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Our faculty conducts leading research in a range of areas. Below is just a sample of what we are currently researching.

Self-Medication — Scott Koslow

Scott's research aims to determine the consumer healthcare industry's value in the Australian economic and healthcare environment, critical insights into consumers' attitudes and behaviour towards self care, and the value of self care in contributing to a sustainable healthcare system in the future.

With ageing populations and health conditions becoming increasingly chronic and complex, the healthcare challenges we face are significant. This research seeks to assert consumer sovereignty by providing the insights that will help policymakers understand the value of the consumer choice in their health decisions. It may even go a step further by providing the necessary evidence and impetus for the Australian government and key healthcare authorities to support the expansion of responsible self care practices across the country.

Current projects: Self-care and self-medication, joint research with ASMI

Risk Culture — Elizabeth Sheedy

Risk Culture is 'the shared perceptions among employees of the relative priority given to risk management, including the practices and behaviours that are expected, valued and supported'

Regulators and industry participants alike acknowledge the importance of organisational culture in banks as a crucial factor in preventing scandal, unexpected losses and even insolvency. 'Risk Culture' has been identified as being a key driver of employee behaviour and causal factor related to undesirable outcomes in banks.

Current projects: Elements of Risk Governance and Culture (CIFR-E039)

Cultural Economics — David Throsby

The motivation for this project in a practical sense has to do with heritage policy.  Heritage is owned both privately and publicly. Regardless of ownership, there are likely to be strong public-good or externality elements in the value of heritage, and hence there is an important public interest involved in its conservation and management.

In 2005 the Productivity Commission held an enquiry into the built heritage in Australia which raised a number of issues, including how to reconcile public and private interests in this field. An important task of this project is to sort out and rationalise these interests, such that a sensible approach to assessing the full value of heritage can be developed.

Current projects: Heritage Valuation Project

Teleworking — Yvette Blount

Teleworking has generally been defined as working from a home office. What is exciting is that anywhere working can be further expanded to include working from a telework (smart) hub.

It means we can access the skills and capabilities of people wherever they are, it allows people who otherwise are excluded from the workplace to be productive (eg. those with disabilities or those that live in remote areas) and we have the capability to be competitive in the globalised economy.

Current projects: Australia Anywhere Working Research Network