Leading international researchers feature at Lancaster events

Professor Sharon Alvarez holds her arms out wide while giving a presentation in a lecture theatre

Lancaster University Management School has hosted a wealth of international research talent across a series of events in May.

Renowned experts from across the world have travelled to LUMS – or logged in virtually – to share their knowledge; take part in vibrant workshops, seminars and conferences; and contribute to the School’s well-established research culture.

The School hosted more than a dozen events – including their own successful LUMS Research Conference – in May, and LUMS Associate Dean Research, Professor Maria Piacentini, believes this reflects their strong international standing.

“The LUMS Research Conference was a particular highlight for me,” said Professor Piacentini. “It was wonderful to see so many colleagues engaged throughout the day, and it was also special to welcome Sharon Alvarez, the President of the Academy of Management, to both showcase our work to her and hear her inspiring presentation.

“We also held a Spring School on Inference in Macro Models, organised by the Department of Economics' Lorenza Rossi, Stefano Fasani and Mirela Miescu, which welcomed PhD researchers from across Europe, as well as economists from the Bank of Italy, the Central Bank of Korea, the Bank of Spain, and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

“And the Centre for Family Business welcomed researchers and practitioners both in-person and online to the Family Business Research Conference, the topic for which was Thriving in challenging times: how family businesses navigate crisis, complexity, and uncertainty.”

Claire Leitch, Sharon Alvarez and Maria Piacentini stand together smiling

LUMS Executive Dean Professor Claire Leitch added: “These events engaged not only with academic researchers but with practitioners, and this can be seen across a whole host of other LUMS events in May. I know this is a pattern that will continue throughout the rest of 2024 and well into the future.”

Other events in LUMS in May, organised by both departments and research centres, included:

  • Richard Baskerville, from Georgia State University, presenting on Coping with the Digital Empowerment Paradox in a Centre for Technological Futures event, co-supported by LUMS and the Data Cyber Quarter and Security and Protection Science;
  • (Post)Critical Interpretations of Voice, with Martina Hutton (Royal Holloway University of London);
  • John Morrow - Multi-establishment Firm Structure Subsidies and Spillovers (with Elodie Andrieu, Paris School of Economics)
  • Connecting services and circular practices in consumer markets: the role of value retention (with Melanie Kreye, University of York);
  • An Accounting and Finance seminar with Distinguished Professor Linda Myers, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee;
  • An Entrepreneurs in Residence fireside chat with Simon Johnson, Chair of the Rugby Football League;
  • The Benefits of Access: Evidence from Private Meetings with Portfolio Firms (with Hannes Wagner, Bocconi University);
  • How Novelty and Feasibility Inform Research Funding Decisions (With Dr Jian Wang, University of Hull).

People look at research posters in a busy hub area

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