The Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) brings together academics from across the University of Plymouth and supports them in delivering high quality and impactful social, enterprise and policy research. We work to promote collaboration with academics from other institutions, as well as stakeholders outside the academic community, at a regional, national and international level. In particular, we encourage and facilitate multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research to make a real impact on academia, businesses, communities and public policy.
To find out more about iSPER and our research please scroll down to access links to our projects, publications and impact case studies.
Professor Rod Sheaff, Director, iSPER
Historical Criminology Conference 2019
The inaugural event of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Historical Criminology Network (in association with the BSC South West Branch) takes place on 9 – 10 April 2019 at the University of Plymouth and provides an open forum for discussion of relations between past and present in criminological research.
Listening to children in trouble with the law
A multidisciplinary symposium took place on 30 November 2018 to look at shortcomings in the criminal justice system. Experts in youth justice, psychology, policing and law from around the UK and from Europe convened in Plymouth. They were joined by experienced local police officers, appropriate adults, judges and solicitors.
iSPER Themed Research Groups and Initiatives
iSPER's key research strengths are reflected in its Themed Research Groups (TRGs), which bring together academics from across different disciplines who have a shared interest in a specific research theme.Our TRGs provide an ideal vehicle for interdisciplinary collaboration not only across the social sciences and business and management disciplines but also with academics outside our core disciplines, including those in the natural sciences and arts.
In addition to the TRGs, iSPER also has two standalone Themed Research Initiatives (TRIs) which specialise in delivering research excellence in new, emerging and niche areas of research.
Further details on each of the Themed Research Groups and Initiatives can be found below.
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Crime, Justice and Society
Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy
Markets, Innovation and Competition
People, Organisations and Work
Product and Service Value Chain Innovation through Advanced Technologies
Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
Politics and International Relations (PIR)
Strategy and Policy Innovation in Supply Chain Management under Environmental Pressure
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) held a workshop on the above theme in Tianjin, China on 27–29 October 2018. Early Career Researchers (ECR) from the UK were invited to apply to attend this workshop. The workshop was coordinated by Professor Jingjing XU (University of Plymouth) and Professor Bo LI (Tianjin University) with contributions from other leading researchers.
Dr Oliver Smith speaking at the iSPER Brexit Event
Stakeholders, businesses and local authority representatives joined academics at the University on the 8 November 2017 for an iSPER event on the implications, opportunities and challenges with Brexit and more specifically what it means for the South West.
While extolling the need for improved conditions and greater voice, Professor Richard Saundry argues it fails to deliver the radical change needed.
Since the British public voted to leave the European Union, there has been widespread conjecture as governments across Europe and beyond try to assess the political and social ramifications of the result.
As such, policy makers face a number of challenges in light of the increased responsibility placed on them – as areas of legislation previously under EU competence will soon be decided nationally.
In this project led by the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) leading academics across a range of fields attempt to shed light on how the referendum result might affect their areas of expertise.
Dr Lise Hunter speaking at the South West Trade Summit
Need to Boost UK Exports and Develop Business/University Collaboration Discussed at South West Trade Summit
The need to do more to improve the UK’s export competitiveness was discussed at a recent trade summit at the University of Plymouth organised by the Institute of Export (IoE) in partnership with iSPER.
- Low skilled, low paid workers of the world don’t unite, research shows 17 December 2018
- Exhibition helps visitors understand county's past 5 April 2018
- Conference addresses HR challenges facing business in South West 21 June 2017
- The iSPER Brexit Series offers academic insight on impact of leaving the EU 1 February 2017
- Institute aims to engage business and policy chiefs with leading research 1 December 2016