Thought Leadership and Innovation

Innovation, challenge, independence and robustness is at the heart of the data, insights and opinions we express through our research and products. A key part of this is the work we do with the UK’s leading universities in researching and analysing how places, companies and people are changing over time. The expertise and knowledge of the academics that we partner alongside the data series that LDC has built up is very powerful indeed.

We support and advise the Economic and Research Council (ESRC) and the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) as well as provide access to our data and insight tools for GCSE and A level students, undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students. Every year we support over 30 such students and over 15 universities and business schools.

Some of the universities and academics we work with


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    LDC's Retail Leaders Forum 2017

    This event brings together academics across some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions including UCL, the University of Oxford, the University of Stirling, the University of Liverpool and Cardiff University with some of the UK’s leading practitioners in the retail and leisure marketplace; including this year representatives from Clarks, British Land, Tesco, LEON, Tristan Capital Partners, Dixons Carphone, Pizza Hut and more.

    The day was split into four sections, focusing in turn on People, Places, Data and Insights, and ‘How research can lead to better decision making’.

    Special projects & internships

    We also work alongside universities and academics by assisting students with their dissertations and special projects related to retail and how it affects various aspects of life across Great Britain.

    If you are working on a dissertation or thesis and would like to request access to our data and insight please email