Research in Norwich Business School Research in Norwich Business School

Internationally renowned research is the lifeblood of NBS. This enriches and nourishes the educational experience, it is key to attracting highly qualified staff and students and it secures the development of collaborations and funding.Research excellence enables us to have significant influence on national policy and business decision-making in our areas of expertise. NBS is home to a vibrant and engaged research community. We were recognised in REF2014 amongst the top 10 business schools in the UK in terms of research output quality. UEA is typically ranked amongst the top 20 institutions in the UK and 1% internationally. In terms of impact, Norwich is fourth in the UK for the number of most highly cited scientists after London, Cambridge and Oxford (more on research performance here).

The NBS research strategy builds upon the research plans set out within the latest REF 2014 (see NBS submission here) and follows closely the UEA Plan 2016-2020 and the research strategy of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Responsible Business is a defining aspect of the School's strategy, and a common thread throughout our research activities. This involves a long term, sustainable approach to business practices that make a positive contribution to the 'triple bottom line'; economic, social and environmental performance. The School's flat, non departmental structure and underlying research themes are strategically designed to foster an open and dynamic culture of interdisciplinary academic excellence. The School's research activities are coordinated  by the Director of Research  Professor Raphael Markellos.

We are committed to enabling all academic staff to be research active and our initiatives are designed to re-inforce this commitment. All members of staff are given support and encouragement to help them contribute to achieving our research strategy.  The process of managing the implementation of our research strategy is based on a system of supporting mechanisms, which seek to:

  • Enhance confidence of our staff in their own research abilities.
  • Enhance motivation for undertaking high quality research activities.
  • Provide support, training and infrastructure necessary for undertaking research; and to enable staff to use the support to meet their needs and aspirations.
  • Increase awareness of international,national and regional developments and opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary research projects.

Our academic researchers and post graduate research students' work is structured around the Faculty wide Research  Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and six broad subject area groups as below:


Our staff benefit from the interaction with researchers from other schools and faculties in UEA, the Norwich Research Park (one of Europe's largest single-site concentrations of research in agri-food, health and environmental sciences with a combined research budget of £100M), The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (headquartered within UEA and the Eastern Arc (partnership with the University of Essex and the University of Kent).