Our impact

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CREED is known for research-led engagement around entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. We are committed to research with impact and are involved in a number of collaborative research projects that are influencing and shaping current debates on innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship.

Here are some examples:

Working with African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) to build capacity

A photograph of a very busy shopping area in Africa.

AERC is a top Economics think tank in Africa established in 1988. It is recognised as a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of economics research and training in Africa.

Our primary responsibility is to review research proposals, work in progress and final reports on economics research focusing on empirical analysis for policy making in Africa for the benefit of career progression of economists working in universities, finance ministries and central banks.

Staff involved: Dr Abbi Kedir

Measuring productivity of cities in Africa

A photograph of a busy area in an African city. There are dozens of market stalls under umbrellas. There are several vehicles parked around the edge.

We are working with the Urbanisation Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to develop a method for capturing various indicators of economic size of cities (e.g. GDP) and other productivity or competitiveness indicators for cities based on firm surveys.

Staff involved: Dr Abbi Kedir

Trickle Out Africa

A photograph of the sea off South Africa and the buildings around the coast.

This is a research project examining social and environmental enterprise in East and Southern Africa. The project also entailed the creation of an online directory of social and environmental enterprises, with more than 4000 such ventures listed across 19 countries.

Search the Trickle Out Africa enterprise directory

Since the project's inception, materials on the website have been downloaded on 10,000 times. The website and directory continues to received thousands of unique visitors, from academics and students to practitioners and funders.

Staff involved: Dr David Littlewood


Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.