Our Research Agenda

At IDEA Academy, our research agenda is meticulously crafted to foster the advancement and dissemination of significant research findings. Our objective is to elevate the standards of scientific inquiry while bridging the gap between academic theory and practical implementation, thereby contributing to human progress.

Our research endeavors span a vast array of disciplines, embodying a transdisciplinary approach that addresses the complex challenges of our time. We are committed to exploring topics that resonate with contemporary global issues, emerging human values, socioeconomic trends, and the evolving landscape of technological innovation.

Our comprehensive research portfolio includes, but is not limited to, critical inquiries in Economics and Governance, Management (with a focus on Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Project Management), Accounting, Financial Analysis and Audit, Artificial Intelligence, FinTech and Finance, Social Sciences, Education and Literacy, Healthcare and Medical Sciences, Elderly Care, Biology, Architecture and Design, and Tourism and Hospitality.

By engaging with these diverse research themes, IDEA Academy aims to contribute meaningful insights and innovative solutions that have a lasting impact on both academia and society at large.

Economy and Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming a global trend in the modern world. For the moment, this idea developed into the global conception of humanity progress and well-being embracing economic growth, social responsibility, environmental concern, and new level governance approach. It determines the development priorities for businesses and industries, countries and territories, and the entire world and humanity. It means a leap to a post-industrial society, in which information resources, intangible assets, knowledge, creativity, and human capital become the key capital-forming factors that create an added value. In sustainability context, the transparent information environment is exceptionally substantial, embracing a wide scope of informational, financial, managerial practices and moving them: from management to green thinking, from reporting and audit – to sustainability assurance, from traditional funding – to responsible and impact investment, from accounting – to stability measurements, from analysis – to ESG scoring and predicative models. In our research we are trying to ensure this movement.

  • Analysis of standards and most-spreader ESG-reporting models, assessment the way they can affect stakeholders’ behavior and decisions taken
  • Implementation of ESG-approach for sustainability pro-active governance and risk management, market, society, institutions, and authorities’ reaction and behavior prediction in Economy 5.0
  • Transformation of accounting and development of related informational, financial and governance ESG practices, such as ESG Audit & Assurance, Analysis of ESG indicators, ESG ratings, stability measurements (e.g., dMRV), ESG Risk and Operational Change Management, Socially Responsible and Impact Investing, Countering greenwashing etc.
  • The study embraces areas:
    • accounting, reporting, analysis, audit,
    • related financial and control practices,
    • management and economics
    • ESG-governance
    • statistics and econometrics
    • informational models

Education and Sustainability

Modern trends in education are closely related to the concept of sustainability, since they imply a high degree of return on investment in human capital, the environment creation for the expanded reproduction of knowledge, competencies, and qualities, affecting social progress and true values. Conducting research in this area, we follow the agenda of “few steps ahead” education system to improve a future map of professions and skills required in ESG landscape, develop new educational and training models, and contribute to humanity sustainable development.

  • Research and designing a teacher education module on transformative learning and cultural diplomacy strategies for gender equality education
  • Designing a toolbox for cooperative, experiential and activity-based learning on gender equality education for students in class and outreach to their households
  • The study embraces areas:
    • education, educational policy, and technologies
    • sociology
    • psychology
    • governance

  • Studying skills priorities from the point of view of employers and society and trends in skills formation in the process of higher education
  • Exploring life skills in a contemporary environment
  • Creation of a system and platform for evaluating and developing the life skills of university students and staff
  • Development of a method of assessment and formation of life skills profile of a specialist depending on the field and innovative teaching /learning methods. Development of Sharing platform “Life Skills Excellence platform”. Opening of competence centers and piloting of the platform “Life Skills Excellence platform”.
  • The study embraces areas:
    • education, educational policy, and technologies
    • labor market
    • psychology and behavioral economics
    • sociology
    • management, governance, sustainability.

The main objectives of the projects are:

  • To define the role and to assess the potential of universities in shaping the competencies of students in the field of sustainable development
  • To develop and to implement (full / modular) courses on sustainable development management for successful employment of graduates in the labor market
  • To develop transfer of knowledge mechanisms between HEIs through creation of a Virtual SD-Lab of sustainable actions.
  • To support the cooperation between HEIs in the “business-university-community” triad and their capacity building to ensure sustainable growth

  • The core objective of this project is to forge a comprehensive understanding of the future landscape of employment and skills in Malta
    • pinpointing definitive trends and skill gaps, evaluating the preparedness of companies, and devising targeted training strategies
    • providing actionable insights to realign Malta’s educational infrastructure with the anticipated demands of the future job market
    • offering guidance for policymakers, businesses, public sector entities, educational institutions and individuals, for decision-making in an evolving employment ecosystem

Healthcare, digital technologies, engineering

We consider the key parameters for fruitful research in the modern scientific agenda are transdisciplinary, flexibility, and nonlinearity. Some our projects implementing are built on a combination of knowledge and research issues from various fields to achieve a synergistic effect and comprehensiveness of results. In particular, we intend to combine the capabilities and demands of a modern healthcare system with high engineering technologies and modern digital capabilities to achieve breakthrough solutions for the benefit of people and society

IDEA Doctoral School

The IDEA Academy strives to create a stimulating and rewarding learning experience through the fusion of education and research that serves the aspirations of the learners and inspires them to enrich the community, and society in general.

Research practices accompany all stages of the formation of professional competencies during doctoral education, being a key driver in the critical and creative thinking development, deep vision of issues and the search for ways to advance scientific knowledge and improve practice.

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a Doctoral Journey intended for high level practitioners in leadership and/or management positions in the various fields (e.g. business, education, finance, etc.), who have a particular interest in business innovation in general, or who are interested in embarking onto an academic career.

Throughout the Doctoral Journey you will be provided with opportunities not only to extend your knowledge and critical thinking but also to enhance your research abilities to influence your professional behaviour, as well as the context in which you operate. The DBA comprises three main developmental phases towards achieving a Doctorate. The first phase is a taught stage taking the classical didactic approach accompanied by enhanced independent self-study and research. In the second phase, you will be mentored through the processes of selecting a specific area of research, defining a research gap, and formulating a research question as part of your individual research proposal, which will be carried through to Phase three of the DBA. The third phase is more student-driven where research skills and scholarly writing, encompassing critical thinking, analysis, and reflection, are put into practice, and further enhanced with the support of assigned tutors, as you commence your research and write a Doctoral thesis.


Learn more about our doctoral programme here.

Library platforms for Research Activity

For research conducting IDEA Academy uses the academic electronic library ProQuest One Academic.

ProQuest One Academic brings together four essential multi-disciplinary resources into a seamless user experience to serve the most users across disciplines.

  • ProQuest Central offers thousands of full-text scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, working papers, and more from most important publishers.
  • Academic complete provides over 225,000 full-text eBooks from key publishers, spanning a wide range of subject areas.
  • PQDT Global is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses, including 5 million citations and nearly 3 million full-text works from thousands of universities.
  • Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive streaming video solution available for libraries, spanning ~80,000 titles across subjects.


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