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What are our Global Research Priorities?

Our Global Research Priorities (GRPs) unite researchers to tackle pressing global issues.

They create challenge-focused communities, bringing together and supporting researchers from many different disciplines. From energy to health to sustainability, our ten GRPs address some of the planet's biggest challenges.

We have close partnerships with third parties, such as policy makers, charities and industry. We facilitate networking opportunities and other research-related events through the year.

Our GRP Research Themes

In a time where productivity, wages and life expectancy are stagnating, we are working to use innovation to support the productivity and wellbeing of the workforce. Our research is focused on four themes:


Researchers across Warwick University are considering the factors which drive and enable innovation in products, processes and business models. Others are looking at the implications of innovation for business performance and the quality of life and work.

Find out more about the Enterprise Research Centre's (ERC) work led by our Innovation lead and ERC Director, Professor Steven Roper and The Productivity Institute led for University of Warwick by Professor Nigel Driffield

The Futures of Work

How may emerging models of work and employment affect productivity?

Professor Chris Warhurst, theme lead for the Futures of Work and Director of Warwick's Institute of Employment Research Centre aims to address this question and more.

Health and Wellbeing

We examine the link between wellbeing at work and productivity. Our research aims to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce health inequalities for people of working age.

Associate Professor Carla Toro, the Theme Lead for Health and Wellbeing, presents findings from the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, to further explore some of the big questions surrounding this topic.

Creative Industries

Our research is focused on the role of the creative industries in shaping the futures of work and impact on wellbeing and productivity.

Dr Chris Bilton, the Theme Lead for Creative Industries, and a Senior Lecturer (Reader) at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies has a wealth of knowledge in relation to this theme and continues to explore creativity in an ever changing world.

Who is involved?

We are a team of academics from across the University of Warwick. Our GRP aims to create new opportunities to consider productivity in the Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Medicine and the Arts.

For more information, see our people page.