Research Centres and Groups



Research activities at the School are organised into both research centres and research groups. Our centres include:​

The Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (WCTR)

The WCTR is one of the Cardiff Metropolitan University's recognized centres of research excellence producing world-leading and internationally excellent research. The WCTR is committed to theoretically-informed research and consultancy that engages with practice and policy. Research Leader: Professor Annette Pritchard

Value Flow Centre (VFC)

The VFC undertakes applied research and application of Contemporary Operations and Management Paradigms (COMPs) to process and supply chain improvement. These COMPs include Lean Thinking, Theory of Constraints (TOC), Lean Six Sigma and Agility.  Research Leader: Professor Mark Francis

Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC)

CLEC delivers top class leadership training to the future leaders of both private and public sector organisations. It also carries out research projects on local enterprise and SMEs. Amongst the flagship programmes it delivers is the 20Twenty Leadership Programme. Research Leader: Professor Brian Morgan.

Research Groups

Alongside the established Research Centres the School has a number of Research Groups. These groups consist of highly active research teams which undertake focussed research in specific areas of study. The Research Groups Include:

Welsh Centre for Wine Research​ (Research Leaders - Dr Caroline Ritchie and Dr Andy Roberts)

Computing and Informatics Research Group (Research Leader - Professor Tom Crick)

Public Sector Research Group (Research Leader - Dr Lyndon Murphy)

Sustainability Enterprise & Research Group (Research Leader - Dr Sheena Carlisle)

Applied Engineering & Management Research Group (Research Leader - Professor Andrew Thomas)

Renewable Energy Systems Research Group (Research Leader - Dr Rachel Mason-Jones)

Research Themes

Our active research groups cover a wide range of research themes reflecting the interests and expertise of our research staff in the School. These include but are not limited to:

  • Competitiveness, Innovation & Entrepreneurship;

  • Public Sector, Governance, Accountability & Social Justice;

  • Information Systems, Technology, People and behaviours;

  • New Economies and research in to Co-operative Studies

  • Supply chain,  aerospace operations management and manufacturing management

  • Six Sigma & quality management

  • Sustainability, economic regeneration.

  • Renewable energy systems

  • Applied engineering & systems analysis

Much of our research is multidisciplinary, often carried out with researchers from other university faculties and knowledge networks around the world.