Research Centres

Our Research Centres have each been established as a platform from which we respond to emerging research topics. They foster a sharpened focus on specific areas of enquiry and promote increased visibility and impact for our research. Proposals for new Research Centres follow a prescribed approvals process and each Centre undergoes a formal review every three years.

Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) (Aston Business School and Warwick Business School)

The ERC is an independent research centre which conducts policy relevant research on SME growth and development.

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Advanced Services Group (ASG)

Servitization is about manufacturers moving away from seeing themselves just as companies that sell products, towards being providers of services that help customers to improve their own businesses. 

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Aston Centre for Retail Insights (ACRI)

The ACRI conducts relevant, cutting-edge research, using the latest techniques to analyse and make sense of data. Research is being conducted in the four areas of customer insights, retail strategy, retail mix, and retail/service innovation & technology.

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Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity (LBP)

The Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity (LBP) is funded by Lloyds Banking Group and operated by Aston Business School (ABS). It is a network of researchers and experts across national and international networks, with core strengths in the areas of productivity, trade, international economics and business, skills, regional economic growth, and practice-oriented enhancement of for-profit and also social enterprise performance. 

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Cross-Disciplinary Research Centres

Cross-disciplinary Research Centres span disciplinary boundaries to enable focused and collaborative research with other Schools of Study at Aston University:

Aston Indian Centre for Applied Research (AICAR)

The Aston Indian Centre for Applied Research (AICAR) brings together the expertise of world-renowned academics and practitioners to carry out cutting edge research and provide consultancy that is directly relevant to today’s dynamic business environment. 

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European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)

EBRI delivers World-class research into all aspects of bioenergy, ranging from fundamental research through development, to deployment of innovative technologies, in collaboration with industry.

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