Research strengths

The UNSW Business School has a number of core areas of research strength.

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


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 our other areas of strength, we have recently 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, our research strengths all address important policy challenges or governance issues:

  • 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, we have a number of research centres and institutes that bring together researchers with common interests to facilitate collaboration and external partnerships. Our academic researchers within our eight schools 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.