Launch of the Centre for Business, Innovation and the Regions, 8th June

A new research centre is being launched at Staffordshire University that brings together internationally-recognised academics with a commitment to applied impactful research that engages with policy and practice. Its work analyses:

  • inequalities, employment and welfare;
  • innovation and leadership;
  • and regional economic development, regeneration and foundational economies.

Reflecting the civic mission of Staffordshire University, the Centre has collaborative partnerships with leading public and private organisations in the UK and abroad.

Please sign up to this free event (lunch included) full schedule 12.00-3.00 on 8th June


Arianna Giovannini is Associate Professor/Reader in Local Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University. Arianna has published widely on devolution, levelling up and the changing landscape of local government. Between July 2019 and February 2020 , she was seconded to to the Directorship of IPPR North, the leading think-tank for the North of England.

Steven Griggs is Professor of Public Policy in the Business School at Staffordshire University. Steven has published widely on local government, collaboration and the new municipalism. He recently chaired the Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence’s Local Government 2030 Commission whose Local by Default final report was published in 2021.

Key roles and staff in the new centre

Centre Director – Prof Stephen Griggs

REF lead and Deputy Director – Prof Jon Fairburn @profjonfairburn

Impact Lead and REF deputy – Dr Muddasar Khwaja

Partnerships – Ema Talam @ematalam

PhD lead – Dr Fred Nyakudya

ECR lead – Dr Itoro Ekpo

Recent research from staff in the centre are here February 2023 and February 2022

Staff were entered into the Business and Management UoA in REF2021 and we were ranked joint 16th out of 108 in the country for our research impact and joint 51st overall in the country on research.

Book onto the launch event 12.00-3.00 (lunch included) 8th June