Manchester Metropolitan University

Real World Impact

The Faculty of Business and Law delivers outstanding research that addresses some of the biggest challenges facing contemporary society.

This impact series shows the breadth and depth of activities that are taking place in the Faculty in a range of diverse areas that are making a real difference.

Grounded in high quality research, these projects are having an impact beyond academia. Examples of impact include changing opinions, influencing practitioners, informing decisions and affecting government policy.

Categories: Economics, Policy and International Business, Law, Marketing, Retail and Tourism, Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management, Place Management, People and Performance, Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

 

Economics, Policy and International Business

Professor Hamed El-Said

Writing the United Nations’ Prevention of Violent Extremism Strategy

The strategy is the most important policy document affecting the policies of member states, all of which have to adopt its elements and implement them.

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OnlineRead the UN’s plan of action to prevent violent extremism

Professor Kevin Albertson

‘How to strip down the machinery of state and give it a good servicing’

Haynes’ manuals are usually the domain of DIY enthusiasts, motor heads and model kit makers. However, for the run-up to the 2015 General Election, the publisher commissioned a number of experts including Prof Kevin Albertson to explain in ‘plain English’ how the UK’s system works.

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OnlineSee the book on the Haynes website

Law

Professor Mark James

Ticketing and touting: what is a ticket and when can it be traded

The relationship between sports fans and tickets to sporting events is legally and culturally ambiguous. This ambiguity manifests itself in perceptions of what a ticket is and what can, or cannot, be done with it.

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OnlineManchester Centre for Law and Society

Professor Stephen Whittle

Considered the World’s leading expert on transgender law

Co-founding Press For Change (PFC), the UK’s transgender lobbying group, PFC successfully fought cases for trans people at the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice, and the UK House of Lords to gain anti-discrimination protection and health care access.

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OnlineSylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre

Maz Idriss

Raising awareness and providing support for male survivors of honour-based violence and/or forced marriages

Working with male survivors of honour-based violence and/or forced marriages is in collaboration with the Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service and Nottinghamshire Community Housing Association.

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Dr Kay Lalor

Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it

Grown out of the International Symposium ‘Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it?’, contributions were published as an edited collection: ‘Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it?’

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OnlineDownload the book

Marketing, Retail and Tourism

Dr Bex Lewis

Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster

The Imperial War Museum commissioned Bex to write a book telling the story behind ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, identifying how the development of the digital age has contributed to the slogan’s popularity.

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OnlineRead more about the project on Bex’s website

Dr Timothy Jung

Bringing the past to life at Manchester Jewish Museum

A mobile application was built to demonstrate how augmented reality could be used to add an element of interactivity, providing users with more information about the artefacts displayed in the Manchester Jewish Museum as well as ‘gamifying’ the visitor experience for children.

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OnlineRead more about the project

Dr Amna Khan

Investigating South Asian Muslim gift giving practices

Featuring 90 contributions, an oral history project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund captured insights into Muslims gift-giving behaviour.

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OnlineRead more on the project website

Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Professor Keith Still

Establishing facts in a ‘post-truth’ era using crowd science

The New York Times commissioned Professor Still to analyse the crowd attending the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in 2017.

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OnlineRead the New York Times article

People and Performance

Professor Carol Atkinson & Dr Sarah Crozier

Research commissioned by the Welsh Government sheds light on conditions in care sector (2016)

Led by Professor Carol Atkinson, researchers from the Faculty of Business and Law’s Centre for People and Performance recommend increased adoption of secure contracts for the majority of domiciliary care workers and for zero-hour contracts to be used sparingly.

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OnlineRead the report on the Welsh Government website

Professor Ben Lupton

Providing HR Support for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The project, funded by the JP Morgan Foundation and delivered through CIPD, pilots interventions designed to release the potential of SME workforces through better people management strategies and practices.

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OnlineRead the CIPD press release

Professor Julia Rouse & Dr Helen Woolnough

Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL)

The GROWL project uses a methodology of ‘Engaged Scholarship’ in working with organisations within the Northern Powerhouse to explore how to generate better routes for women leaders.

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OnlineRead more about GROWL on the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre website

Place Management

Professor Cathy Parker

High Street UK 2020: Revitalising the nation’s town centres through research

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), High Street UK 2020 looked at the impact changes to retailing in the UK and the effects they were having on town and city centres.

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OnlineRead the project page on the Institue of Place Management website

Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Dr Sai Nudurupati

Improving innovation with an Italian icon

Sai led a KTP project which contributed to the development key strategic targets of the Pirelli group, such as revenue growth of over £1.8m and an increase in profitability of over £960,000.

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