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. 

Global Challenges Research Fund event - 10 February 2017

An interactive event for staff and postgraduate research students focused on the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

With an exciting line-up of speakers and plenty of opportunity to make new connections; the day will be of value to University staff and postgraduate research students who are interested in how they can get involved and help shape funded research projects that work across academic disciplines, across organisations and across countries and continents to have genuine impact in developing countries.

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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.

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