Leadership and Social Innovation

Management, Social Innovation and Culture

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The Centre for Economics and Management provides a home for research in these areas, offering a lively and active environment for research and economics and management.  In the REF 2014 exercise 90% of work submitted by Keele Management School researchers was judged to be of international standard, with 49% achieving the top two grades denoting world leading and internationally excellent research (3* and 4*).

The Centre is actively engaged in frontier research and present their work at national and international conferences, and publish in leading journals.  Research is funded from a range of bodies that include the ESRC, the DFID, charities and central government departments.  The Centre is comprised of four research groups:


Social Innovation

Research Centres and clusters in this area include:

Community Animiation and Social Centre (CASIC) is rooted in Keele University's tradition of multi and trans-disciplinary research and its commitment to community engagement as reflected in the Strategic Plan.  The Centre builds on existing relations with the award-winning New Vic Theatre, with which Keele developed a specific methodolgy of knowledge creation and of community engagement, entitled 'Cultural Animation'.

The Centre for Social Policy brings together more than 50 staff and over 100 doctoral students working within and across Criminology, Education, Health and Public Policy, Human Georgraphy, Social Gerantology, Sociology and Social Work.  Our research is marked out by a collaborative ethos and a sustained commitment to working across disciplines.  The focus is on theoretically informed research that engages with policy and practice.  The Centre includes social scientists working in all three faculties within the University.

The Centre for Social Gerontology has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching focusing on social and critical analyses of ageing and later life.  Drawing on a variety of disciplinary perspectives, the Centre specialises in conducting research that is relevant to public policy concerns.  In recent years, substantive projects have explored new housing and care options for older people, the situations of older people living in disadvantaged urban and rural communities; ageing with HIV and other chronic conditions; health promotion inititaves in later life; ageing without children; and older people's participation in creative and cultural activities.


For more information about Leadership, Social Innovation and Culture at Keele University please contact:

Ann Pittard - Head of Partnerships (Humanities and Social Sciences).   Email: a.pittard@keele.ac.uk Tel: 01782 734498