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Sustainable Innovation Finance and Corporate Governance for SMEs NLS4

  • School: Nottingham Law School
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: NLS4

The ways in which innovation firms obtain finance is an ongoing challenge with both short- and long-term implications for addressing climate change and sustainable development. Financial markets and policymakers must collaborate to create the solutions to move the global economy towards a more sustainable future. Intellectual property rights are at the epicentre of three interconnected worlds: entrepreneurship, finance and corporate governance. Grounded in Intellectual Property (IP) law, this new interdisciplinary project aims to study the increasingly global nature of entrepreneurial innovation finance for start-ups and SMEs with a view to inculcating a sustainable development perspective. We are looking for innovative proposals undertaking research for a PhD degree involving sustainable innovation finance and corporate governance for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Indicative content may include:

  • The nature of expectations of accountability for the company’s activities, finance, and ethics
  • The impact of the IP rights the company controls in a sustainable development context
  • Sustainable development initiatives in the UK
  • Global innovation start-up ecosystems.

School strategic research priority

This project aligns with the Centre for Business Law and Insolvency’s existing strengths and activities of the IP Research Group. It also sustained cross-disciplinary activity across Sustainable Futures strategic research theme

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Download our full applicant guidance notes for more information.

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