Bringing together active researchers with expertise in water science and engineering, air quality, geotechnical engineering and energy engineering.
The formation of this group of academics supports two key strategic research aims. Firstly, it fosters collaborations of researchers with complementary expertise to address current complex environmental and energy issues, at interfaces between traditional disciplines. Key environmental challenges, such as environmental pollution and energy crisis are most effectively addressed using integrated approaches. Secondly, the group created a critical mass for innovative research and teaching to train the next generations of environmental and energy engineers.
Members of the group have published around 80 journal articles and many book chapters in the last 5 years. Members act as assessors for various funding organisations, including being members of peer review colleges for NERC and EPSRC, the EU and international bodies. Current development includes a major investment in petroleum engineering to accommodate its expanding popularity as a provision...
The focus of this research is to consolidate high-quality research in computing-related topics and themes.
The centre conducts research related to the use and management of Information & Digital Technologies and Information Management in complex organisations.
Its aims are to:
foster a supportive and stimulating research environment
enable staff to undertake research and realise their potential
support research students to get a valued and beneficial research training
promote research activities and enhance them through research collaboration, and knowledge and technology transfer
The centre constitutes a multidisciplinary approach to studying a range of social, economic and technological issues. It focuses on the application of novel technologies and innovative business models to enable organisations to embrace new technologies and work practices.
We collaborate closely with industry and academia locally and internationally. We have been successful in securing EU funding and have successfully collaborated on many knowledge transfer projects with industry, as well as collaborations through joint research supervision.
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Researchers are active in a number of areas of applied research relating to materials and sustainability, and robotics and materials testing.
Materials and Sustainability research is wide ranging, covering novel materials and structures for photovoltaic (PV) devices, growth and processing of electronic and functional thin films, processing and applications of functional oxides, condensed matter theory, surface engineering including the development of new materials and coating processes, structural applications of high strength and high performance materials, sustainable design and life cycle assessment.
Robotics and Materials Testing research targets intelligent, automated and robotic systems for the non-destructive testing and inspection of large critical infrastructure, often located in remote and hazardous environments. Wall climbing, swimming, pipe crawling and mobile robots capable of deploying a range of NDT techniques have been developed. The group has state-of-the-art facilities and has attracted significant levels of funding from sources such as EPSRC, EU, TSB and industry.
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This research consolidates work in international business to focus on the two key areas of employment relations and human resource management.
This research group has continued to expand its activity by developing further international collaboration and building capacity in terms of research active staff and postgraduate students. There are two key themes of the work currently undertaken by the group.
The first theme is employment relations research. The group has a long standing interest in this area and the research has a strong comparative element focused on four key contemporary themes within the area: employee voice, conflict management, work life issues, and employment relations in SMEs. More recent work focusing on African employment relations is developing further the comparative element.
The second theme is the exploration of the political and institutional environment of business and there has been a considerable contribution to the institutions of global economic relations and political elites. Other work...