Research at CEPMLP

A new wave of externally funded research began around early 2016. CEPMLP academics began work on projects concerning international development, financing renewable energy projects, Chinese investment in African economies and mineral law. The consortium funding amounted to nearly £6.5 million and came from the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the EU Horizon 2020 Fund, the Economic and Social Science Research Council and other EU sources. We were delighted to have this opportunity to do new research in collaboration with other universities, think-tanks and consultancy firms.

An earlier wave of major externally funded research projects was brought to a successful conclusion between 2013 and 2015. The funding institutions involved in that wave were, respectively, The World Bank, The European Commission and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and DfID. It laid the foundations for the channelling of our law, economics and policy expertise in energy and minerals into projects that required a combination of scholarly and applied knowledge inputs. Virtually all our on-campus academics are involved in these externally funded projects, enhancing their skills and experience of collaborative working, and also involve a core of our Global Faculty members.

Taken together, these projects represent a step change in CEPMLP culture since 2010. Our specialist expertise is increasingly being sought in research and knowledge exchange. We have changed direction from a focus largely on teaching to one in which teaching at CEPMLP is now informed by academic staff engagement in problem-solving in the wider world.