Commissioned and collaborative research projects

We'll provide you with academics who have a rigorous, unbiased approach and will use their expertise and experience to offer you:

  • innovative perspectives on the challenges facing your organisation
  • insights into new concepts, products and processes
  • ideas for diversification and new ways to manage your business

How it works

You can work with us in one of two ways. If you need research in an area that you don't have expertise in yourself, or simply don't have sufficient resource to commit to a project, commission us to conduct a research project for you. Alternatively, you can collaborate with us on strategic funded projects of significance to your industry.

You can commission our University's researchers to work on specific problems or opportunities. We have expertise in a number of key areas that allows us to deliver real benefits to businesses of all types and sizes, across a range of sectors.

Collaborative research projects involve at least two collaborators, one of which is your business. They are funded by a range of organisations including research councils, trusts, charities and Innovate UK. These organisations support universities and industry to work together on strategically significant projects. We have a great deal of experience of working on collaborative projects and can help you access funding.

Our clients

Our clients include:

  • BT
  • Honda
  • Intel
  • HSBC
  • Unilever
  • UK Department of Health
  • UK Department of Work and Pensions

Contact us

Our team of Research and Business Partnerships Managers are ready to help you understand what we can offer. Members of the team specialise by subject area.

  • Arts and humanities


    Ville Karhusaari

    Ville Karhusaari

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 874559

    Email vmkarh@essex.ac.uk



    Kai Yin Low

    Research Development Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 873764

    Email kylow@essex.ac.uk



  • Computer science and electronic engineering


    Anshu Bansal

    Anshu Bansal

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 872914

    Email abansal@essex.ac.uk


    Research and Enterprise Office

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 872925

    Email business@essex.ac.uk


  • Health and biological sciences


    Dr Kirstie Cochrane

    Dr Kirstie Cochrane

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 874042

    Email kscoch@essex.ac.uk



    Dr Beate Reinhardt

    Dr Beate Reinhardt

    Research Development Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 874110

    Email breinh@essex.ac.uk



  • Law and management


    Ville Karhusaari

    Ville Karhusaari

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 874559

    Email vmkarh@essex.ac.uk



  • Social sciences


    Dorian Hayes

    Dr Dorian Hayes

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01296 874976

    Email dphayes@essex.ac.uk



    Dr Gary Williams

    Dr Gary Williams

    Research Development Manager

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 874070

    Email gcwill@essex.ac.uk