Productivity and Prosperity

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We explore the mechanisms driving the success and wellbeing of individuals, organisations and society by drawing on our long history of working with local, national and international businesses and policymakers on issues around economic development.  

Our expertise in this theme cuts across topics such as the development and adoption of technologies, human capital and skills development, financial and social inclusion, and sustainable innovation to promote increased productivity and widespread prosperity. 

The outcomes of our research help businesses to innovate, promote more productive employment practice, and make sure that fair and responsible policies are enacted.

This work aligns with several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including those on Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9), Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12). 

Our impact in this theme: Improving plant operations through innovative software products

 Research and Enterprise: Improving plant operations through innovative software products

Expertise in this theme

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Through research developed in the theme, we look to understand the strategies and policies needed to promote sustainable economic growth, improve productivity, and contribute to the prosperity of individuals and societies. This work includes our interdisciplinary expertise in: 

  • Robotics and automation, in particular through the North of England Robotics Innovation Institute  

  • Immersive technologies, including the Immersive Technologies Hub at Media City 

  • Centre for Digital Innovation  

  • Data Science and AI Hub  

  • Community finance solutions  

  • Work and welfare, including the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit 

  • Novel materials


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