  • Penn World Tables
  • Peters and Taylor Total Q
  • PHLX
  • Public Data
  • Research Quotient
  • SEC Order Execution
  • World indices

Business and Local Government Data Research Centre datasets

Our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers access to the following datasets:

Company and financial

  • Osiris Companies Database
  • UK Companies Basic Data
  • UK National Business Database
  • UK Outstanding Loans

Markets and public

  • Colchester Borough Council Data
  • Deprivation Index
  • Essex County Council Data
  • fDi Markets Library
  • Footfall Data
  • UK Councillors, MPs, MEPs and Civil Service
  • UK Public Sector Spending

Healthcare and social care

  • Care Homes Data
  • Global Data Pharma Etrack
  • Medway Council Data
  • Norfolk Vulnerable Children Data
  • UK Healthcare Providers and Ratings
  • UK Minimum Dataset for Social Care


    • Online Retail Website Hits
    • Retail Floor Space Utilisation


    • Broadband Speed


We provide a range of software to aid your studies, in addition to those in the University's software catalogue.

Mathematical analysis software and computing environments

  • IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio
  • Maple
  • Matlab
  • SAS

Statistical analysis

  • AMOS
  • EViews
  • Gretl
  • R
  • SPSS
  • Stata

Qualitative data analysis

  • Max QDA2
  • NVivo

Accounting software

  • Sage Line 50

General programming

  • Eclipse
  • GCC
  • RStudio
  • Visual Studio
  • Python

Office and reference management

  • Emacs / Xemacs
  • EndNote
  • Microsoft Office
  • MikTex
  • Reference Manager
  • Tex, LaTeX, DVI, tec
  • TeXnicCenter
  • TeXworks
  • General purpose

    • Adobe Reader
    • LPDF Creator
    • SSH client for Windows