Join our supportive business research community

Deakin Business School is home to distinctive research centres, hubs and units, which focus our research capabilities on pressing business questions. We are a dynamic research community with a vibrant masters and PhD program where you can get the skills to kick-start your research career.

Business research for positive change

Our research has an impact from the level of national policy down to the individual choices we make as consumers. It also informs our teaching and course design and content.

We focus on high-quality discovery, using industry connections to carry out research that leads to positive business and community outcomes. Our six research departments are renowned for first-rate teaching facilities and regular seminars, strong industry engagement and their innovative research in related fields.

Our research strengths

To maximise our positive impact, we focus our work into four key areas of strength. These encourage us to work across disciplines with a focus on practical outcomes.

Business and society

We explore the symbiotic relationship between business and society to uncover beneficial opportunities for both.

Business and technology

Business and technology examines how best to deploy technologies for competitive business advantage.

Capital markets

Capital markets examine ways of harnessing financial markets to generate wealth and societal benefit.

SMEs and entrepreneurship

SMEs and entrepreneurship support small/medium enterprises and entrepreneurs to navigate a world of accelerating change.

Our flagship research centres

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

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre

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

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

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education

Researches how best to support people from a refugee background to obtain meaningful education, training and employment.

Centre for Disaster Resilience and Economic Recovery

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

Top 3 business school in Victoria

As a Deakin Business School research degree student you’ll get a world-class education and the chance to collaborate, learn and share ideas through regular research seminars, conferences and workshops.

Research units

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Business Lab

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Future of Business Lab (AIFB-Lab) brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers and experts to examine how AI technologies are transforming work and organisations.

Arts and Creative Industries Research and Engagement

We conduct research that helps arts and cultural organisations to flourish. Our areas of research include organisational change, audience engagement, stakeholder engagement, workforce development, policy analysis, impact evaluation, and 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.

Deakin MarTech Clinic

The Deakin MarTech Clinic helps Australian SMEs to harness Marketing Technologies (MarTech) efficiently and effectively, through research, education and engagement.

Impact Finance Hub

The Impact Finance Hub explores 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.

Leadership Futures Hub

The Leadership Futures Hub aims to help leaders address contemporary and future challenges and create positive impact on societies through leadership research and industry engagement.

Property and Real Estate Industry Research Hub

Our core research areas are in improving business practices in the property and real estate industry and profession. We work on business practices in property valuation, property development and asset management.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Research Alliance

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Research Alliance develops 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.

Find a scholarship

Reach your full potential and achieve your career goals with the support of a research degree or PhD scholarship. Our top scholarships recognise and reward students from a range of backgrounds and interest areas.

PhD program and masters by research

With high-quality research training and supervision, strong financial support and career development programs, our PhD program offers a direct pathway to a research career. Our Master of Research (Business) provides a two-year research qualification, an ideal foundation for a consulting career or pathway to the PhD.

Be part of research that’s above world standard

Our research-intensive environment delivers and translates high-quality world-class research into outcomes that are relevant and meaningful to our communities.

Partner with us

Contact us

Get in touch with our team to find out more on our research programs.