Ahead of the new academic year, The School of Management and Social Sciences (MSS) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, launched a new Research Cluster on Globalisation Governance and the Digital Economy, led by Professor Emanuela Todeva.
The cluster, that has actively mobilised the energy of academic staff, has already facilitated two research presentations, three conference participations and four published journal articles. Lead contributors to the cluster activities are Professor Merlin Stone, Dr Eleni Aravopoulou, and Dr Anthony Davies amongst others.
The cluster is aligned with the school strengthening its capabilities in the field of International Business Management – in line with the launch of its International Business Management Master’s degree, in partnership with business school, EMD Marseilles, France.
Prof Philip Booth, Director of Research & Public Engagement at St Mary’s commented,
"St Mary’s has an established culture of research and scholarship, concentrated in hubs of excellence.
"In recognition of the fact that many of our academics have extensive national and international networks, our approach to the development of research clusters will offer even greater opportunities for collaborative working. The Globalisation Governance and the Digital Economy Research Cluster is an excellent example of this vision in practice."
"Our approach to the development of research clusters will offer even greater opportunities for collaborative working."
Prof Philip Booth
Members of the cluster work on research projects leading to publications in the field of Business models and strategy, education policy and Higher Education Institutions models, Platforms and Data, innovation strategies and applications, governance and management, regional development and entrepreneurship.
In addition to a coordinated research effort, the group runs it’s own ‘Publication Engine’ aiming to support colleagues to convert their areas of research into value-added academic publications.
Members of the group include Emanuela Todeva, Professor of International Business Strategy and Innovation, who has over 25 years of academic experience working for a number of UK higher education institutions, and published over 25 academic articles in refereed journals and a portfolio of book chapters, and is the author of 'Business Networks: Strategy and Structure' (Routledge); and Merlin Stone, a Professor at St Mary’s, focusing on Marketing and Strategy, having begun his working life lecturing in marketing and economics, moving then into industry and most recently working with both universities and corporate clients.
Prof Emanuela Todeva added,
“My colleagues and I are delighted to have put into place the Globalisation, Governance and the Digital Economy Research Cluster, which will undoubtedly enrich our research culture, expedite outputs which contribute to the overall REF assessment environment, and enhance the publication of academic thought in international business, management, marketing and governance, as well as offering a greater level of support to our Masters students here at St Mary’s.”
“We look forward to what we hope will be a challenging and rewarding inaugural year for the group, having already collaborated to produce some 13 new or revised publications this summer alone.”
"My colleagues and I are delighted to have put into place the Globalisation, Governance and the Digital Economy Research Cluster, which will undoubtedly enrich our research culture, expedite outputs which contribute to the overall REF assessment environment, and enhance the publication of academic thought..."
Prof Emanuela Todeva