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Social and Sustainable Enterprise

Leading Research in Social Enterprise and Sustainability

The UK is a hotbed of social enterprise, home to thousands of thoughtful and successful businesses that reinvest profits into social problems, communities, the environment and bettering people's life chances. Since 2000, the academics and research students at CEEDR have worked at the forefront of research into this thriving sector.

Leading the charge

In addition to a number of influential projects for different government departments, CEEDR was the social enterprise lead in the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Third Sector Research Centre and directed the ESRC Social Enterprise Research Capacity Building Cluster. We are now leading a stream of work on alternative enterprise and investment for the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

What happens next?

At CEEDR, we're always thinking about how our research will help shape practice and government policy that will benefit social and sustainable enterprises. Our research also feeds into a number of courses, including those run by CEEDR and guest lectures in different modules across the Business School. Moreover, it also supports the growing PhD programme within CEEDR. The research has been used to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Social Enterprise with over 50,000 registering so far.

You can find out more about the impact of our research on both policy and practice, including relevant case studies by following this link and watching our video reel on supporting social enterprises through research: the Middlesex contribution.

Recent Research Projects

Here are just a selection of our recent research projects on social and sustainable enterprise. Click on the titles to find out more information about each project:

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