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Emergency Services

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Business and Management Studies
  • Research theme: Health and Wellbeing
  • School: Nottingham Business School


Nottingham Trent University has enjoyed a close relationship with the three emergency services of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire throughout its history and for over 40 years the business school itself has had research links and collaborations focusing on leadership and management of the emergency services. This interest quickly expanded into a series of national and international projects. The former are facilitated by membership of the Public both the Emergency Services and the Governance and Management Special Interest Groups of the British Academy of Management while and the latter by membership of the Emergency Services SIG of the International Research Society for Public Services Management.

Projects from the Fire and Rescue Services research programme formed the basis of one of the three ‘Impact Case studies’ that was submitted to the to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This changed the way fire risks were identified, assessed and services reconfigured throughout the UK and increasingly throughout the world. Since 2011 the group have been producing a series of academic and practitioner articles, reports, presentations, commissions, newspaper and media articles on the policy development, service delivery, public assurance and value for money of the emergency services. In her last speech as Home Secretary, Theresa May announced that the changes to the National Framework for Fire and Rescue Services  and the re-establishment of an independent Fire Inspectorate that the group had campaigned for since 2011. An impact case study based on the groups work in Fire and Rescue Services will be submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.



  • Professor Paresh Wankheda of Edge Hill University
  • Dr Russ Glennon of Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Julian Clark of Edge Hill University
  • Dr Lucia Velotti: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Professor Rachel Ashworth of Cardiff University
  • Professor Catherine Farrell of Cardiff University
  • Kirsten Greenhalgh of University of Nottingham
  • Dr Angela Toothill of Nottingham University
  • Dr Anne Eyre of Trauma Training Warwickshire
  • The Emergency Services SIG of the International Research Society of Public Management
  • The Public Management and Emergency Services SIGs of the British Academy of Management
  • The Joint University’s Emergency Services Research Group
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • Fire Service Federation
  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services

Working with us

The project maintains close working relationships with associate members from both academia and the emergency services who regularly participate and contribute to the programmes activities.

Related staff

The project is keen to include colleagues (distinguished and new) who are interested in the programmes scholar activity policy and practitioner dialogue either to enhance their teaching and learning or to promote and strengthen relations with practice as well as to participate in theoretical and applied research.

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