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Design, health and wellbeing

The Design Lab is looking for HDR students interested in studying topics that fit within the four key themes of research:Design and communityDesign, health and wellbeingDesign and sustainabilityDesign and social entrepreneurshipDesign, health and wellbeingThe World Health Organisation defines health as a state of wellbeing that is a lifelong active process. Driven by new technologies, people's health-and-wellness-related activities have shifted from tangible contexts to digital and global informed experiences. Yet, it is also important that the future of health and wellness …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
Lead unit
Design Lab

Design and social entrepreneurship

The Design Lab is looking for HDR students interested in studying topics that fit within the four key themes of research:Design and communityDesign and health and wellbeingDesign and sustainabilityDesign and social entrepreneurshipDesign and Social EntrepreneurshipA new wave of social entrepreneurship is emerging around the world to make positive changes towards more liveable and equitable futures through entrepreneurial activities with economic viability and social impact. With the increasing emphasis on entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy, including reducing the unemployment rates, …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
Lead unit
Design Lab

Who values choice and who doesn’t?

Marketers, policy makers and consumers alike believe that having a choice is a good thing. In fact, there is a large body in favour of this position (i.e. Deci & Ryan, 1985; Mochon, 2013).More recently, however, there has been a debate about whether we can really see this as a universal truth. Recent research found that:making a choice only increases evaluations of choice outcomes when choosing across specific alternatives (Botti & Iyengar, 2004)choice is only motivating for people with specific …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Understanding crowd work: working in the digital economy

Crowd work is a rapidly expanding form of employment or income-generating activity in the global, digital economy. Also known as microwork or crowdsourcing, examples of crowd work include the use of platforms such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk, MicroWork and Blur Group. Tasks undertaken range widely from very simple micro-tasks (data-entry, copy-and-paste) to developing new designs for homes, for example.Crowd working, according to the popular press, offers substantial benefits and a competitive advantage to companies in terms of access to a …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

Space-filling curves and DNA

Space-filling curves are examples of fractals, with perhaps the most famous being Hilbert's curve. This project explores the nature of space-filling curves as realistic models for the folding of DNA in the nucleus of a cell.The project also explore the  use of linear algebra techniques in trying to capture essential structural components of space-filling curves, and attempt to relate these ideas to experiments involving chromatin conformation capture in three-dimensional space.

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Investigating constraints in optimally controlled ODE systems

In an optimal control problem, a system of state equations is formed to model some process. This system of equations is coupled to an objective functional which summarises the goal of the optimisation process and the systemic costs associated with the model. The control is a variable that can be manipulated from outside of the system and could take many forms. The optimal control is the form of the control variable that optimises the objective functional. An example could be …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

The softer side of next-gen entrepreneurship: the emotional experience and success

Next-generation (next-gen) entrepreneurs are described as people who operate solely in online environments (i.e. via the internet). The internet and mobile technologies have profoundly impacted the ways in which business is conducted, yet little is known about this new type of business environment. There has been considerable research into entrepreneurs who operate largely in physical 'bricks and mortar' settings, however the literature is limited in providing insight into entrepreneurs who operate solely in online environments.We know that emotions influence the …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Design and sustainability

The Design Lab is looking for HDR students interested in studying topics that fit within the four key themes of research:Design and communityDesign, health and wellbeingDesign and sustainabilityDesign and social entrepreneurshipDesign and sustainabilityThe Design and sustainability research theme is positioned across all three aspects of the triple bottom line: Environment, Social and Economic. Specifically, research within the Design Lab in this theme focuses on:Design-led research that informs government and industry policy and action, and leads to the endorsement and promotion …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
Lead unit
Design Lab

Creative learning and creative workforce

QUT's Creative Lab is looking for HDR students interested in studying topics that fit within the four key themes of research:Experimental creative practiceDigital, screen and narrativeSocially and ecologically engaged practiceCreative learning and creative workforceCreative learning and creative workforceComprehensive, innovative arts and creative initiatives are taking root in a growing number of education institutions, communities and corporate organisations. Many of these models are based on innovative and forward thinking research, and they embrace a variety of approaches: using the arts as …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
Lead unit
Creative Lab

Design and community

The Design Lab is looking for HDR students interested in studying topics that fit within the four key themes of research:Design and communityDesign, health and wellbeingDesign and sustainabilityDesign and social entrepreneurshipDesign and communityThe Design Lab’s community research theme contributes to designing thriving communities, within the complex context of inter-relating built, natural, technical and social infrastructures. The community theme works within a framework that is innovative, proactive, and future orientated. The demands being made on communities have significantly changed over the …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters
Faculty
Creative Industries Faculty
Lead unit
Design Lab

Effects of mobile app inaccessibility

Customer experience (CE) has become a key topic in both academic research and management practice. In today's technology-driven world, however, a range of new media touchpoints are evolving and creating new consumer experience. In particular, the emergence of mobile application software (apps) has grown explosively in conjunction with the worldwide use of smartphones in recent years. Understanding interactions with, and consumption of, mobile apps is of critical importance to both businesses and academia.Research topicsWhat are different types of service failures …

Study level
Research Masters, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School

When do larger food items increase choice and consumption?

Increases in serving sizes and the obesity epidemic have made it paramount for companies and public policy makers to develop a better understanding of how product design shapes choice and consumption.Yet much confusion exists in the literature. Research on the so-called “unit bias” suggests that consumers perceive single products as the appropriate amount to choose and consume, leading to the notion that the larger the product, the more we consume (Geier, Rozin & Doros, 2006; Geier & Rozin, 2009). Similarly, …

Study level
PhD, Research Masters, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

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