Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER)

The Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) brings together academics from across Plymouth University 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. 

The iSPER Brexit Series

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 a new project led by the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) leading academics across a range of fields will attempt to shed light on how the referendum result might affect their areas of expertise.

Find out more about The iSPER Brexit Series

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: 

  • Crime, Justice and Society (CJS)
  • Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy (MLBP)
  • Markets, Innovation and Competition (MIC)
  • People, Organisations and Work (POW)
  • Product and Service Value Chain Innovation through Advanced Technologies (ProSerV)
  • Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (RESI).

Our TRGs provide an ideal vehicle for inter-disciplinary 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. Further details on each of the Themed Research Groups can be found below.

In addition to the TRGs, iSPER also has two standalone Research Initiatives which specialise in delivering research excellence in new, emerging and niche areas of research:

  • Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia (#CHITCHAT?)
  • Modelling and Simulation for Social Systems (M&S3).

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iSPER launch event - Thursday 24 November 2016

A mixture of academics, students, and representatives from businesses, charities and local government took part in the official launch event for iSPER on the 24 November 2016. The event featured presentations on undertaking interdisciplinary research projects and developing academic-business engagement, both of which are key priorities for iSPER and our members. The event also saw the announcement of the six new Themed Research Groups, through which iSPER is bringing together academics from different disciplines to address shared research interests. 

Read more about the launch event