Progress out now: driving positive change across business and society

News | Posted on Monday 19 February 2024

Our Spring 2024 edition of Progress magazine is out now, featuring a collection of new articles that demonstrate our School's mission of driving positive change across business and society through impactful interdisciplinary collaboration.

Understanding and influencing socio-economic systems

With an introduction from Professor Bob Doherty, Dean of the School for Business and Society, in this issue we explore the intricate dynamics of socio-economic systems. Our feature on the private renting sector in England offers a nuanced understanding of housing policy and its societal implications. This research aligns with our commitment to unravelling complex systems and influencing policy for societal betterment.





Fostering collaborative research and innovation

The Curiosity Partnership project, led by Professor Yvonne Birks, embodies our vision of innovative and collaborative research. Focusing on adult social care, this initiative underscores our drive to enhance research capacity within local authorities, bridging the gap between academia and practical implementation.

Advancing pedagogical excellence

We also spotlight our innovative teaching methods. Dr Laura Mitchell discusses her use of 'Playful Pedagogies' recently delivered to a class at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. This approach aligns with our pursuit of educational innovation, reflecting our commitment to developing holistic and adaptable leaders.

Integrating academia with broader societal interests

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the 'Soccer Mad Boffins' blog, we illustrate how academic research can intersect with broader societal interests like sports. This initiative mirrors our dedication to extending the reach of academic discourse beyond traditional boundaries.

Pushing the frontiers of academic research

Professor Alexander McNeil's work in mathematics and risk management showcases our school's edge in pioneering academic research. His contributions resonate with our goal of addressing real-world challenges through rigorous academic inquiry.

Innovating for social welfare

Our feature, "Breaking the Mould," highlights a pilot study by the Institute for Safe Autonomy and the School for Business and Society. Led by Professor Philip Garnett, this study focuses on the use of sensors in social housing to detect conditions leading to damp and mould. This innovative project not only addresses a pressing public health issue but also exemplifies our commitment to using technology responsibly and ethically, with tenant engagement and welfare at its core.

Advancing mental health through social research

This edition features the impactful work of the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research (ICMHSR) at our School, highlighting innovative social interventions to improve mental health. Their commitment to exploring new avenues for mental health support, particularly in under-served communities, aligns with our School's mission to effect positive societal change through interdisciplinary research and practical solutions.

Public good

In addition, we feature an insightful discussion with a member of our Advisory Board, Susanna Moorehead. Susanna reflects on the effectiveness of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) and the challenges facing the international community in achieving shared goals with limited resources, how to be a successful public leader in a complex world, and what the University and School can contribute to achieve results.

Each article in this edition of 'Progress' not only showcases our School's multifaceted expertise but also reaffirms our dedication to influencing positive change in society through education, research, and collaboration. As we explore these varied yet interconnected domains, we continue to uphold our vision of creating knowledge that impacts businesses and society for the better.

Read the latest edition of our magazine:

Progress magazine Spring 2024 issue (PDF , 3,922kb)