Sustainable business research institute

The Leeds Business School Sustainable Business Research Institute (SuBRI) mission is to engage in applied research that supports future sustainable business performance, leadership and responsibility.

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The Institute harnesses the skills and capabilities of Leeds Beckett University academics in business and related disciplines to understand, explain and challenge the future issues facing all commercial organisations in order to develop resilient and agile organisations with sustainable futures.

SuBRI’s research and enterprise clusters reflect the multidisciplinary contributions required to respond to core business issues of leadership, responsibility and accountability as well as performance.

SuBRI operates as a hub for promoting, generating and inspiring innovative research and scholarly activity which make a societal difference. The school’s vision is to maximise the impact on regional agendas and priority sectors with the aim of being one of the most aligned management schools with contemporary business practice. Through the Institute, Leeds Business School academics are responding to the UK Industrial Strategy and use it as a vehicle to deliver regional innovation strategy plans.

SuBRI's aim is to support future sustainable business performance, leadership and responsibility.

Our mission is to address the global challenges facing business growth, performance and sustainability but to do so in a spirit of responsibility.

Research expertise

Includes issues of SME engagement and innovative approaches to engage with industry sectors.

Led by Dr O. Jones, focuses on locally oriented productivity and enterprise agendas and initiatives.

Led by Dr B. Jones, engages colleagues from the Marketing Subject and also connects with the Retail Institute (TRI) which has three key foci: consumers of the future; supply chain-oriented product and packaging innovation; and retail business globalisation.

Led by Dr Arrigoni, this theme includes The Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility and encompasses areas of research in the theory and practice of integrated pedagogy and professional development, creating significant links across the public-private divide.

Led by Professor Tench with research leads Dr Diers-Lawson and Dr Topic, this is a long-standing area of research with international impact. The theme covers research into organisational use of strategic communication for public and private sector organisations as well as exploring the role and impact of communication on societal issues such as health, sustainability and responsibility.

Led by Professor Morgan and includes researchers whose work is integrated into all these areas of economic policy, including issues of financial stability and corporate activity (taxation, CSR and other related issues).

The Futures Research Group

We define Futures and Foresight as: The interdisciplinary discovery and study of predictable, probable, possible, plausible, preferable and creatable long term futures.

Get in touch

If you want to know more about the Institute and the research and enterprise activities of Leeds Business School review some of the projects below or contact Leeds Business School’s Director of Research, Professor Ralph Tench

Doctoral Students

The Institute has doctoral research students attached to it, including funded and bursary students.

We supervise PhD students full time and part time and run a very successful Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

Students interested in applying to work on the research themes within the Institute should contact the Director, Professor Ralph Tench, the school’s Postgraduate Research Student Programme Director (PhD and DBA) Dr Moade Shubita or the University Graduate School for details.