Research at the Department of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Our team produce world-leading research in collaboration with business, government, and academic institutions in a cross-disciplinary partnership to deliver insights into a range of research themes.

Closely associated with the Research Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE), we support leading research that explores the societal and management impact of the digital economy.


Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CODE)

Research themes

Our key research clusters span a diverse range of subject matters. 

Digital platforms and new business ecosystems
  • Business strategy in the age of digital competition
  • Ecosystems emergence and evolution
  • Digital platform innovation
  • Digital platforms, ecosystems performance and governance
  • Digital platforms and international development
  • Digital value creation and capture and digital business models
Digital transformation of government
  • Open data and digital transformation in the public sector
  • Digital government
  • Open data, digital transformation and innovation in the public sector
Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Emerging working practices in the digital age
  • Scale-ups in the digital economy
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Failure and legitimacy in entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and business angel
Ethics and privacy of big data
  • Ethics and AI
  • Governance and business responsibilities of digitalisation
  • Responsible innovation in the digital economy
  • Artificial intelligence and business decision making
Social innovation and sustainability
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Cultural entrepreneurship in global challenges
  • Sustainable innovation for social inclusion
  • Social impact investing and responsible management
  • Unintended consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship
Social media
  • Evolution of social media platforms
  • Automation and the digital advertising ecosystem
  • Emotions, communication and interactions in social media platforms

Research projects

Government as a Platform (GaaP): New digital government models for the UK and Latin America


This research is a key role-player in generating knowledge and providing practical advice for understanding, implementing and fostering policy in digital transformations in the UK and Latin America government organisations.


It has influenced a major shift in thinking about Government as a Platform (GaaP), towards improving citizen engagement, digitising and opening-up government to increase public value.

In addition, this research aims to democratise access to services and foster the social and economic development of communities around government data-driven services.

Principal investigators

Research at Surrey Business School

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Surrey Business School
Rik Medlik Building
University of Surrey