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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Exploring the attributes that influence the purchase of indigenous art and souvenirs

What attributes influence a consumers' intention to purchase indigenous art and souvenirs? Research has suggested ‘perception of authenticity’ motivate some consumers to seek out and purchase such products. However, authenticity may relate to the marker/artist, aesthetics of the design, or material use. These attributes are identified through the extant literature in indigenous art and souvenirs. The purpose of this research project is to determine what influences perceptions of authenticity, leading to purchase intention.

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

Gender, disability and entrepreneurship

Despite women’s entrepreneurship research encouraging scholars to expand upon the questions asked and approaches taken (Ahl, 2006; Hughes et al., 2012) there are few studies exploring the intersection of gender and disability in this field. This topic area offers students the opportunity to study gender and disability in relation to entrepreneurship, and potentially explore the experiences of disabled women entrepreneurs, an under-researched group. Broadly, the topic has the potential to advance the gender and entrepreneurship field by exploring how and …

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

Consumer reactions to voice-based AI

Artificial intelligence increasingly allows marketers to manipulate video and audio materials in a manner that has been restricted to still pictures in the past. Yet little is known about how consumers engage with and react to marketing content that consumers know has been manipulated in this fashion. For instance, for whom, when and why do interactions with voice-based AI (e.g. Google Duplex, Healed through A.I.) reduce purchase intentions. Building on research from interpersonal interactions (Lechner & Mathmann, 2020) and motivational …

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

Technological innovation systems and industry development

I am seeking research students (either MPhil or PhD) wanting to undertake research into the innovation systems that support society wide technological innovations and subsequent industrial development. For example, Australia, like many countries, is attempting to develop new industries in clean energy. For each of these, the pathway from innovation to a viable, self-sustaining industry is difficult. I am interested in exploring the barriers that prevent successful development of the innovation system in which each technology operates.Battery industries, with industry …

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

Understanding authenticity seeking in the purchase of indigenous art and souvenirs

There is a growing and substantial body of knowledge concerning tourists' perception of authenticity for indigenous art and souvenirs. Such products have significant impact on local economies. For tourist and visitors, indigenous art and souvenirs are mementos of their travel experiences and help tourists appreciate cross-cultural differences. However, more and more, these products are becoming mass-produced objects where the satisfaction of tourists and the profit motives of retailers are given priority. From the demand side, there are many motives for …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

The transition from education to employment for migrants in Australia

The extent to which current employability models explain the transition from education to work for migrants in Australia has received little empirical attention to date. For example, social capital plays an integral part in most young people’s transitions into employment, yet many migrant Australians lack accessibility to social networks that create employment opportunities outside their local communities. This topic would be suitable for students who are interested in exploring migrant job seekers’ experiences in transitioning from education to employment across …

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

Creating inclusive organisations

Organisations are increasingly striving to implement inclusive HRM practices that will lead to sustainable employment for people with disabilities. Yet a low employment rate for people with disabilities persists in Australia. Arguably, sustainable employment of people with disability sits at the nexus of the individual, organisations and society. Hence this topic could be explored from the individual and/or organisational perspective. There are opportunities for student projects in the broad area of creating inclusive organisational environments including, but not limited to:inclusive …

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

Curtailing corporate tax aggression through uncertain tax benefits

Over the last five years Australia has adopted numerous measures to address aggressive corporate tax practices. A recent addition to these measures (on the 1st of January 2019) is AASB Interpretation 23 - Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments, which was developed to clarify the treatment of uncertain tax positions. This interpretation requires entities who produce general purpose financial reports (GPFRs) to disclose uncertain tax benefits (UTB) in the notes to their financial statements. Extant literature suggests that UTB disclosures are …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy
Study levels
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia

Indigenous entrepreneurship is an emerging field of academic research. The creation of new ventures by indigenous people has important implications for diversity, job creation and regional economic development for disadvantaged people. Generally, in Australia, there has been a strong focus on indigenous tourism entrepreneurship, however research suggests that this may not be the most effective pathway (Ruhanen, Whitford & McLennan, 2015). This project will seek to understand the state of play of indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia by undertaking a desktop …

Centre/School
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Understanding Online Global Shopping Event Participation

Online global shopping events, like Singles’ Day, Amazon Prime Day, Click Frenzy and Cyber Monday, resemble traditional physical sales events, like Black Friday and Post-Christmas sales, however differ operationally in that they exist digitally. Such online sales events have grown significantly in sales, media attention and consumer interest. While researchers have examined consumer behaviour in the context of physical retail sales events – such as willingness to attend, participate, or value sought – research is scare in relation to this …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Study levels
PhD
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

Partnering with Health Consumers: Conceptualizing and Measuring Health Engagement

In Australia healthcare facilities are required to ‘partner with consumers’ to improve service experiences. To meet this accreditation requirement, a new type of healthcare management professional, referred to as an engagement advisor, is emerging alongside existing patient advocates. As boundary spanners between healthcare facilities and consumers, the capabilities of health engagement professionals and their understanding of health engagement are critical to the success of consumer partnering.Commensurate with current healthcare engagement research, this study will gather data from consumers, healthcare staff …

Centre/School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Culture and financial corruption risks in Local Government

Local governments plays an important role in the lives of everyday Queenslander's. However, a recent investigation into local government by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found widespread governance and integrity failures and corruption by local Councillors and employees. This VRES project is part of a larger project with a forensic accounting firm that is looking at how we can improve financial accountability and governance in local councils that will build healthy cultures and practices that minimise corruption risk. We are …

Centre/School
School of Accountancy

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