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Fair and sustainable economies

We co-create knowledge to support the development of economies that deliver shared prosperity and environmental sustainability, and work with governments and partners to address inequalities and promote full economic participation and inclusion.

Our collective inter-disciplinary research expertise enables us to focus on:

  • investigating the ‘productivity puzzle’
  • identifying macro-economic enablers
  • addressing employment and pay gaps
  • creating models of financial inclusion
  • advancing green energy, technologies, systems and processes
  • promoting diversity in entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

Economic and environmental sustainability

Our work on economic and environmental sustainability is led by the Welsh Economy Research Unit, an authoritative source on regional economic, social and environmental impact analysis with specific expertise on Wales.

We’ve also invested in research on green and sustainable logistics, sustainable business operations on emerging economies and sustainable city brands, in addition to working within University-wide interdisciplinary Centres and Institutes to investigate aspects of the sustainable economy and accelerate impact. These include:

Economic participation and inclusion

Our researchers determine why women, disabled people and BAME communities continue to be excluded from economic participation. Funded by the Office of Manpower Economics, Dr Ezgi Kaya and Professor Melanie Jones have evaluated the size of the gender pay gap within UK public sector and informed the work of the independent public sector pay review bodies. While in 2018, Honorary Fellow Dr Alison Parken received an OBE for her role in developing an evidence base for promoting socio-economic equality through policymaking in organisational practices.

Many organisations today follow and implement equality legislation enforced by the government. But there are also firms committed to equality and diversity taking positive steps driven by good business practice and not by legislation. These organisations make principles of diversity and inclusion the norm by constantly reviewing their culture and recruitment practices. They enforce zero tolerance policies on bullying and harassment. They also proactively offer flexible working conditions and childcare facilities, which means greater accessibility for working mothers and fathers. And more and more we’re seeing organisations set equality and diversity targets and measure progress against them.

Dr Ezgi Kaya Lecturer in Economics

Within the broader context of women’s economic participation, Dr Shumaila Yousafzai and Professor Tim Edwards have led research and engagement work on the experiences of women entrepreneurs, collaborating with BAME communities in Cardiff and with Yaina Samuels - a social entrepreneur and one of our Public Value Entrepreneurs in Residence. In addition to their research outputs, their work has led to valuable engagement, learning and teaching opportunities for staff, students and our local community in Cardiff.

Making a difference through our research

Our research impacts on people and policy, making a difference to our economy, to society and our environment.

The productivity puzzle

Leading expert in productivity and small business, Professor Andrew Henley is the Wales lead for a new £32m ESRC-funded Productivity Institute, which aims to lay foundations for a new era of sustained and inclusive economic growth.

Research by Dr Alison Parken and Professor Rachel Ashworth demonstrates that gender mainstreaming shapes action on gender segregation and reduces pay gaps, with particular success in women's low-paid employment.

Professor Max Munday and Dr Andrea Collins worked together with UK Sport to examine the economic and environmental impact of major sporting events.

Related people

Professor Rachel Ashworth

Professor Rachel Ashworth

Dean and Head of School

Email
ashworthre@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5842
Dr Alison Parken

Dr Alison Parken

Lecturer in Management, Employment and Organisation

Email
parkena@cardiff.ac.uk
Professor Max Munday

Professor Max Munday

Director of Welsh Economy Research Unit

Email
mundaymc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5089
Dr Andrea Collins

Dr Andrea Collins

Senior Lecturer

Email
collinsa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0279
Professor Andrew Henley

Professor Andrew Henley

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics, Director of Research Engagement and Impact

Email
henleya@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5392
Dr Ezgi Kaya

Dr Ezgi Kaya

Lecturer in Economics

Email
kayae@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
029 2087 0757
Professor Melanie Jones

Professor Melanie Jones

Professor of Economics

Email
jonesm116@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
029 2087 5079
Professor Tim Edwards

Professor Tim Edwards

Pro-Dean for Research, Impact and Innovation
Professor of Organisation and Innovation Analysis

Email
edwardstj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6385
Dr Shumaila Yousafzai

Dr Shumaila Yousafzai

Reader (Associate Professor) in Entrepreneurship

Email
yousafzais@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 208 75843