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Business and Management Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on business or management projects are normally housed in the Business School.

The School currently has a growing research culture with a thriving community of postgraduate researchers working on MRes, Professional Doctorate, and PhD research. Staff are experienced researchers and have forged extensive networks of research links both within the UK and abroad. The Business School works closely with practitioners and professionals and accreditation bodies. The School has a strong Professoriate to support and guide postgraduate research.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area web pages. All applicants will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to business and management to with Professor Paresh Wankhade, Graduate School Research Degree Contact for business and management research, included (

Research themes


  • Organisational Leadership and Management
  • Organisation Studies
  • Public Sector Management
  • Culture and Change Management
  • Gender and Organisations
  • Organisational Learning and Development
  • Crisis Leadership and Resilience

Accounting and Finance

  • Accounting & Institutional Perspectives
  • Accounting History
  • Corporate Governance and Voluntary Disclosure
  • Market-based Accounting
  • Financial Regulations
  • Board Performance and Governance


  • Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Radical Marketing
  • Multi-level Marketing, Network Marketing and Services (Retail) Marketing
  • Customer Engagement, Retail (High Streets), Experience Marketing, Retail Consumer Behaviour
  • Community ‘Owned’ Businesses
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Success
  • Small Business Policy and Regulation
  • Innovation Strategies for Small Firms

Development studies & Economics

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Female Entrepreneurship and Business Model Innovation
  • International Trade, Sustainable Development & Regional integration
  • Applied & Developmental Economics
  • Corporate Strategy and Corporate Governance
  • Determinants of Firm Performance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
  • Civil Society Development and Non-profit Organisations