Trusted academic research making a global impact

We push the boundaries of knowledge, helping organisations and society innovate and thrive.

We undertake theoretical and applied research to investigate key issues and contemporary challenges within businesses, the public sector, not-for-profits and the wider world.

We engage in diverse areas of research, such as emerging markets, firm financing, corporate governance, financial econometrics and gender studies. Our research agenda has an emphasis on sustainability practices, corporate responsibility and key technologies.

We are renowned for our expertise in accounting, finance and banking, organisation studies, human resource management, entrepreneurship and innovation, management and marketing. Our department houses seven research centres and five research groups which organise their work around these key themes.

100% of our business and management research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent and we are ranked 20th in UK for research power in business and management (Times Higher Education research power measure) in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Use the links below to visit our pioneering research structures and learn more about the cutting edge research taking place within the department.

Our research groups

Our research and academic structure are focused around five broad subject groups: accounting, finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship.  Building upon our core strengths and expertise in these areas they provide the focus of our research groups.


Our research centres

Our research centres focus on specific areas of interest, whilst facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond Essex Business School.

Our academic staff also contribute towards the interdisciplinary ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

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Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Highlights of our research 


Our academic staff regularly publish papers and submit to leading journals. Examples of their most recent work include:


  • Tyler, M., (2019) Soho at Work. Cambridge University Press.

Grants and mKTPS

Essex Business School is a rich environment for active research. Our academics have been awarded many high profile research grants.



  • Professor Matthew Allen (lead) and Dr Shabneez Bhankaraully -  £180,351 – A project to propel growth at fulfilment and distribution specialists, The Finishing Line.
  • Dr Juneho Um (Lead), Dr Amir Homayounfard and Dr Chaminda Wijethilake - £216,234 - A project with laser cutting company Laser 24 to support the development of a comprehensive strategy to streamline processes, increase efficiency and upskill staff.  


Our work is frequently featured in the media and wider press.  We also write for a number of online news publication outlets too.

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Contact us
Departmental Director of Research Professor Ileana Steccolini
Essex Business School University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873911