Current research projects

A core aim of Bristol Enterprise Research and Innovation Centre (BERIC) is to conduct rigorous and relevant research to inform and shape enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship for an international audience of academics, practitioners, students, policy makers and other interested parties. The following is a selection of current research projects. 

Short food supply chains in developing countries: A pathway to sustainable development and employment creation.

Dr Vikas Kumar successfully led the three days Researcher Links Workshop from 21 to 23 March 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was on ‘Short Food Supply Chains: A pathway to sustainable development and employment creation’ that was funded by the Newton Fund, the British Council and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF).

Vikas coordinated this workshop together with Dr Supalak Akkaranggoon from Khon Kaen University in Thailand and had contributions from other leading researchers including Professor Jonathan Liu, Professor Decharut Sukkumnoed, and Professor Ming Lim.

The workshop was attended by a number of early career researchers from the different Thai and UK universities including Khon Kaen University, Shinawatra University, Kasetsart University, Naresuan University, Sripatum University, University of York, University of Sheffield, Coventry University, University of Bristol, University of Derby, University of Aston, University of Southampton, Nottingham Trent University, University of Brighton, University of Bradford, and Northampton University. Dr Ximing Ruan was also one of the participants in this workshop.

Sustainable Development - Exploring Energy Efficiency Opportunities through Supply Chain and Operations Innovation workshop

Vikas Kumar’s work has inspired and encouraged Dr Guru  Prabhakar to join 20 other UK based scholars who make a successful application to the Newton Fund and British Council to participate in the workshop 'Sustainable Development: Exploring Energy Efficiency Opportunities through Supply Chain and Operations Innovation'.  The workshops will be held to be held in Mexico, 23 to 27 May 2016.

Redistributed manufacturing in Health care Network (RiHN) 

Following a successful £0.5m award from the Engineering and Physical Services Research Council (EPSRC) the RiHN is being led by a multi-disciplinary team that spans the disciplines of manufacturing, healthcare technologies, management and human factors. Network Director, Wendy Phillips, is leading the two year project which started in February 2015.

The RiHN aims to deliver a single vision of the research needed to position the UK at the forefront of healthcare manufacturing. Network partners include cross disciplinary researchers from the Universities of Loughborough, Cambridge, Brunel, Nottingham, Newcastle and the University of the West of England.

We invite clinicians, SMEs, large enterprises, academia and other institutions interested in advancing Redistributed Manufacturing (RDM) in Healthcare agenda to support our feasibility studies and assist us with our research. We aim to deliver guidance on pathways for RDM innovations in healthcare, covering key systemic considerations (supply chain, regulatory, economic, clinical) as well as expert recommendations for future research and investment in this area.

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The Uber Disruption: Assessing the Impact of Digitisation on Local Transport

UWE Bristol lecturers, Glenn Parry and Janet Carruthers, together with Dr Zena Wood from Greenwich University, have been awarded £20,000 by Research Councils UK to undertake a study, ‘The Uber Disruption: Assessing the Impact of Digitisation on Local Transport’.

Uber's mobile app allows consumers to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars.  Uber's app has transformed the taxi industry and claims that it makes cities more accessible by connecting drivers directly with their customers via a smartphone application. The company states that for each of their cars on their road they take seven and half cars off of the road promoting a more sustainable and environmentally friendly road network. However, how has the introduction of Uber affected the traditional taxi and transportation industry?

This scoping study will identify and analyse the key variables that will allow the impact of this digitization to be measured. The project will develop a methodology that can first be applied across other European cities to analyse the Uber disruption and subsequently be applied to other industries, such as hotels and television, to assess the impact of digitization

The Role of Green Transformational Leadership in Vietnam

UWE’s Dr Vikas Kumar and Dr Thu Hoang of Hanoi University, Vietnam collaborated on a project to develop sustainable green practices in Vietnam by examining the role of green transformational leadership.

Over the last decade, Vietnam has observed a period of rapid growth and has now become an attractive destination for foreign investment in South East Asia. This rapid transformation has put a lot of pressure on Vietnamese suppliers to match the global competition and at the same time adopt the green agenda.

The project was aimed at studying the role of green, transformational leadership, in developing sustainable green practices among the Vietnamese Food suppliers.  Ultimately, project outputs would help promote economic social welfare in Hanoi by transferring training to local researchers and business practitioners. The training is aimed at educating local researchers and practitioners on the role of transformational leadership and sustainable green business practices that can support transition towards a greener and sustainable economy.

The project was funded by a British Academy Newton Travel Grant of £10k.

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