The School of Economics, Finance and Marketing places a high value on research.
Our interests include financial markets, corporate finance and governance, empirical finance, international finance, risk management, public choice, and applied econometrics.
In the marketing discipline our research is focused in a number of areas in particular consumer culture, marketing ethics, social marketing, branding, sport marketing and sponsorship, and social marketing.
We produce research outputs in both professional literature and the popular press reflecting our strong real world focus in applied research. Research interests are focused on both the domestic and international markets and we have a large body of research students from both Australia and overseas.
Our researchers are involved in a number of projects currently funded by the Australian Research Council. In particular, on Discovery projects in microeconometric techniques in Finance, on economic reform and Australian electoral decision making, on causes and consequences of short selling for equity returns, on the impact of the introduction of electronic trading systems, and on the modelling of operational risk.
Along with industry partner Midwine Consulting, an ARC Linkage project is investigating liquidity measurement and risk management in the Australian insurance industry. In the Marketing Group two ARC projects are underway involving consumption and obesity, and the development of a brand authenticity scale.
The Economists at RMIT predominantly reside in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing.
The historical focus in the discipline group is on producing work-ready graduates though finance research outputs have grown over the 1990s and this research output has continued to the present.
Highlights include research in consumer culture, branding, product design, innovation, sports marketing and sponsorship, tourism, organisational design, ethics, obesity, and word of mouth marketing.
The school is involved in a number research projects with a range of commercial partners.
Behavioural Business Lab
The Behavioural Business Lab is an interdisciplinary forum for researchers who study economic, psychological and business issues through empirical approaches to individual decision making.
International Development and Trade Research Group
The Group seeks to undertake collaborative research with industry and contribute to policy debates surrounding international development and trade and therefore play a key role in driving global business innovation.
Consumer Culture Insights Group
The group comprises researchers who focus on issues at the nexus of markets and society through an enhanced understanding of consumer culture, and how it informs consumer practices and consumer based insights.