Business research gets a boost18 December 2017

Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Business School were well represented in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants announced last month.

Collectively, UQ researchers have been awarded $32 million for work designed to create positive change across business, science, health, engineering and the humanities.

The ARC announced the funding as part of the latest round of Discovery Projects, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs), Discovery Indigenous Projects and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ was awarded 57 Discovery Project grants, totalling $21.4 million, and 19 DECRAs amounting to $6.75 million. A consortium of universities led by UQ was awarded $3.5 million in the LIEF scheme.

Nationally, the ARC announced $225 million in grants for 594 Discovery Projects across 34 universities.

“UQ won the second highest number of Discovery Project grants awarded to universities across Australia, underscoring its position as a research powerhouse,” Professor Høj said.

“And the 19 DECRA awards have confirmed our position as the most successful university in the life of the DECRA scheme, which is designed to support researchers in their early career phases.

“It’s exciting to see funding for diverse research with potential to create change in health, infrastructure, the economy and the environment.”

Congratulations to the following UQ Business School ARC grant recipients:

Discovery Projects

“Triggering pro-environmental behaviour in pleasure-seeking contexts” – Lead investigator: Professor Sara Dolnicar (UQ Business School)

Funding: $142,628

This project aims to trigger environmentally friendly behaviours in tourists rather than relying on government or industry action. Using field experiments, the effectiveness of newly developed theory-based measures to reduce plate waste at hotel buffets will be tested. The expected outcomes could substantially improve the sustainability of tourism globally, regionally and locally.


“Smart micro learning with open education resources” – Lead investigator: Associate Professor Jun Shen (University of Wollongong); other investigators: Dr Tingru Cui (University of Wollongong); Dr Dongming Xu (UQ Business School)

Funding: $362,666

Administered by the University of Wollongong, this project aims to enhance personalised learning systems for mobile device users to help meet each individual learner’s needs. The project tackles the problems around the increasingly popular mobile and 'micro learning’ platforms, where people learn on the move and in small units of time.


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