Our research has been published in world leading  journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Research Policy, Journal of Business Research, Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of World Business, British Journal of Management among many more. Our research collaborations and networks are spread across the world and we regularly engage with external stakeholders to maximize the impact of our research. Notable external partners include Royal Mail, World Bank, WIPO, Surrey County Council, Surrey Chamber of Commerce, Rolls Royce, SAS, Deloitte and many more.

We are closely linked to the newly formed Centre for Business Analytics in Practice within Surrey Business School, dedicated to bringing our in-house expertise in business analytics and computational modelling to solving real world problems.

Research themes

Business and data analytics

  • Data driven decision making
  • Optimization
  • Information systems
  • Systems modelling
  • Zero carbon transitions

Innovation and technology management

  • University-industry linkages
  • Digital platforms and ecosystems
  • Blockchain and business models
  • Economics of green energy

Operations and logistics

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Lean and agile manufacturing
  • Reverse logistics


  • Extractive industries
  • Transition to green energy
  • Zero carbon transition

Research projects

Active projects

Formalising artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa

Principal investigator: Professor Gavin Hilson

Centre for Business Analytics in Practice

The Centre for Business Analytics in Practice is a multi-disciplinary research centre with the vision of using analytics for better decision-making. Our focus at the Centre is to investigate how data of any size can help organisations succeed through fact-based, data-driven, proactive decision-making.