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The School is committed to a research culture that focuses on international excellence. Research performance is viewed as a critical determinant of both the School’s reputation and its ability to attract top students and world class academics to the School.

The School’s research objectives align with the University’s aim of attracting the very best researchers and further building on our competitive strengths.

Research Strengths

The School has identified four main areas of research strength and strategic focus:

 And ‘emerging areas’:

  • Mining, Energy and Resources
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Higher Degree by Research Programs

The school offers a range of topic areas for higher degree research students. For more information, contact the Higher Degrees by Research support team in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.

Research Highlights

  • Cristina Gibson is listed on the Thomson Reuters high citation list for 2015 in the Economics & Business category.
  • Professor Sharon Parker has been awarded a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship. This is one of only 16 Laureate Fellowships awarded nationally in the current round. Sharon was awarded just under $3,000,000 for this five year fellowship which will support her research and enable the establishment of the Centre for Transformative Work Design.
  • Julie Lee and Geoff Soutar were successful in winning $510,247 in ARC Linkage Grant funding. Researchers from the Universities of Amsterdam, London and Queensland will collaborate on the project which engages Pureprofile, an Australia-based global technology company, as industry partner. The study aims to understand the complex relations between people’s life goals and their consumption behavior, exploring age, life-stage and cohort effects.
  • A paper co-authored by Cristina Gibson has been named the most influential to be published in the Journal of International Business Studies in the last decade. This is based on total citations, total number of journals citing the paper, and total number of leading journals (excluding JIBS) citing the paper.
  • Geoff Soutar has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Australia & New Zealand Marketing Academy.  
  • Geoff Soutar has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (FASSA) is an honour conferred for scholarly distinction in research or the advancement of social sciences.
  • Jill Sweeney's co-paper, Health Care Customer Value Cocreation Practice Styles (Journal of Service Research, November 2012) was listed in Shugan’s Top 20 Marketing Meta-Journal (Volume 3, Issue 10). Winthrop Professor Jill Sweeney has been working in the area of transformational service research in the context of healthcare with colleagues Professor Tracey Danaher, Monash University and Professor Janet McColl-Kennedy, the University of Queensland. The research investigates customer value cocreation in and how customers can contribute to their own wellbeing in the context of a chronic illness. The project is also useful to healthcare and other professional service managers, in identifying how to increase customers’ quality of life. The project is supported through  an ARC Linkage grant, ‘Customer Co-production in Ongoing Health Service Delivery: A Longitudinal Study’ This has led to three A* journal articles to date, the highly cited paper "Health Care Customer Value Cocreation Practice Styles," is published in the Journal of Service Research, 2012 volume 15, issue 4.