Futures of Responsible Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About this Programme

Entrepreneurship is a future-creating practice that demonstrates the power and value of human agency.  This programme is concerned with the ways that entrepreneurship and innovation are shaping sustainable and responsible futures, and how the necessary skills and values can be developed.   

The programme contributes to SDGs 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, principally SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 12, Responsible Production and Consumption

Example Projects



Entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviour, cultural values and negotiation styles, informal entrepreneurship, and responsible entrepreneurship education.

Dr Andrea Caputo’s research (see publications) address entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviour, cultural values and negotiation styles, informal entrepreneurship, and responsible entrepreneurship education.

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Sustainable Production 4.0: Exchanging Knowledge and Setting a Common Research Agenda

Professor Charbel Jabbour has been funded by UK-Brazil Newton Fund for this collaborative research, approved in 2020. This has already led to research and publications related to Brazil, Malaysia, India and Indonesia. The target group is manufacturing and distribution companies to reduce ecological damage in supply chains. We are in the process of linking this area of research to the aims of the UNESCO Chair.

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Diaspora-influenced products as a means of improving the economic sustainability

Dr Mahfuzur Rahman research on diaspora-influenced products as a means of improving the economic sustainability, for example where Indian products are introduced to the UK and are now culturally adopted. The approach is conceptualised as 'diaspora cultural capital'.

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Innovations in entrepreneurship education, with a focus on Nigeria

Dr Paul Igwe research programme is on innovations in entrepreneurship education, with a focus on Nigeria.  In this project Paul has collaborated with our UNESCO HEI partners in Nigeria and developed a strong network of university leaders.  The key issue is developing Nigerian HEIs to be able to provide suitable education for the skills and knowledge needed to develop the counties economy is a sustainable way.  Dr Igwe and Dr Rahman are leading a project on the digital economy funded by the British Council on the Innovation for African Universities (IAU) programme, working in partnership with the African Development Institute of Research Methodology (ADIRM) and Coal City University, Enugu, Nigeria with a network of universities in Nigeria.  He has also considered the significance of informal entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurship as part of the entrepreneurial ecology of the country, and which universities should form part of, but often do not. As well as academic outputs, Paul brings his work into public debate in the national press.

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The strategic use of enzyme based technologies in the Bangladesh textile industry

Dr Mahfuzur Rahman and Professor Md. Morsaline Billah have completed a two-year post-doctoral research project on the strategic use of enzyme based technologies in the Bangladesh textile industry, funded by the UK Commonwealth Commission. The purpose is to investigate the opportunities to reduce harm on water supplies in Bangladesh by replacing chemical dyes with enzyme based dyes and to discuss the consequences of this with the textile industry stakeholders.

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Tourism development and poverty alleviation

Professor Shrabani Saha is working with colleagues to research this issue and provide information to regional governments enterprises. She has been working with Prof. Goyari from the University of Hyderabad to study tourism development and poverty alleviation; carbon dioxide emissions from tourism, economic growth and political instability and tourism.  She is also Principal Investigator on a significant Qatar National Research Funding (QNRF) research project with colleagues from Australia and Qatar to inform ways to develop sustainable tourism beyond 2022.

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