Our expertise

Our academics work on complex multi-disciplinary issues across all areas of business, focusing on the themes of: Sustainability, Accounting and Finance, Enterprise, Marketing, Work Psychology, Logistics, and Employment Relations. Find out more about specialist research and consultancy resources that can help you find the best solution for your organisation.

Accounting and finance

The Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC) is based at Sheffield University Management School. The centre' s research focuses on the implications and effects that accounting and financial decisions have on all stakeholders across society, and how the role of accounting and finance can contribute to sustainable societies.

  • Social and Environmental Accounting and Democratic Accountability
  • Responsible Finance and Social Banking
  • Research Methods for International Studies of Accounting and Finance

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Energy, environment and sustainability

The Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) is led by Faculty of Social Science at The University of Sheffield. Our research at CEES actively promotes the development and deployment of innovative ways to advance the understanding of energy, environment and sustainability for successful economies, with a low carbon future.

  • Carbon foot printing (accounting and management)
  • Low carbon technology and interventions deployment
  • Sustainable development
  • Climate change, environment
  • Resource poverty; security
  • Social preparedness in climate change
  • Green IT and digital futures
  • Low carbon building
  • Energy efficiency
  • Governance, policy and regulation
  • Eco-logistics

Centre for Decent Work

The research conducted by the Centre for Decent Work (CDW) focuses on contemporary developments in labour markets and the workplace. Much of the research undertaken by CDW takes a political economy perspective, examining how work and employment are affected by the interplay of changes in the social and economic policies of governments, national and international regulations and institutions, the strategies adopted by employers and trade unions, and shifts in the international division of labour.

  • Informal entrepreneurship
  • Bringing the undeclared economy out of the shadows: the role of temporary work agencies
  • The informal economy and poverty: evidence and policy review
  • Making the transition from informal to formal enterprise: barriers and policy solutions
  • Designing a survey of undeclared work in the European Union
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
  • Home-based business
  • The effectiveness of international cooperation to combat transnational organised crime

We are always keen to engage with new partners and clients to develop new collaborative projects or undertake commissioned research and evaluations.

Logistics and supply chain management

The University's global partnerships and research around Logistics and supply chain management are overseen by the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM). The LSCM Research Centre has global expertise in the fields of Sustainable Supply Chain, Innovative Models and Methods, Information Intense Supply Chains and Performance Measurement and Improvement.

Sustainable Supply Chain

  • Eco-logistics
  • Industrial eco-systems
  • Low carbon and green supply chain
  • Operations management
  • Reverse logistics
  • Sustainable development in supply chain
  • Transformational logistics

Information Intense Supply Chains

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • E-supply chain (e-commerce, e-business and e-organisation)
  • Knowledge management in supply chain
  • Extended ERP (ERPII)
  • Logistics information systems

Innovative Models and Methods

  • Carbon footprint framework
  • Enterprise network management
  • OASES methodologies
  • Supply chain management methodology
  • Supply chain mapping, appraisal and diagnostics
  • Supply chain modelling
  • Uncertainty modelling and management

Performance Measurement and Improvement

  • Supply chain accounting
  • Performance management of logistics and supply chain


Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
219 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP
Email: lscm@sheffield.ac.uk

Visit the LSCM website

Behavioural Research for Inclusivity, Sustainability and Technological Transformation (BRISTT)

BRISTT’s research focuses on the impact that consumption, services and technology have on societal wellbeing and the environment.

Organisational and marketing themes:

  • Environmental practices in SMEs
  • Environmental management practice
  • Social and environmental labelling
  • Sustainability claims
  • Sustainable luxury
  • The avoidance of greenwashing
  • Micro companies and ethical fashion
  • The use of social marketing to promote pro-environmental behaviour
  • Ethics of marketing to children and their understanding of marketing communications

Consumers and consumption themes:

  • Living a greener, more sustainable and more ethical lifestyles
  • Making sustainable and green consumption choices
  • Children as consumers
  • Consumers as investors in co-operative enterprises

For more information and to get in touch visit the BRISTT website.

Occupational and work psychology

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), based at Sheffield University Management School, is a world leader in understanding the way people drive organisational effectiveness. We provides a research-based management consultancy service for public and private sector organisations and associations.

Our aim is to help you improve organisational practice so as to boost organisational effectiveness and the well-being of those involved. We do this by disseminating the outcome of scientific research through practical application.

  • Manufacturing companies, both large and small
  • Local authorities
  • Hospital Trusts
  • Government departments
  • Call centres
  • Service and financial companies
  • Trade Unions
  • The Armed Forces
  • Aerospace companies

IWP also provides a statistical and data management consultancy and training service especially tailored to the needs of those working or studying in the social sciences; for further information, visit the Figure It Out website www.figureitout.org.uk

IWP provides a research-based management consultancy service for public and private sector organisations and associations. We bring together a multi-disciplinary team, which applies the latest research findings, methods and tools to provide solutions directly related to your needs. Through the IWP you can access the combined expertise of Organisational and Occupational Psychologists, Employment Relations, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Development, Socio-technical Systems specialists and Statisticians.

Visit the IWP website

Regional economic and enterprise development

The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) is an interdisciplinary research centre based within Sheffield University Management School. CREED is known for practical engagement around issues of enterprise and entrepreneurship, working with national and local governments, international organisations, as well as a wide variety of stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors.

We focus on understanding how enterprise and entrepreneurship can be utilised effectively to play a positive and constructive role for the benefit of individuals, organisations, societies and economies.

  • Informal entrepreneurship and undeclared work
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship policy
  • Local and regional economic development
  • Small and micro business management and growth
  • Work and employment in SMEs
  • Social enterprise and third sector entrepreneurship

For more information and to get in touch visit the CREED website.

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