Aberdeen Business School research staff are involved in multidisciplinary research across business and enterprise, governance and society and information and communication.

Through our Research Themes and Graduate School we are proactively involved in research and knowledge exchange activities and outputs. These are underpinned by the core values of scientific integrity, transparency, fairness, collaboration, openness to ideas and real social and economic impact.

IMaGeS is designed to create focus and energy in themes relevant to the complex changes facing society in relation to:

Business & Enterprise

The Business and Enterprise theme covers a wide range of industries including the energy and tourism sectors as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.

Business and Enterprise theme logoInterests within the Business and Enterprise theme are in areas such as:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Marketing
  • Employee relations
  • Finance

Contact / Theme Leader: Professor Alistair Anderson

Business & Enterprise Research Members

Governance & Society

The Governance & Society theme explores the interfaces between governance and society at local, national and international scales.

Governance and Society theme logo Disciplines contributing to the G&S theme include:

  • Law
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Transport Policy

Governance and Society research staff are involved in international class multi- and interdisciplinary research whose underlying aim is to bring benefit to societies, economies and individuals.

Areas of Research

Current areas of research activity (and dissemination) include:

  • Care North and E Harbors - two European projects examining practical ways of reducing energy use and CO2 emissions from local transport and port activities, undertaken by researchers from IMaGeS and RGU's IDEAS Research Institute.
  • Effective Communication with Jurors in the UK - Collaboration between researchers in Law and Psychology looking at jurors understanding of evidence and legal process.
  • A Multidimensional Framework for Evaluating and Selecting Bankruptcy Prediction Models - Financial research aiming to develop a forecasting model to predict the business failures.
  • The UK Government's legislative ‘war on terror': legal, social and human rights outcomes - collaborative research between researchers in Sociology and Law
  • ‘Variated Civil Society: the Brussels offices of the regions' - A Research project in Public Policy funded by the British Academy
  • Do small town main streets still matter?- Multidisciplinary research looking at the relationship between small town main streets and cultural identity
  • Relatives' experience of post mortems - A Research project featuring researchers from Law and RGU's Health and Wellbeing Research Institute, funded by the NHS Endowment Fund.
  • A Global Study for the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) - A team from Accounting searched for good practice in the development and assessment of non-technical skills in accountancy trainees.
  • Socio-legal studies conference 2014. Major law conference being hosted by Governance and Society members.

Contact / Theme Leader:  Professor David Gray

Governance & Society Research Members

Information & Communication

This theme focuses on the use and impact of information and knowledge, with an emphasis on information user perspectives.

Information and Communication theme logo

The aim of the Information & Communication theme is to develop understanding of, and solutions to, information and communication challenges in society through quality research and practitioner engagement.  

Our Information and Communication research covers:

  • User Behaviours and Skills – integrates long-standing interests in information literacies, information behaviour and knowledge management.
  • Managing Information Assets – the role of information as an organisational or societal asset, and issues affecting its application.
  • Information Environments – the examination of specific information-centric contexts, such as libraries and publishers, as well as online and workplace environments.

Engagements and Outputs

Typical types of engagements undertaken by members of the Information and Communication theme include:

  • Externally-funded research projects (funding bodies include NHS, UNESCO, AHRC, and The EU)
  • Technology transfer partnerships (including Amor Group)
  • Consultancy work with public and private sector clients including Shell Expro and The United Nations

Events and Conferences

Making Connections Events

An occasional series of presentations and workshops bringing researchers and practitioners together to explore the implications of research into information literacy.

Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference

The Information and Communication group's biennial international conference brings together researchers working in traditionally separate user-focused fields of information literacy, information behaviour, and impact.  The conference addresses research questions and methodological issues, and informs research agendas.

We are also proud members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC Doctoral Training Centre
in Scotland) and its Information Science pathway

Contact/ Theme Leader: Dr Simon Burnett

Information & Communication Research Members