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    Dr Jennifer Ferreira is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS). She is an active member of both the Economic Development and Inclusive Economies cluster and the Sustainable Production and Consumption cluster within CBiS. Her research interests take a dual focus. She is interested in the expansion and development of the coffee and coffee shop industries, in particular the role of coffee shops and coffee shop cultures in different locations and economies, the importance of sustainability, and the role of the circular economy. Her other research interests surround issues related to economic geography, local and regional economic development, varieties of capitalism, labour markets, employment intermediaries, labour market regulation, and comparative institutional systems. As part of this she is also interested in the growth and development of flexible and precarious forms of employment, labour market change and the role of institutions, as well as broader issues around national institutional systems. 

    Dr. Ferreira was awarded a scholarship from the Population Investigation Council to complete an MA in Research Methodology (Population Studies) at the University of Liverpool in 2008, and an ESRC CASE studentship to complete a PhD researching the institutional context of the temporary staffing industry at the University of Manchester, completed in 2013. The doctoral thesis used a comparative case study methodology to explore the variegated nature of the temporary staffing in Europe focusing on the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic. Prior to working at Coventry University Dr. Ferreira held positions in Cambridge Assessment and at the Royal Geographical Society and retains an interest in education, pedagogy and assessment.


    Research Interests

    Coffee and coffee shop industries; Consumer Cultures; Sustainability and resilient supply chains; Circular Economy; Labour Markets; Economic Geography; Local and Regional Economic Development; Urban change; Flexible employment; Precarious employment

    I have been involved in supervision of a range of students on topics related to the topics above.

    I actively seek opportunities to engage in teaching and welcome opportunities to bring the research activities I am involved in into undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Teaching cases have been written on: coffee shop high street competition, the circular economy and adapting business during a pandemic.

    Vision Statement


    Sustainable economic development and employment change are two fundamental factors that affect prosperity in societies today. In the Centre for Business in Society I aim to explore the different ways in which local and regional development take place in different spaces, examining the different geographies of development and change that take place in order to gain a better understanding of the world around us. My current research projects focus on sustainable and inclusive local and regional economic development, labour market change as well as the development of the coffee and coffee shop industries.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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