BEL researchers well-represented in ARC funding

10 Nov 2015

UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law has been awarded over $3 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) grant funding.

Professor Victor Callan, BEL Associate Dean (Research), said the 2016 ARC funding round highlighted the significance of the Faculty’s research.

“Despite the huge number of ARC grant applications from around Australia, the BEL Faculty is well-represented,” he said.

“Following this round, ten of our researchers will be involved in six major ARC Discovery Projects - some of them in partnership with their international colleagues.   

“Two BEL researchers have also received ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards.

“I believe this outcome speaks to our ability to produce relevant, game-changing research.”

This year’s ARC grant recipients will examine hot-button issues such as international migration, the business of health, promoting innovation and Australia’s climate change policy.

UQ Business School received ARC Discovery Project funding for four separate projects:

Professor Tom Smith and Dr Martina Linnenluecke will collaborate with Professor Robert Whaley from Vanderbilt University on Australia’s climate change strategy and our readiness for the “clean technology revolution”

Professor Janet McColl-Kennedy and Associate Professor Leonard Coote will investigate multi-person decision-making in medical care with researchers from Florida State University and the UQ Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Associate Professor Marta Indulska, Associate Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne and Associate Professor John Steen will examine how organisations can adopt “open innovation” to generate new ideas

Dr Sabine Matook will work with Professor Richard Vidgen from Hull University on the management of agile software development projects.

School of Economics Professor John Quiggin received a Discovery Project grant for his research on decision theory. He will work with Professor L.A. Paul from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Professor Jennifer Corrin from the TC Beirne School of Law will collaborate with Professor Mark Moran from UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research. With their Discovery Project grant, the Professors will investigate how to better manage the flow of public finance and people across international borders.

Two researchers from the School of Economics also received ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

Dr David Adamson will assess how to maximise the national benefits of restoring water flows in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin while Dr Kenan Kalayci will look at market responses to behavioural consumer policy.

Professor Callan said the DECRA grants are invaluable tools for the Faculty’s early-career researchers.

“These grants provide further support for the next generation of researchers, setting them on a path to achieve great things.”