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Business Analytics, Circular Economy & Entrepreneurship (BACE)

BACE academic department

BACE academic department brings together an ambitious, interdisciplinary team of academics with substantial research and industry expertise.  Together, we develop and disseminate world-class research and best practices in the area of business analytics, circular economy and supply chain. 

Much of our research focuses on how emergent disruptive technologies, data science, artificial intelligence, new circular economy models and supply chain innovations can add value and deliver broader benefits to organisations, businesses and the environment to create significant societal impact.

Green forest shown from above with roundabout to depict the abstract of circular economy

Who do we work with?

We are involved in world-leading research collaborations on a national and global level. We work with various stakeholders including businesses, industry associations, public sector organisations, and policymakers. We have a solid track record of generating income and managing projects funded by leading research and industry bodies such as European Horizon 2020, UK Research and Innovation, British Council and Qatar National Research Foundation.

How do we work?

Our research is delivered through collaborative R&D projects, knowledge exchange initiatives, our consultancy work and our executive education and training. BACE research also informs our study programmes within the School of Management to ensure all of our teaching is research-led.

Research areas

Our core strengths are reflected through the name of our interdisciplinary academic department which encompass key, yet interconnected, areas such as business analytics, circular economy and entreprenuership, which have the potential to significantly impact and benefit one other, transforming both private and public sector organisations.

The increasing and pervasive nature of disruptive technologies and fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Science can be harnessed to benefit all types of organisations, across various sectors. The BACE team's research focuses on developing knowledge about the opportunities and challenges which these emergent technologies present in both the public and private landscape.  Furthermore, these areas also play a fundamental role in Supply Chain innovations and successful Circular Economy models.

Accordingly, our core themes and members’ broad areas of expertise and interests are as follows:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Business Analytics
  • Circular Economy
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Public Sector Transformation and Digital Governance
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Developing a roadmap for next generation banking in Qatar

BACES research team has secured project funding of $73000 to explore the influence that blockchain, as an emerging disruptive technology, could have on facilitating the transformation of the banking and financial services sector in Qatar.

The potential use of new-disruptive technologies has brought about a plethora of opportunities as well as challenges and complexities across technical, regulatory, and adoption-related areas for organisations. By evaluating potential use case scenarios, where the technology can be exploited in Qatar using a multidisciplinary stance that combines technical, regulatory-governance, economic and socio-cultural perspectives, the project aims at providing the industry stakeholders and the policymakers a complete picture of the potential costs, benefits, risks, and opportunities associated with implementing blockchain-based processes to transform traditional banking and finance in the country.

Read more about Developing a roadmap for next generation banking in Qatar.

Conceptual image depicting blockchain encryption

Smart IoT technology to transform healthcare service delivery in Indonesia

Jiachen Hou worked as a co-investigator on the British Council sponsored project titled BLESS U, Bandar Lampung Enhanced Smart-health Services with Smart Ubiquity, between 2017-2019. The aim of the project was to define a semantic smart service (3S) framework to model the patient pathways and clinical processes including the delivery of associated information and the interactions between clinic, hospital and pharmacist.

Following on from this research work, Jiachen is now working with international partners from Indonesia, China and Zambia on research which focuses on:

  • Industry 4.0 supports servitisation
  • Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs
  • Impact of COVID-19 on healthcare 

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Fishing boat with fisherman in Lampung Indonesia

Creating future AI and Data Analytics visionaries

University of Bradford has been awarded £700,000 by the Office for Students (OfS) for new innovative programme design and funded scholarships for an Applied AI and Data Analytics Postgraduate conversion course.

The project originated in the nationwide Challenge Grant Funding Competition to develop innovative postgraduate conversion courses in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science (DS), launched in 2019 by the OfS, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI). The project is backed by industry heavyweights, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy, UK Black Tech, and SAS UK, among others.

Professor Zahir Irani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Innovation and Quality) who led the bid, said

"As the University of and for Bradford, we recognise the significant social and economic challenges of our region. We will therefore be working with key collaborators to remove the barriers to higher education and to graduate level employment, which students from our target under-represented groups face"

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Poster for OfS and Bradford scheme for AI Analysts courses

Freight transport resilience in the UK in post-Covid and post-Brexit era

Dr Gokcay Balci, Assistant Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain, is leading a project to investigate freight transport resilience in the UK. The project is funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Small Research Grant and contributed by Dr Ebru Surucu Balci from the University of Bradford and Dr Cagatay Iris from the University of Liverpool.

The project is timely and significant for the UK as freight transport disruptions in recent years such as lorry driver shortage and container shipping crisis have dramatically affected the UK economy and society by means of increase in consumer prices, unavailability of essential products such as food and fuel, and closure of some businesses. These disruptions following BREXIT and COVID-19 have underlined the importance of resilience in the UK freight transport sector.

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