Institute for Future
Environments

Embracing the digital age

Overview

Our research tackles the grand economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world this century. Through this research theme, we are addressing real-world challenges in the digital sector.

Real-world trends

Digital transformation of businesses and societies is one of the most significant drivers of the wellbeing of societies and individuals. Data is now recognised as an asset and value driver everywhere in the economy, in every sector and every organisation.

Technologies including mobile devices, the Internet of Things, spatial information and big data analytics are having a significant impact on business productivity and processes. New opportunities and industries are emerging, and with them come new challenges and risks relating to privacy, access, security, crime and intellectual property.

Grand challenges

The grand challenges Australia must address in the digital sector are:

  • identifying and capitalising on the commercial and social potential of emerging digital technologies
  • positioning Australia to export digital services to the expanding Asian middle class
  • developing vibrant tech start-up communities in Australia that can seize the opportunities presented by collaborative consumption and the sharing economy.

Our research strategy

Impact

Our research is designed to drive these changes in the real world:

  • stronger, more resilient and inclusive communities fostered by the digital age
  • increased value of tech businesses and digitally transformed businesses based in Australia
  • individuals benefit from digital transformation through reduced costs of living, access to new services and a higher quality of life.

Focus

We are investigating how to:

  • improve business productivity and profitability by helping organisations to better understand their business, customers and competitors
  • predict and manage the impacts of emerging digital technologies on individuals, businesses and societies by focusing on legislation, sustainability and privacy
  • define new business strategies based on digital transformation of products and services.

Research facilities

We use several specialist research facilities, including:

People

We draw on the broad expertise of QUT's six faculties, assembling teams of researchers from different disciplines to work on large-scale projects relating to our natural, built and virtual environments.

Theme leader

Leadership team

QUT Business School

Creative Industries Faculty

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Health

Science and Engineering Faculty

Knowledge to Innovation Broker

Partnership enquiries

Contact Raymond Johnson, our Knowledge to Innovation Broker, about research partnership opportunities with us.