We take an interdisciplinary, stakeholder-based approach to identify the drivers, processes and outcomes of innovation, and evaluate the social, financial and behavioural consequences of technical and technological change.
Our emphasis on responsible innovation has prompted extensive research on sustainable supply chains, green logistics and ensuring community benefits from public and private procurement.
We’ve used our breadth of expertise in this field as a catalyst to promote responsible innovation across Cardiff University and the wider Cardiff region, by:
- engaging in large-scale collaborations, such as ASTUTE where we partner with SMEs
- leading the development of Cardiff University’s new social science research park – sbarc | SPARK
- partnering with sector leaders, such as DSV-Panalpina, to develop industry-wide sustainable processes and systems
- collaborating with Y Lab, the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales
- coordinating Responsible Innovation Network events and initiatives
- establishing the Centre for Innovation Policy Research
- collaborating with the Schools of Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.
Responsible Innovation Network
Experts in the fields of organisation studies and marketing, Professors Tim Edwards and Luigi De Luca, founded our Responsible Innovation Network (RIN) to encourage collaborative relationships and ‘promote the understanding, practice and diffusion of responsible innovation’.
The Network operates at the forefront of internationally significant interdisciplinary research, supporting female and refugee entrepreneurs; ensuring technology-driven innovations designed in Africa and Latin America are consistent with local community preferences and sustainability; deploying funding to engage Cardiff school children in the responsible use of social media; and tackling high indoor temperatures and producing sustainable income streams for families in Nigeria.
Forecasting for social good
Dr Bahman Rostami-Tabar holds a Public Value Engagement Fellowship focused on research and engagement activities on forecasting for social good. Scholars have used forecasting as a planning tool which helps organisations determine future financial performance.
Dr Rostami-Tabar uses forecasting techniques to anticipate the future needs of people and places. This has led to the co-production of research impact with the International Red Cross, the Welsh Ambulance Service and the NHS.
Making a difference through our research
Our research impacts on people and policy, making a difference to our economy and to society.
Dr Jane Lynch’s award-winning Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the School of Psychology and St. David's Children Society has strengthened adoption services, by finding and therapeutically supporting permanent homes for children who wait the longest for a family.
Professors Jonathan Gosling and Mohamed Naim have worked with partners across the highways and operations sectors to enhance procurement capability in organisations carrying out major infrastructure projects.
Professor Aris Syntetos worked with colleagues from EM Lyon Business School, the Technical University of Darmstadt and a trade association in Brussels to investigate inventory inaccuracies to discover whether precise stocktaking can help increase sales.