Kent Business School Autumn Research Newsletter

By Jessica Cockell, Research Manager, Kent Business School

I am pleased to introduce our autumn research newsletter. This edition provides you with an insight into how we are supporting and developing research at Kent Business School. We are welcoming a larger number of PhD students this year, to both the new Sibson building in Canterbury and also to Medway, including eight scholarship students. As part of the Mock REF exercise, the School is renewing its focus on evidencing the impact our research has on policy, practice and people’s experiences.

One way we can measure our engagement in national conversations about industry, economies and the higher education sector itself, is through our academic’s participation in the press. The items below give you a sense of the relevance of our research, and are an interesting way to find out a little about their research areas, in an applied context and accessible format – Jessica Cockell, Research Manager.

Kent Business School Press Coverage

Professor Jeremy Howells Dyson is emerging as a major disruptor in the car industry

Professor Soo Hee Lee Demeaning universities is a dangerous game

Professor Yannis Georgellis Workers in high unemployment regions are more loyal

Arvind Lall Tax:evasion or avoidance



Professor Roman Matousek wins Erasmus+ capacity building award 

Professor of Banking and Finance, Roman Matousek, has won an Erasmus+ capacity building award in the area of Joint Enterprise University Learning.

Eight PhD Scholarships awarded to KBS students 

Kent Business School is pleased to announce that eight scholarships have been awarded to promising research students, including four Vice Chancellor Scholarships. Read more.

Dr Virginia Spiegler to give opening keynote speech at The Crowd Forum on Sustainable Supply Transformation

Dr Spiegler has been invited to speak in London on 6 November on how the confluence of two mega trends is radically transforming global supply chains. Read more.


Workshop: Developing the Management Studies Community

event In April 2018, Kent Business School will host a Society for the Advancement of Management Studies funded training workshop, as organised by Dr Adolf Acquaye.

*Registration details will be released closer to the event, but please contact Dr Adolf Acquaye at for further information.  


Expert Comment: Building Blockchain Technology into the Global Food Supply Chain 

Dr Virginia Spiegler, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Kent Business School comments on the future of the global food supply chain and whether transparency can be achieved in the era of digitalisation; from blockchain technology to the Internet of Everything (IoE). Read the full article.


An Interview with PhD Marketing Scholarship Recipient: Ireene Leoncio

For more than a decade, Ireene Leoncio, an international PhD scholarship student, worked in brand management and marketing for Unilever and Nestle before applying to study her PhD at Kent Business School in ‘Curative International Marketing.’ Ireene’s research will focus on the skin lightening mega trend in Asia. Read the full interview.


New Appointments

Jeremy Howells, Professor of Innovation who has just joined us as a leading international researcher on innovation and has taught at Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford universities.

George Saridakis will be joining us in early December as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. George is currently based at Kingston where he is linked to the internationally regarded small business research centre.


Get in touch

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter, if you would like to contribute to future editions or have a story to share, please email us at

Jessica Cockell
Research Manager
Kent Business School

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