Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity (SMP)

Researching economic development, business support, and the sustainability of economic policies and interventions.

The Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity Pathway engages with several major areas of research that cut across many levels of society. These areas of interest include productivity and sustainable economic growth at multi-level scales, from firm, to sectoral, to regional, national and global levels; wages, finance, financialisation, skills and welfare; macro-level economics and other levels of micro-analysis to capture complex systems of management, regulation, and governance, including ethics, marketing, work and employment relations, accounting and finance, and public services; economic development, business support, and the sustainability of economic policies and interventions; sustainability of production and consumption practices and alternative models of business. Debates about the future of work and the role of consumption in society are central to the Pathway’s interrogation of how we live now and sustainability acts as a fundamental link across the broad Pathway themes.

Members of the Pathway team come from a range of academic disciplines including business, management, economics, geography, environment, marketing, and finance. The Pathway draws on this range of disciplines to offer interdisciplinary training, for example in the following research areas/methodological approaches:

  • Work, employment, productivity and the impact of new technology
  • Sustainable urban, rural and regional development
  • Gender and diversity research in management and economics
  • Social research in finance: methods and new perspectives
  • The impact of Brexit on SMP research
  • The impact of Covid-19 on SMP research
  • Historical methods in social research
  • Big data and social science
  • Economic productivity

In addition, the Pathway offers skills and development training through events such as regular writing days, how to publish, applying for grants, and career development sessions, all related to SMP research. The Pathway also provides opportunities for members to present their own research at the White Rose Annual Conference SMP Pathway stream.

Pathway Governance Team

Dr Caroline Oates

Pathway Director, University of Sheffield

Professor Andy Jonas

Deputy Director, University of Hull

Dr Lewis Holloway

Deputy Director, University of Hull

Simon Mollan

Deputy Director, University of York

Dr Sally Russell

Deputy Director, University of Leeds