Collaborative research provides the opportunity for businesses and Liverpool Hope University academics to work in partnership to develop ideas, products and services that will have a real impact on economic, environmental and social issues. Guidance is also provided on Intellectual Property Rights.
Examples of current collaborative research include:
The SEED Centre is the UK’s first university research, teaching and enterprise centre that formally bridges the worlds of social enterprise and ethical business. Established through funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), the SEED Centre provides international academic leadership in the area of social and ethical enterprise (SEE) scholarship, together with offering research-informed teaching on the principles, practice and formation of SEEs.
In addition, it is actively engaged in developing a range of sustainable and highly entrepreneurial revenue-generating projects, including new applications for 3G mobile platforms, to assist ethical consumers; and creating ‘safari-opportunities’ for enterprise leaders from different national and regional territories to visit alternative SEE models in other countries.
It is directed by Dr Bob Doherty, Head of Hope Business School, a pre-eminent international expert in Fair Trade, formerly Marketing Director of Divine Chocolate and, currently, Editor-in-Chief of the Social Enterprise Journal (Emerald Publishing). SEED’s Deputy Director is Revd Tony Bradley, with twenty-five years of experience in managing SEEs and teaching, writing and consulting on organisational leadership and change.
Based at Liverpool Hope, the Centre brings together security and innovation in all their forms. For security, this relates to military security, public policy and political security, societal and human security, economic security, environmental security and information/cyber security. For innovation we are interested in how research and development (R&D) happens, open innovation, innovation clusters, user innovation, lead user innovation, open source principles and innovation toolkits.
The Centre undertakes applied research and works with partners from each of these sectors to help introduce and improve innovation practices. We work with businesses, governments, the armed services, emergency services, education, banking and finance, manufacturing and production, service and commerce industries.
In summary, the Centre has its roots in academic activity but engagement and partnership with external organisations, companies and industry are vital. The overall idea is that for universities, a new model initiating and linking applied research to specific business innovation challenges, needs and practices, is the way forward. Our main goal is to form partnerships and collaborations, matching academic research with organisational R&D to business innovation.