About us

Welcome from the Associate Dean (Research)

I believe a business school should be like "an engineering school for the social sciences". The research and research training at the UNSW Business School closely reflect this analogy. In particular, we are producing high impact research that is both rigorous and relevant and we are placing our PhD students at leading universities and in important government and industry positions.

As part of our Strategy 2020 focus on high impact research, we have identified four world-leading strengths and four emerging strengths for our research in business and economics:

World-leading research strengths

Emerging research strengths

In terms of "Population Ageing", the UNSW Business School is host to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) that received $12.7 million in total funding for 2011-2017 in partnership with other universities, industry, and government, and an additional $27.25 million in funding for 2017-2024. CEPAR was the first social sciences research centre to be awarded ARC Centres of Excellence funding and remains the only Centre of Excellence to be hosted by a Business School.

For the other areas of strength, we have established seven research networks that bring together our academics into true teams that include leaders, rising stars, and early-career researchers.

Despite being quite distinct in their focus, these research strengths are all linked together in that they address important policy challenges or governance issues, with the research in each area contributing both in terms of the development of methods and in terms of their application to real-world problems. The important issues that our research networks and CEPAR address include the following:

  • What are the economic and social consequences of and possible policy responses to the massive changes in demographics worldwide over the last 50 years?
  • How can we design reporting standards, policies, regulations, and political systems to encourage honest provision of information by companies and governments to the public?
  • What are the causes of and solutions to discrimination (e.g., underrepresentation of women on corporate boards) and rising economic inequality?

Beyond these specific areas of strength, our academic researchers also have considerable expertise in many other fields, including behavioural management accounting, corporate finance, organisational behaviour, human resource management processes, marketing science, taxation administration, and macroeconomics.

We are closely engaged with government and industry and have been awarded the largest number of ARC Linkage grants within Business disciplines in Australia over the past five years. Our partners on these grants include CorVal Partners Limited, Netspar, AMP, Booz and Company, APG, GE Capital Finance Australasia Pty Ltd, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and CPA Australia.

Last but not least, our research students receive world-class training from our academics and have gone on to work in academia, government, and industry. Some notable recent placements of PhD students to academic positions include the University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Otago University, Durham University, Maastricht University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Sun Yat-sen University. Placements of PhD students in industry and government positions include Commerzbank AG, Kaggle, HSBC, Ernst & Young, Commonwealth Bank, AMP, and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

If you are interested in pursuing a research degree in the Business School, please contact business.researchdegree@unsw.edu.au.

If you are interested in research collaboration with our academics, please contact business.research@unsw.edu.au.

For media enquiries related to our research, please contact Julian Lorkin at j.lorkin@unsw.edu.au.

Please take a look at more information about our research strengths, research grants and performance, and research partnerships on this website. We also have information for current and prospective research students and on the resources available to researchers at the UNSW Business School.

Professor James Morley
Associate Dean (Research), UNSW Business School