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Our research

Read our research

Read our latest business research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide variety of fields we work in, from accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship to broader societal issues.

We have a thriving research community undertaking both theoretical and applied work. We investigate important problems faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We explore issues from the local to the international level and strive to be instrumental in influencing the wider world across both the public and private sectors.

Research excellence

More than two-third of our research is rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and Essex Business School has been ranked in the top 20 for research power out of more than 100 business schools in the national Research Excellence Framework of 2014 (REF 2014).

Research areas

We have several research centres and groups covering a range of contemporary business issues:

We offer postgraduate research across all of these fields and as a PhD student you'll be associated with one of the centres or groups listed above. You'll be part of an active research circle of academics and fellow postgraduate researchers.

Latest research

In this video, our Dean, Professor Geoffrey Wood, shares his research into the impact of Institutions Buy Outs (IBOs) on employment, remuneration, productivity and profitability.


Our seminars are open to the public and give you an opportunity to hear more about our latest research.


You can browse our Research Repository, a database of research published at Essex Business School, view our Working Paper series, or view staff profiles which contain publication listings.

Research databases and software

Essex Business School provides a range of software and databases to aid your studies, in addition to those in the University's software catalogue.


    We have a subscription to Bloomberg and WRDS, which includes:

    • Bank Regulatory
    • Blockholders
    • CBOE Index
    • Compustat
    • CRSP
    • CUSIP
    • Direct Marketing Educational Foundation
    • Dow Jones Averages and Total Return Indexes
    • Fama-French
    • Federal Reserve Bank Reports
    • MSRB
    • OptionMetrics
    • OTC Markets
    • Penn World Tables
    • Peters and Taylor Total Q
    • PHLX
    • Public Data
    • Research Quotient
    • SEC Order Execution
    • TRACE
    • World indices

    Business and Local Government Data Research Centre datasets

    Our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers access to the following datasets:

    Company and financial

    • Osiris Companies Database
    • UK Companies Basic Data
    • UK National Business Database
    • UK Outstanding Loans

    Markets and public

    • Colchester Borough Council Data
    • Deprivation Index
    • Essex County Council Data
    • fDi Markets Library
    • Footfall Data
    • UK Councillors, MPs, MEPs and Civil Service
    • UK Public Sector Spending

    Healthcare and social care

    • Care Homes Data
    • Global Data Pharma Etrack
    • Medway Council Data
    • Norfolk Vulnerable Children Data
    • UK Healthcare Providers and Ratings
    • UK Minimum Dataset for Social Care


    • Online Retail Website Hits
    • Retail Floor Space Utilisation


    • Broadband Speed

  • Software

    Mathematical analysis software and computing environments

    • IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio
    • Maple
    • Matlab
    • SAS

    Statistical analysis

    • AMOS
    • EViews
    • Gretl
    • R
    • SPSS
    • Stata

    Qualitative data analysis

    • Max QDA2
    • NVivo

    Accounting software

    • Sage Line 50

    General programming

    • Eclipse
    • GCC
    • JDK/JRE
    • RStudio
    • Visual Studio
    • Python

    Office and reference management

    • Emacs / Xemacs
    • EndNote
    • Microsoft Office
    • MikTex
    • Reference Manager
    • Tex, LaTeX, DVI, tec
    • TeXnicCenter
    • TeXworks

    General purpose

    • Adobe Reader
    • PDF Creator
    • SSH client for Windows


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Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

ESRC funding

ESRC Doctoral Training - scholarships for PhD study

We're one of just 21 ESRC Doctoral Training Centres in the UK, reflecting our outstanding reputation for social science. We offer a number of PhD studentships and outstanding training opportunities.