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RIBEN Director at high profile London think tank event -10 July

ESRC RIBEN Director Prof Wrigley is one of the lead speakers at Politeia...

RIBEN at the BIS Committee evidence inquiry

On Tuesday 21 May, the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee held its first evidence session for its inquiry into the UK Retail Sector.

RIBEN Director invited by MP to join national Forum

RIBEN Director Prof Neil Wrigley was asked by Local Growth Minister Mark Prisk to join the newly-formed national 'Future High Streets Forum'.

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2nd High Street Futures Event - 7 Feb

The second \'High Street Futures\' expert scoping panel took place with great success in London on February 7, 2013.

ESRC RIBEN Doctoral Event - 25 January 2013 Oxford

On the 25th January 2013, ESRC RIBEN organised a one day event for all ESRC RIBEN doctoral students.

1st 'High Street Futures' Expert Scoping Panel - 25&26 September 2012

The first of a series of expert scoping panels of the 'High Street Futures' project took place with great success in London on the 25&26 of September.


The RIBEN (Retail Industry Business Engagement Network) project

RIBEN brings together three of the UK's leading retail research groups at the Universities of Southampton, Oxford and Leeds. Together these groups have some of the strongest existing research partnerships with the retail industry, plus long-standing records of research funding involving industry. The three groups will seek to foster wider engagement of UK university-based social scientists with the retail industry, both directly, and also via acting as 'hubs' through which other researchers with retail and consumption interests can more effectively engage in knowledge production and transfer with the industry.

The collective research capabilities of RIBEN's partner research groups at Southampton, Oxford and Leeds include expertise on issues of:

  • retail innovation and entrepreneurship
  • retail competition, regulation, planning and development
  • retail marketing, and retail information/network planning systems
  • internationalization and retail performance in the global economy
  • sustainability
  • CSR and responsible/ethical sourcing
  • e-commerce and multichannel retailing.

The RIBEN cluster is one of six clusters funded by the ESRC to support the exchange of knowledge and capacity building. In common with other 'capacity building clusters' RIBEN has received core support from ESRC, consisting of a package of resources targeted directly at retail firms, including:

  • ESRC CASE doctoral studentship awards
  • Business vouchers for small and medium sized entrerprises in the retail sector to assess 'business relevant' university research expertise
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
  • Business placement awards to enable ESRC-funded students at other UK Universities to work with retail industry partners

To learn more about ESRC Capacity Building Clusters, please follow this link: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/collaboration/knowledge-exchange/opportunities/Capacity-building.aspx