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Responsible Innovation Sustainability Entrepreneurship (RISE) comprises researchers who share the following aims and interests in connection with the transformation of society through the promotion and diffusion of sustainable technologies.
The mission of RISE is to conduct excellent research on responsible innovation and sustainability-related innovation and entrepreneurship. Research agenda emphasises co-design with a diverse range of stakeholders, and to influence related policies and practices. The RISE group brings together researchers from across different disciplines at Kingston University and is a collaborative initiative spanning Kingston and Greenwich universities.
Director: Professor Audley Genus (Kingston University)
Kingston University: Dr Bahare Afrahi (early career researcher); Professor Fatima Annan-Diab; Dr Cliff Dansoh; Dr Pete Garside; Dr Patricia Harris; Dr Ki-Soon Hwang; Dr Rita Kottasz; Dr Smirti Kutaula; Dr Ana Pedraz Marcos; Dr Paul Micklethwaite; Dr Eng Ofetotse; Professor Kay Peggs; Dr Adam Raman; Dr Egle Rindzeviciute; Dr Yuliana Toplazly; Dr Reza Zanjirani-Farahani
University of Greenwich: Dr Jin Chan; Dr Anne Marie Coles; Dr Fanny Paschek; Dr Athina Piterou; Dr Irina Popova; Dr Anton Sentic
Dr Tim Harries (visiting researcher, Kingston University); Dr Marfuga Iskandarova (University of Sussex)
Professor Audley Genus led Kingston's activities on the recently completed 3.2 million euro Horizon 2020 project called ‘ENERGISE', funded by the European Commission. (ENERGISE = the European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy). Working with local authorities, energy utilities and SMEs, the ENERGISE consortium aimed to transform energy use in households and communities across the UK and Europe and contribute to European policy-making on reducing energy consumption.
This project focused on entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector and the activities that contribute to the creation of sustainable pathways to low carbon futures/society.
The project helped students, researchers, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers to understand the growth of low carbon/community renewable energy enterprises in the UK, the challenges they face, how to improve existing practices, and enable entrepreneurs and communities to learn from each other.
The project was funded via a donation from the YTL Corporation, whose CEO, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, is an alumnus of Kingston University.
The Knowledge Exchange for Entrepreneurship in Permaculture (KEEP) project aimed to support members of Permaculture Association (PA) who want to set up and grow businesses based on ecological principles. It also aimed to help PA to develop its own capabilities as an enterprise and innovation-supporting organisation.
The project team was led by Professor Audley Genus, who has secured a grant from the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) initiative, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council among others, working with Dr Marfuga Iskandarova from the Small Business Research Centre and Dr Chris Warburton-Brown, Research Director at the PA.
The RAKE project was funded by the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) until the end of 2016. Results from the project were presented at the 2016 ISBE conference and published in Business Strategy and the Environment, accessible here.
An online support website for practitioners has been created, including case studies of permaculture-inspired entrepreneurship. Visit the Permaculture Enterprise Guide. An article about the project is featured on the Permaculture Magazine website.
For the ‘KEEP' ISBE-funded RAKE project:
a) Project website
b) Permaculture Enterprise Guide
c) Workshop at London Permaculture Festival, Cecil Sharp House, London, July 2016
d).'KEEP' end of award project workshop, Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park, London, September 2016
Recent invited talks