Centre for Business, Innovation and the Regions



Bringing together internationally-recognised academics with a commitment to applied impactful research that engages with policy and practice. Analysing inequalities, employment and welfare; innovation and leadership; and regional economic development, regeneration and foundational economies.

Our aim

Reflecting the civic mission of Staffordshire University, the Centre has collaborative partnerships with leading public and private organisations in the UK and abroad. Examples include the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and  the Environment Agency, World Health Organization and the Association for Public Service Excellence. 

Group leader

Professor Steven Griggs


Researchers within Centre for Business, Innovation and the Regions

Ema Talam


I am economist, researcher and lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship. My main areas of interest are centred around the topics of firm-level innovation, firm-level productivity, and exporting, as well as innovation policies.

Ema's profile

Professor Jon Fairburn


Professor Jon Fairburn is active in teaching, research, bid writing and public engagement. He has incorporated credited work experience into geography and tourism degrees as well as the MSc Digital Marketing Management.

Jon's profile

Dr David Cook

Senior Lecturer

An experienced marketing practitioner and academic who is passionate about student experience and employability

David's profile

Professor Geoff Pugh


Professor Geoff Pugh has taught and examined at all levels in higher education, mainly in the areas of economics, applied economics and research methods (especially econometrics).

Geoff's profile

Professor David Etherington


Professor David Etherington's academic career stretches over 30 years including more recently over 13 years at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) Middlesex University

David's profile

Professor Martin Jones

Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive

Professor Martin Jones joined Staffordshire University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in May 2017 and has responsibility for Research, Digital Services, Estates and Commercial Services, Technical Services and Staffordshire University Academy Trust.

Martin's profile

Dr Muddasar Khwaja

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer Department of Business, School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Muddasar's profile

Dr Joe Hazzam

Senior Lecturer

Joe is a Lecturer, researcher and course leader of the BSc digital and social media programme. Joe delivers workshops and masterclasses on social media and digital marketing strategies with 17 years of experience in strategic and digital marketing

Joe's profile

Dr Frederick Nyakudya

Senior Lecturer

Dr Frederick Nyakudya is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is one of the staff members responsible for leading the Postgraduate Research courses at the JSS.

Frederick's profile

Dr Itoro Ekpo


Itoro Ekpo is a undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer and is also involved in research in the School of Justice, Security and Sustainability.

Itoro's profile

Carol Southall

Head Of Department

Carol is a member of the ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) Tourism Working Group in Brussels. Taught in Switzerland, Finland and Croatia. Research interests include the relationship between cultural awareness and visitor s…

Carol's profile
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021