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In the BEL Faculty, we strive to continually advance theory and practice through our research in the disciplines of business, economics and law. Our aspiration is to positively influence society through the creation, dissemination and application of new knowledge. Four of the BEL fields of research are identified in UQ’s Top 30 Research Strengths:

Applied and Theoretical Economics research

Has established an enviable international reputation across a range of fields including economic theory, econometrics and applied economics (including environmental economics). These researchers are among Australia’s most sought-after sources of economic commentary and analysis. Theoretical Economics was rated 5 (the top score of well above world standard) in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2010, 2012 and 2015).

Business, Management and Finance research

UQ Business and Management researchers tackle a wide range of big issues facing businesses, with projects ranging from start-up and entrepreneurial firms, through to the challenges facing larger organisations around their strategy, efforts at building high performance work cultures, staying innovative, and competing successfully as international businesses (Rated 5 in ERA 2015).  The Banking, Finance and Investment researchers study the decisions of firms and individuals and their interrelation with financial institutions. UQ has specific expertise in firm valuation, asset pricing and portfolio analysis (Rated 5 in ERA 2010 and 2012; 4 in ERA 2015).

UQ Law research

UQ Law researchers undertake and disseminate research across a wide range of legal fields. This diverse and energetic research community is making a significant contribution to the understanding and development of law nationally and internationally; to the effectiveness of law as a discipline; and to a better understanding of its relationship with other fields (Rated 4 in ERA 2012 and 2015).

Information Systems and Computational Science

Examines the interplay between people and information systems, information systems in our organisations and covers the design and engineering of IT artefacts, as well as computational science (Rated 5 in ERA 2010, 2012 and 2015).

Tourism research

While not currently in UQ’s Top 30 research strengths (Rated 5 in 2015, highest in Australia), tourism is a major feature of the Queensland economy. Our Tourism researchers have established international reputations in several areas, including tourism policy and planning and visitor research.