Working with business and communities

Students in a boatKnowledge Exchange is about the exchange of ideas, research and experience with non-academic audiences. There are many opportunities for businesses and organisations to get involved and work with us.

As a leading research-intensive faculty, we can work in partnership with businesses and use our resources and expertise to support of our community.

We hold the largest collection of social science datasets in the UK which can be used for market research, business planning, product design (e.g. financial services) and policy development, as well as academic research.

  • Our expertise

    • Research design
    • Data collection
    • Data analysis and statistical techniques
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Business intelligence for the region
    • Polling
    • Project evaluation
    • Economic forecasting
    • Market structure and performance including experimental analyses
    • Employment and labour
    • Health, family and demographic economics
    • Innovation and technology adoption
    • Finance and capital markets
    • Environmental economics
    • Process optimisation
    • Data management, preservation and archiving
  • How we can help you

Useful resources

Insight East is the economic intelligence centre for the East of England, delivered by Essex County Council and the University of Essex, to help decision makers better understand the economy.

The UK Data Archive is hosted in the Faculty and curates the largest collection of social science digital data, which is available to all UK researchers (or those affiliated with a UK university) for use in other research projects. They also provide data storage and management services.

Contact information

Please contact Dr Dorian Hayes, Research and Business Partnerships Manager, who can offer further advice on the options available to you.


News and events

News and events

Keep up-to-date with what's happening in our Faculty, from our latest research to our awards and achievements. We also organise a huge range of specialist workshops, conferences, training events and public lectures.

Your experience

Share your experience

If you graduated from one of our departments in the last ten years we would like your help to create truly engaging content for our website, including student profiles and case studies. You can help by completing your graduate profile online.

PG research

Postgraduate research

At Essex you will work at the heart of an internationally recognised and well-connected research community. Our internationally-renowned academics will support and guide you through the different stages of your research until completion.

New experimental lab

ESSEXLab, the new state-of-the-art facility for academic researchers to run interactive social science experiments, is now available. Registration is also open to take part in experiments.