Portsmouth Business School



FARFISH project - Examining overfishing across the globe.


The Ivory Project - exploring the extent of the trade in ivory goods.

While 2017 saw a name change (we are now the Faculty of Business and Law [BaL] rather than Portsmouth Business School [PBS]) we have continued to build on our research successes of recent years. For the second year in succession we have captured two important EU grants. Alessio Ishizaka and his team of Operations Researchers landed the CLIC project which seeks to identify models for improving returns in the sphere of cultural heritage, while the governance work package for the EU Pandora project will be delivered by Pierre Failler. Pierre also captured two further grants to value ecosystems in African Marine Reserves, while Ashraf Labib won an important CREST project which examines how to make better judgements from existing information. New KTPs were won by Chris Simms (Bounce) and Mark Xu/Philip Brabazon (Entec). For my part I completed work for FAO which tries (for the first time ever) to put an economic value on the world’s inland fisheries.

We are pleased that the University has now launched its five key research themes, and delighted that two of these Theme Directors, Leila Choukroune (Democratic Citizenship) and Peter Lee (Risk and Security) are located in BaL. Our partnership with the European University Institute in Florence has borne further fruit, with Dan Bedford (Law) helping host an international conference on human dignity. Colleagues have continued to be active in the public arena, offering expert comment upon areas as varied as: credit card charges (Joanne Atkinson), gender stereotypes in advertising (Karen Middleton), text messages as ‘wills’ (Juliet Brook), ten years on from the credit crunch (Alexis Stenfors), breast cancer in India (Judith Fletcher-Brown) and the unfolding human rights disaster in Indonesia (Tom Smith).

Our growing international standing complements our reputation for organisational excellence, and makes Portsmouth an attractive conference location. In 2017 we hosted conferences on behalf of the Association of Law Teachers (April), PROMETHEE (May), the European Microfinance Platform (June), and the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) (June), while the key event on our conference calendar in 2018 this year is likely to be the Fair Trade International Symposium scheduled for late June 2018.

Our success has seen the University commit to funding further staff growth across all our subject areas. We have therefore been able to appoint a number of new Professors to help enhance our growing reputation in research. 2017 saw the arrival of Martina Battisti (from Massey, NZ), Diego Vasquez Brust (Royal Holloway), Leila Choukroune (Csh, Delhi), Shubhankar Dam (City University, HK) and Yuksel Ekinci (Henley), while Professor’s Lester Hunt (Surrey) and Andrew Wood (Essex) arrived to head the Economics and Finance and Accounting and Financial Management Subject Groups respectively. Internally, James Hand (Law) and Chris Simms (SEI) were appointed to well-deserved Readerships in April 2017.

That's just a flavour of research and the vibrant research environment we have here at Portsmouth. There is just so much going on!!

Professor Andy Thorpe, Associate Dean (Research)