Research groups

Learn more about the University of Bristol Business School's challenge-led interdisciplinary research themes:

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 88 per cent of the research in Business and Management as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (3*/4*).

Wind turbines along a skyline Accountability, sustainability and governance

The Accountability, Sustainability and Governance group investigates broad issues of accountability and governance in both the public and private sectors.

Illustration of a colourful tree Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations (ARCIO)

Contributing to positive changes in organisations and the wider community.

High-rise buildings in the London banking district Banking

With recent hires at junior and senior levels Bristol now has a banking research group that is among the largest in the UK. The group focuses on undertaking original research at the highest academic standards, and is useful for practitioners and regulators in the banking industry.

A man in a suit holding a business newspaper Corporate finance

The Corporate Finance group undertakes high-calibre empirical and theoretical research across all key areas of corporate finance and governance. Members of the group actively collaborate with academics and practitioners nationally and internationally to address challenges modern corporations face.

High-rise office blocks in the financial district of London Financial markets

The Financial Markets Research Group covers a broad range of topics, producing research of the highest international standard.

A woman's hands writing at a desk Financial reporting

The Financial Reporting Group (FRG) conducts academic and policy-related research on financial reporting and auditing, with particular emphasis on the importance and limitations of corporate reporting in informing decisions and influencing behaviour. 

The globe at night with lights visible across the world Global political economy

Critical perspectives on the dynamics of change in the contemporary global economy.

A digital screen lit up with lots of information Innovation and digitalisation

Our research focuses on innovation and new digital and immersive technologies, considering individual, social and political impact.

A multi-cultural group of co-workers sitting together having a discussion Management accounting

The management accounting group has a long tradition of research and engagement with practice. The research covers a broad range of practices with interests in a range of organizational and institutional settings. 

The reception area of a busy public services building Public services governance and management

Public services governance and management beyond public sector organisations.

Aerial view of a cargo ship Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chains

Bringing together work from management, supply chain management, international business, and beyond the Business School into engineering, chemistry, physics, geography and data science.

Seedlings growing in recyclable containers Sustainable production & consumption and inclusive economy

Fostering organisational and societal transitions for sustainable and inclusive futures.

A woman working at a computer on a desk surrounded by paperwork Work futures

Our academics collaborate with businesses, unions, policymakers, civil society organisations and social movements to help shape the future of work. In an uncertain world characterised by political, environmental and technological transformation, our research expands the capacity for working people to have power, agency and control over the changing world of work.

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