Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group
The aim of the Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group is to facilitate the entrepreneurship research environment and become an exemplar in supporting land based entrepreneurship within the rural economy.
There is a global need to develop longitudinal research into rural entrepreneurship, covering the core themes of enterprise education, starting a new venture, growing a business and agricultural innovation clusters. This is achieved at the RAU through collaboration across academic subjects, with partner organisations and international universities.
Four research themes have been developed to help establish and develop research discussion and support for research students. These themes cover a range of contemporary rural enterprise issues, which support research funding and publication.
- Rural Enterprise Education & Support
- Venture Creation, Business Growth & Scaling
- Rural Ecosystem, Finance & Economy
- Agricultural Innovation & Technology
Business and Entrepreneurship Research seeks to develop a strong base of research students, to support its research capacity and output and develop the next generation of informed rural entrepreneurship researchers. Research students will be supported by monthly research meetings, end of semester group presentations and events connecting researchers to entrepreneurs and industry.
The RAU greatly values knowledge exchanges so our research findings are disseminated through our excellent connections with local, national and international rural entrepreneur groups. We also encourage all our research students to publish widely and take part in relevant subject specialist conferences.
The centre has a pool of research active staff with extensive international industry experience and the necessary expertise to supervise postgraduate research degrees in the following topics:
- Agribusiness including international agriculture competitiveness
- Functional foods
- Entrepreneurship in agriculture
- Agricultural economics
Members of staff have been involved in many consultancy projects related to agribusiness, competitiveness and the impact of regional agreements in the UK and overseas. They have researched extensively and have authored and co-authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and The Farmers Club. They are regular contributors at international conferences and seminars.