Business Research

UNE Business School’s research focus is shaped by space and place, UNE’s international reputation in applied agricultural research and our commitment to solving complex problems in rural and regional Australia. Located in a regional community, we understand the value of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to local economies, and the importance of understanding the foundations for regional development. In applying our disciplinary skills we seek to deliver practical, commercial and sustainable benefits to our regional, national and global stakeholders.

We have a dynamic and active research culture with a strong record of scholarly publications, research grants and postgraduate completions. We collaborate with prominent industry players and leading researchers both nationally and internationally. We deliver research that enables better business practice and public policy in Australia and internationally.

We have a strong record of cross-disciplinary research, both within the School and in collaboration with UNE colleagues in Environmental and Rural Sciences, Law, Geography, Psychology, Health, Education and ICT to addressing UNE’s thematic research priorities of:

  • Australia’s future food and water security: smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability protecting biodiversity, effective policies
  • Our communities, our neighbours: regional and rural development, sustainability, prosperity and peace.

Our research occurs largely in association with two centres within the School:

“The Centre for Agribusiness offers bold, creative and sustainable solutions to big questions of food industry performance, global food security and best management practice. It is a platform from which we are able to reimagine data to facilitate innovation in the sector.”

“The Centre for Local Government is a multi-disciplinary centre for research, consultancy and education activities. Its mission is to facilitate support, service, education and leadership to all sectors of local government in Australia. This is achieved through four core areas: education, professional development, consultancy and research."

Staff within the School are also committed to enhancing their pedagogy and curriculum, as well as informing their teaching through scholarly contributions to the wider field of business education.

Our research has a real-world impact in addition to academic publication. We produce applied research which influences policy through our links with local, state and national government agencies. Our scholarly contributions in the delivery of innovative online and blended learning models in business support systemic curriculum evolution. Through innovative research and active engagement with external partners we have a direct effect on our closest stakeholders (students and graduates).

Our impact on industry and local communities occurs largely through our network of relationships with small and medium businesses, chambers of commerce, industry bodies, and local government. At the international level, we collaborate with other universities, United Nations agencies, research and development agencies and civil society organisations. Many of our graduates from developing countries are in positions of influence and are helping improve government policy and education in their home countries.