Research centres and networks

Our research centres and networks

The School supports interdisciplinarity through research centres and networks. Aligned with our research strategy, the research centres generate large-scale research funding through interdisciplinary research that emphasises policy and practice impact.

Research networks are supported by internal funding on a rolling three-year basis, with an aim to develop them further. For example, the Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Network has represented the foundation for the larger-scale, externally funded Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology. The flexibility of our research networks enables our research infrastructure to respond to research opportunities.

Developing relationships with the broader University through the Global Research Priorities further facilitates the attainment of large-scale grants to engender economic and social impact. For example, the School-led ‘Productivity and the Futures of Work’ GRP provided the bedrock for our cross-University partnership in the ESRC £26 million-funded Productivity Institute, which works with eight Regional Productivity Forums that bring together businesses and policymakers to address the UK’s poor productivity. Led by Professor Nigel Driffield, the Warwick component involves collaboration with the Economics Department and WMG, in an interdisciplinary collaboration with NIESR, and the Universities of Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, KCL, Cardiff and Queen’s Belfast.

Research centres

Applied (Health) Research Centre West Midlands

The Applied (Health) Research Centre West Midlands is a research grouping concerned with impact policy and organisational practice, commonly through empirical health and social care studies, supported by large scale funding.

Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology

The Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology conducts cutting-edge research on finance applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence methods, and brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics and practitioners.

Industrial Relations Research Unit

The Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU) was established in 1970. Their research is grouped into three main areas: employment relations strategy, globalisation and work, and equality and diversity. 

Innovation, Knowledge & Organisational Networks Research Unit

The Innovation, Knowledge and Organisational Network was established in 1997 to advance understanding of the interactions between innovation, knowledge and networks, primarily from an organisational theory perspective.    

The Enterprise Research Centre

The Enterprise Research Centre is the leading centre of excellence in the UK for research into the growth, innovation and productivity of SMEs. Its aim is to provide high quality, independent research and analysis to inform government policy. 

Research networks

Applied & Organisational Psychology Research Network

The Applied & Organisation Psychology Network at WBS is concerned with how individuals, leaders, and teams, think, feel and behave at work. Bringing together scholars and PhD students from a number of academic groups, the network looks at topics such as leadership processes and effectiveness and innovation and creativity at work.

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Network

The Artificial Intelligence Innovation Network (AIIN) was established by the Information Systems Management group at WBS in 2018. The Network's main goal is to combine academic and industry research into how human and machine knowledge and intelligence are being transformed.

Global Energy Research Network

The Global Energy Research Network explores how companies and countries can meet future demands for affordable and sustainable energy while achieving their goals for economic growth and development.  

Macroeconomic Policy and Forecasting Research Network

The Macroeconomic Policy and Forecasting (MPF) Research Network produces world-class research in the areas of empirical macroeconomics and macroeconomic forecasting. They have strong links with academic and policy-making institutions, enhancing their research impact and supporting research-led teaching