Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19

Led by Professor Daniel King

This project examines COVID-19 impact on voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. In particular, it focuses on providing real-time data about how the pandemic is impacting voluntary organisations working-practices and operations, their responses, learning and resilience.  For more details, please check out our project page

Structuring for Voice

Led by Professors Helen Shipton and Daniel King

Turning the spotlight on employee voice, this project uncovers factors that influence voice, in particular why, when and how voice influences outcomes in the conventional workplace and beyond. The report based on the first phase of the research can be found here.


ERDF: Enabling Innovation

Led by Dr Sarah Smith this project produced an evaluation of the ERDF funded Enabling Innovation programme which was designed to support innovative businesses. The evaluation focused on the experiences of the businesses on the programme and included detailed feedback taken from in depth interviews with participants. Members of the Enabling Innovation team were also interviewed and the final report was used to feed back to funders and to consider the design of future programmes.

Presenteeism decision-making

 Led by Dr Zara Whysall and Dr Maria Karanika-Murray (NTU Psychology)

This research looks into presenteeism – the act of working whilst experiencing physical or mental ill-health. Specifically, it explores the decision-making process that determines whether individuals work or take sick leave when experiencing ill-health. It aims to help organisations and employees understand how they can make the right decisions to maximise health, wellbeing and productivity. You can read more about the project here.


Led by Professor Daniel King

In collaboration with colleagues across the university, a range of methods has been developed that facilitates the evaluation of government and EU funded programmes. This includes:

  • Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sports 50+ Volunteering.
  • D2N2 Growth Hub ScaleUp
  • ERDF Enabling Innovation.See more here

Gendered Jobs

Led by Dr Val Caven and Dr Stefanos Nachmias

In collaboration with a major regional organisation, we are looking at the psycho-social influences of job choice and the impact this may have on the gender pay-gap. This research will be using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Coaching for Creativity – in Context

Led by Professor Helen Shipton and Dr Margarita Nyfoudi (University of Birmingham)

Coaching for Creativity is an innovative framework that optimises creativity and innovation in individuals and teams using coaching techniques. The framework uses in-depth data collection and analysis to identify skill gaps, inform insights with leadership and team members, and enhance defined competencies for organisational development and growth.