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Prof Neil Wrigley discusses Britain’s convenience culture on BBC’s ‘You and Yours’

Neil Wrigley spoke on BBC Radio 4 'You and Yours' programme (22 January 2015), on the continuing success of convenience store formats, particularly those operated by the big supermarkets.

Professor Wrigley invited at Cardiff University event to present findings from ESRC-funded research – 14 October 2014

The lecture titled 'Adaptively Resilient High Streets: What We Learnt from the Economic Crisis' discussed the effect of the global financial crisis on Britain's high streets

Professor Wrigley presents findings at RTPI Annual Conference - 9 October 2014

Professor Neil Wrigley was invited to present findings from the Future High Streets Evidence Review at the RTPI Annual Conference, held on 9 October in London.

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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