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Organisation and work


This broad area focuses on people's experiences at work, how they feel, how they perform, and how improvements can be made.

Research programs and groups

Details of our researchers and their areas of expertise:

Business School research

Our researchers work within the School of Management of the QUT Business School, in collaboration with other Business School and QUT researchers.

Find out more about joining us as a researcher or student:


Research excellence

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 score:

  • 4 (above world standard)

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.


We are highly successful in obtaining research funds through nationally competitive grants, such as Australian Research Council Disocvery and Linkage grants. Our partners in government and industry also provide generous funds under commercial arrangements.

Between 2010 and 2013 we received approximately $2.5 million in research funds.


Our research regularly appears in blind peer-reviewed journals and books. We also produce reports and conference papers.


This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.

Student topics

Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.

We foster partnerships with industry and government to solve complex problems and create innovative solutions.

Our close links with academic institutions worldwide and cross-disciplinary approach ensure our research is at the leading edge.

Research partnerships

Major international linkages

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Otago
  • University of San Francisco
  • National Taiwan University
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Birmingham
  • ESCP Europe
  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Kent

Significant corporate partnerships

  • Defence Materiel Organisation
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Education Queensland

Cross-disciplinary engagement

Strong collaboration within QUT:

  • Science and Engineering Faculty
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health
  • QUT School of Economics and Finance
  • Collaborative research centres, such as the CRC for Rail innovation

We measure our success by it's impact in the real world. Here are just a few examples of how we benefit industry and the community.


Sexual harassment at work

On behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, we developed a framework for prevention of sexual harassment in workplaces.

"This research has provided a platform for raising awareness of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces." Australian Human Rights Commission

Working children

Over three years, we examined how school-age students understand and negotiate paid work. Our findings, which are nationally relevant, have informed high school curricula and the Australian Government's guidance for young workers.

"The research has identified a gap in the curriculum covering student rights and responsibilities in the labour market." Education Queensland

LNG risks

Working with Air Energi Group, we identified key people-related issues that impact major projects in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector and developed a comprehensive tool for identifying and analysing risks.

QUT Business School research office