Research topics and projects

Find a topic you can investigate and see what our students are researching in the QUT Business School.

Within each area of interest, you can find open topics at your study level: PhD, Masters, Honours or the Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES) for eligible undergraduates.

Choosing a topic does not exempt applicants from providing a full research proposal in the application.

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The role of accounting in the Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) political debate

Coal seam gas (CSG) has become one of the most contentious socio-enviro-political issues in Queensland, with proponents on both sides drawing on the same environmental data to produce environmental impact statements and cost/benefit analysis to argue their cases. This study will investigate how accounting practices of measurement are used to quantify the impact of coal seam gas operations, and how these numbers are used for the political arguments on both sides.

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Examining consumer willingness to pay (WTP) for local food products

Local food and local product consumption in Australia has seen a significant rise in recent times. This study would seek to determine consumers' willingness to pay (WTP) for local food products and contrast this with generic and national branded food products.The study would employ an experimental methodology and potentially interval regressions to investigate the individual demographic and consumption characteristic impacts on WTP. Expected results should determine the amount consumers are willing to pay for local food products compared with generic …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

How shopper expectations influence retailing success

Shoppers enter stores with expectations. How do they expect to be treated by employees? What quality goods and prices are expected? This PhD looks at shoppers who have high expectations of how they should be treated. You will discover how these people differ from others. In addition you should contribute to knowledge by improving our understanding of these shoppers.The successful applicant will have an interest in consumer psychology, a strong background in research methods, and good communicative and collaborative skills. …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Consumer memory for marketing communications

The project is suited to students studying business and psychology courses.

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

The human factors in self-service technology

Organisations are increasingly moving toward self-service technology (where consumers deliver services themselves using technological interfaces). While this increases organisational efficiencies, it has the potential to significantly impact customer engagement with the organisation. We're seeking a Masters or PhD student to investigate the human factors involved in self-service technology delivery: How do situational factors impact consumers' adoption of self-service technologies? What motivators and inhibitors impact self-service technology usage? Do consumers always respond appropriately within self-service environments? The successful applicant for this …

Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy

Improving the workplace through self-service technology

Employees are recognised as valuable resources for organisations. Increasingly though, organisations are introducing more technology into the workplace. Often there is the perception that increased technology causes employees stress.The focus of this research would be to investigate whether self-service technology (where the employee uses technology to facilitate their job) can actually improve the work environment through increased perceptions of empowerment and by creating more engaged environments. How can this affect the service climate from the employees’ perspectives and also from …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Do shoppers really care about buying local foods?

Consumers are becoming more active in choosing alternative channels to purchase locally grown and produced foods, for example, consider the growth of farmer's markets, roadside stalls, community gardens and community-supported agriculture programs. Supermarkets and grocers continue to tailor their assortments to include ethnic, organic, natural and local foods to meet changing consumer needs.Australian research is limited, although one early study has found 'buying locally produced foods' was considered an important attribute (Lea and Worsley, 2007). International research has tended to …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Honours

Tourism destinations in the digital and social media age

Consumers have more information available to them than ever before. Through the internet and other self-service technology facilities we are able to gather information at the touch of a finger. However, can we have too much information?The purpose of this research would be to look at consumer engagement with a tourist destination. What impact does the amount of information collected via your own means have on your satisfaction with your stay? Do more thorough information searches mean a better experience? …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Technology and tourism

Consumers have more information available to them than ever before. Through the internet and other self-service technology facilities we are able to gather information at the touch of a finger. However, can we have too much information?This research aims to identify the impact of online information gathering by tourists heading to a new destination. In particular, this research would look at the effects of potential information synergies or information overload. How do consumers evaluate the quality of this information? How …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Floods and insurance in Queensland

In response to the floods in 2011, insurance companies have lifted premiums significantly in areas known to flood. In addition, a standardised definition of 'flood' has been developed at federal government level to alleviate confusion about policy terms. Given that the predominant purposes of insurance are to alleviate and to spread risk, there is a policy and economic question as to whether all home and contents insured should bear the burden of mandatory covers against events like flooding, or whether …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

Individual responses to workplace sexual harassment

Research has revealed that responses from targets of workplace sexual harassment to their perpetrators are often, for various reasons, passive and non-confrontational. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that targets use a range of individual-level, informal or private strategies in attempt to cease the harassment they are experiencing. These strategies may be at least partially effective.This study utilises existing data sets to explore informal and individual-level responses to workplace sexual harassment. It seeks to contribute to recommendations for strategies that compliment those …

Centre/School
School of Management
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours

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