Institutes, Centres and Clusters
Research in the Faculty of Business and Law is broken into a number of institutes, centres and individual research clusters, these include:
Institutes and Centres
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Curtin University is a research partner of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), a national independent research network with an expert not-for-profit research management company, AHURI Limited, at its centre.
AHURI has a public good mission to deliver high quality research that influences policy development to improve the housing and urban environments of all Australians. Through active engagement, their work informs the policies and practices of governments and the housing and urban development industries, and stimulates debate in the broader Australian community.
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is an independent economic and social research organisation located within the Curtin Business School at Curtin University.
The Centre was established in 2012 through the generous support of Bankwest, a division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The Centre’s core mission is to deliver high quality, accessible research that enhances our understanding of key economic and social issues that contribute to the wellbeing of West Australian families, businesses and communities.
Centre for Research in Applied Economics
The Centre for Research in Applied Economics (CRAE) was established in July 2006 to provide a framework for collaborative applied economic research across Curtin. Located in the School of Economics and Finance, CRAE supports research into economic and social phenomena that impact on lives in Western Australia, the nation and throughout the world.
CRAE’s researchers use a variety of theoretical frameworks and methodologies to inform and evaluate their contributions to the development of both business strategies and public policies on economic and social issues.
The key functions of CRAE are to promote the research interests of members and provide support services to enhance and enable research. This is achieved through developing and enhancing new and existing collaborative research networks; providing facilities for the sharing of research materials and data; maintaining relationships with the relevant professional societies of researchers; and lobbying internal and external partners to support applied economic research activities.
Centre for Transformative Work Design
The Centre for Transformative Work Design (CTWD) is a research centre where passionate organisational psychology researchers and professionals work together to transform work under the direction of Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Professor Sharon K. Parker.
The centre conducts high quality, independent and innovative research to understand the role of work design in generating healthy and productive work, and is committed to fostering the design of good work across all industries.
A crucial element of the centre is their outreach Collaboratory, where they engage with workers, employers, managers, policy-makers and the community.
Future of Work Institute
The Future of Work Institute (FoWI) promotes productive and meaningful work as essential foundations of a healthy economy and society. FoWI’s researchers focus on how people contribute to and benefit from new knowledge and practices, and their mission is to support thriving people and organisations in the digital age.
John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) was established by Curtin University of Technology in 2004 as an eminent body of public sector expertise through research, teaching and the generation of public discussion.
The JCIPP is a peak body for research, education and discussion in public policy and administration. It represents a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing challenges in this area reflecting their complexity as well as the unique capacity of universities to play a key role in addressing them.
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (previously Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education), the NCSEHE’s purpose is to inform public policy design and implementation, and institutional practice, in order to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.
Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre
Established in 2017, the Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (CUOGIC) brings Curtin University’s multidisciplinary research and development expertise to the oil and gas industry’s technology challenges.
Labs and Clusters
Blockchain Research and Development Laboratory
The Blockchain Research and Development Laboratory (BRDL) has been established by Curtin University in partnership with Natsoft Corporation.
The BRDL focuses on solving real-world industry problems using blockchain along, with other disruptive technologies. The BRDL aims to be a hub for the research, education, development and implementation of blockchain solutions and collaborates with other laboratories at Curtin and industry solution providers to develop breakthrough innovations.
Luxury Branding Research Centre
The Luxury Branding Research Centre (LBRC) increases Curtin’s Luxury Branding research capabilities by providing greater collaboration with other research centres and industry partners while continually building on the strengths of Curtin’s well established multidisciplinary approach to Luxury Branding Research.
Tourism Research Cluster
The Tourism Research Cluster (TRC) increases Curtin’s tourism research capability by providing a framework for the skills, expertise and resources of researchers to be shared, increasing opportunities for collaboration and building on the strengths of Curtin’s well-established multidisciplinary approach to tourism research.
Navigating Inter-Cultural Experiences (NICE)
Navigating Inter-Cultural Experiences (NICE) is a platform that engages with academic researchers, industry practitioners and trade associations, not-for-profit and community organisations, government agencies and public policy makers.
Women in Social Economic Research Cluster
Women in Social Economic Research (WiSER) is committed to producing high quality quantitative and qualitative feminist research on a broad range of issues that women identify as important to their capacity for achieving equity and autonomy.
Unheard Consumers Research Cluster
The Unheard Consumers Research Cluster comprises the Ageing Lifestyle Research and Lived Experience teams. The group is driven by the vision of well-spent Government funding and improved living standards for both the elderly and the disadvantaged.
Through the collection of thorough qualitative research, the team collects untainted and unbiased data that is used to improve and increase experience scores across the board.