Our Research

Our Centre researches new forms of creative leadership, and how leaders and their teams can be empowered to investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on novel solutions to complex challenges.

There are two themes of our current research.

New forms of creative and resilient leadership

Societal, business and social challenges are no longer predictable, and traditional planning leadership and processes that are derived from single disciplines generate inadequate solutions. New forms of interdisciplinary leadership are needed to provide new forms of structure that solve complex challenges effectively.

Therefore, the Centre researches new forms of interdisciplinary leadership that is more creative and resilient. It develops novel leadership practices and resources to transform how next generation will lead. The research has been applied to improve leadership in the business, arts, cultural and social care sectors.

The British Council, Arts Council England and the Nominet Trust have all funded this research. Example projects include Boosting Resilience, Creative Sparks and Ladder to the Moon.

Digitally augmented human creativity

Digital technologies including artificial intelligence have huge potential to augment the creativity of leaders and people in other professional roles.

The Centre researches and develops new types of digital solution to augment individual and collaborative human creativity. It implements and evaluates these types of solution in diverse professional contexts, from manufacturing and social care to journalism and elite sports performance.

The EPSRC, EU H2020 programme, Google and individual partners have all funded this research. Example projects include SCAMPI, INJECT, COLLAGE and SeCSE.

Interdisciplinary research

The Centre’s research is highly interdisciplinary. It draws on knowledge from different disciplines, to describe, explain and predict creativity and leadership phenomena.

The Centre’s research is also evaluated in diverse sectors and domains. These include consulting, innovation, management, design, architecture, leadership of arts organisations, journalism, science communication, community engagement, smart homes, manufacturing, health-and-safety, enhancing quality of life, and caring for older people including people with dementia and with Parkinson’s disease.

Take a look at more Cass research.

Doctoral research

Our Centre also supervises MPhil and PhD research as part of the Cass PhD programme. For more information about our research topics, contact the Centre, or one of our leaders.

Research Funding

The Centre is very successful at winning collaborative research funding to work with partners. Since its inception it has competitively obtained research grants worth over £15m – research grants with an average value of £1.5m during each of the Centre’s 10 years.

The Centre’s research grants have been won from diverse funding bodies, to reflect its mix of basic and applied interdisciplinary research. These bodies include the EPSRC, EU H2020 Programme, EU Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship Programme, Arts Council England, Innovate UK , British Council, NESTA, JISC, Google, E.ON, Skills for Care, London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise , Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, and Danish Council for Strategic Research.

The grants from these different research bodies reflect the diverse and interdisciplinary forms of the Centre’s creativity research.

If you are interested in pursuing any of these or other collaborative funding routes with us, contact us using the information below.