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Blast response and safety assessment of transport tunnels

Transport tunnels are important components of the transport systems in major cities. They can be vulnerable to bomb explosions caused by accidental or deliberate means.This project will evaluate the vulnerability of transport tunnels to credible blast events and the influence of key parameters. We'll then propose measures to mitigate the adverse effects of such explosions to maximise the safety of passengers, infrastructure and transport vehicles.

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Engaging recreational fishers in the management of fisheries habitats

Recreational fishing is Australia’s most popular sport and leisure activity. The number of recreational fishers in Australia is significant and they have considerable political influence. Recreational fishers also have the potential to be instrumental in successful fisheries conservation, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship efforts.We welcome research proposals which will contribute to understanding stakeholder engagement strategies for the collaborative management of fishing areas and the meaningful engagement of recreational fishers in a range of advocacy, conservation, monitoring, enforcement, and habitat restoration …

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

Industrial water treatment

Our research group has a strong focus on solving problems related to water treatment.Research topics in this area include, but are not limited to:coal seam gasshale oil and gasmunicipal wastewateracid mine drainagemining waterfood and beverage manufacturingagriculturedesalinationammonia and phosphate nutrient recoverymetal recovery.The majority of projects involve collaboration with industry. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Geopolymers

Geopolymers are materials which are rapidly finding interest in industry because they are 90% less polluting than conventional portland cement. They're made by reacting aluminosilicate materials with alkaline solutions in the presence of a reaction promoter.We're examining new geopolymers made from Australian-based minerals, such as zeolites and clays.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Virtual environments in trade shows

An increasingly adopted feature in trade show displays is the use of virtual environments as a marketing tool. This academically under-explored area focuses on the marketing possibilities Ato trade show organisers and exhibitors due to communication and information technology advances.Given the online environment’s unprecedented potential to reach customers globally, research is limited on understanding how a firm’s practices and structure need to change to incorporate the virtual environment into their strategy and add value to the organisation. Conventional marketing practices …

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

External enablement of entrepreneurship

It is widely acknowledged that new technologies, demographic and socioeconomic shifts, regulatory changes, social movements and changes to the natural environment significantly influence the viability of particular new ventures. While some previous studies have documented how individual instances of such changes have stimulated entrepreneurial initiatives, a unifying theory has been lacking. Entrepreneurship research has also struggled with making progress on this topic under the dominant notion of “objective, pre-existing opportunities”. Researchers at ACE have recently pioneered a new approach to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Lead unit
Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Spatial profiling of the tumour microenvironment

Lung cancers are the leading cause of cancer related deaths in Australia, with a 5-year survival of 15%. With the emerging success of immune checkpoint blockage leading to durable responses and prolonged survival in 15-40% of cases, there is now a need for predictive biomarkers to guide selection for immunotherapies.The immune contexture of the tumour microenvironment (TME) is an important factor in dictating how well a tumour may respond to immune checkpoint therapies (1). Spatial and immunological composition with cellular …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Health
Lead unit
School of Biomedical Sciences

International human rights law (environment and climate change)

Dr Bridget Lewis is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on the topics of environmental justice and human rights protections in energy and natural resource policies, climate change mitigation and adaption, or international human rights law (environment and climate change).

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
Lead unit
School of Law

Mitigating vehicular crashes into structures using innovative materials technology

With population increases in major cities accompanied by increase in vehicles on road and waterways, structures such as columns in buildings and bridges as well as walls in buildings that are adjacent to the roads or waterways become vulnerable to vehicular crashes. These impacts cause damage or failure to the structure and injuries/deaths to passengers and users of the structure.This project will evaluate the vulnerability of one of those structures to credible vehicular crash and the effects of controlling parameters. …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The role of culture as a contributor to fraud, bribery and corruption in Australia

Over the past five years, it has been noted by industry and academics that the cultural environment of an organisation plays a large part in promoting or minimising incidents of fraud, bribery and corruption. The importance of this topic is that there is little empirical evidence to support this view, yet substantial anecdotal evidence in cases such as Enron, HIH Insurance, ING and the Queensland Health (Barlow) fraud.This research topic would assist in addressing this gap. …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Digital community engagement: how do organisations use digital technologies for community engagement?

'Engagement' describes practices an organisation undertakes to build stakeholder relationships and respond to the social opinion environment. These practices build on individual-level engagement to facilitate stakeholder and community connection, participation, and involvement across and within organisational boundaries and stakeholder networks. This study seeks to understand the role and characteristics of digital technologies in enabling engagement.Required skills and experienceThis project is ideal for a candidate with strong skills in qualitative research and academic writing. …

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

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