KITE is a University Research Centre primarily located in the Business School with links across the university. There are currently twenty members of the Centre in the School with another seventeen associates from across the university and many visiting staff from a range of national and international organisations. Members comprise the main focus of academic expertise within the institution in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, information systems and collaboration/partnership. KITE also provides a focus for the university’s relationships with the worlds of policy and practice in these areas with members making significant contributions to academic debates and influencing thinking in business, government and third sector bodies at local, national and international scales working across the three institutional societal challenges: Ageing, Sustainability and Social Renewal. A current focus is the close engagement of members of the Centre in the emerging plans around Science Central including the key challenges of innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration around themes of transport, energy and the digital economy (part of the Science City initiative).
KITE is led currently by Dr Rob Wilson.