Our research

Gain the skills you need to get ahead in your workplace, or kick-start your research career by choosing a masters or PhD with Deakin Business School (DBS).

Interested in research-level study?

We focus on high-quality discovery, using industry connections to carry out commercial research that’s relevant to both business and the wider community.

DBS research degree students get world-class education and the chance to collaborate, learn and share ideas through regular research seminars, conferences and workshops.

Our six research departments are renowned for first-rate teaching facilities and regular seminars, strong industry engagement and their innovative research in related fields.

Learn more about our PhD program

Research centres

Our research centres take the strengths of Deakin Business School and invest them in projects designed to make a difference.

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre

Director: Professor George Tanewski

Generates robust research and knowledge on small-medium size enterprises to inform diverse policy change and to support better SME practice.

Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre

Director: Professor Peter Carey

Promotes the adoption of integrated reporting in Australia and internationally through research, thought leadership, and education.

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)

Director: Dr Karen Dunwoodie

CREATE researches how best to support people from a refugee background to obtain meaningful education, training, and employment, to develop practical research-based solutions to support people from a refugee background to obtain employment and gain access to education and training.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Business

Director: Professor Hind Benbya

Brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers and experts to examine how AI technologies are transforming work and organisations. Focusing on AI and the future of work, leveraging AI for business, ethics and responsible practices in AI and algorithms and AI for social good.

Centre for Disaster Resilience and Recovery

Director: Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu

Through excellent research, consultancy and training, we assist individuals, businesses and governments to enhance their economic and social resilience to, and recovery from, disasters.

Research units

Arts and Creative Industries Research and Engagement (ACiRE)

We conduct research that helps arts and cultural organisations to flourish.

Areas of research

  • Organisational change
  • Audience engagement
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Workforce development
  • Policy analysis
  • Impact evaluation
  • Market and brand development

Better Consumption Lab

We provide consumer and service insights to help address the world’s consumption challenges, to transform consumption into something that is healthy, sustainable, and just.

Areas of research

  • Health and wellbeing consumption
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Consumption and justice

Deakin Martech Clinic

Helping Australian SMEs to harness Marketing Technologies (MarTech) efficiently and effectively, through research, education, and engagement.

Areas of research

  • Effective application of marketing technologies by Australian SMEs, with the aim of delivering tangible (e.g. efficiency gains and cost savings) and intangible (e.g. employee participation and satisfaction) business benefits
  • Design/architecture and implementation, marketing automation tools, as well as data and analytics platforms
  • Services marketing, customer analytics and marketing communications

Impact Finance Hub

We explore how innovations in finance and investment can be used to generate beneficial economic and societal impact, toward a world where all financial innovations generate beneficial economic and societal impact by design.

Areas of research

  • Fintech
  • SDG investment and financing
  • Islamic financing


Deputy Director

Leadership Futures Hub

Our aim is to help leaders address contemporary and future challenges and create positive impact on societies through leadership research and industry engagement.

Areas of research

  • Leadership in crisis
  • Leadership for health and well-being
  • Emotionally intelligent leadership
  • Diversity and inclusive leadership
  • Socially responsible leadership

Women’s Entrepreneurship Research Alliance

We develop research-based programs that empower women in India and Australia to engage in entrepreneurial activity. Our vision is for women in India and Australia to have the same participation and success rates in entrepreneurial activity as men.

Areas of research

  • Examine the social and cultural determinants of entrepreneurial behaviour and success amongst women
  • Trial and evaluate entrepreneurship training and development programs

Learn more about the Women's entrepreneurship research alliance

Business newsroom

Keep up to date with relevant business news, browse our events and get important business insights from our research team’s opinion pieces.

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