Craig Furneaux (QUT)
Policy Networks: Demonstrating their Presence, Structure and Network
This research will demonstrate the existence, structure and influence of networks of construction industry organisations on public policy. Research approaches will enable the triangulation of results and elicitation of the interaction and influence of inter-organisational networks of actors on policy processes. The intended benefits to industry include an improved understanding of inter-organisational relationships in the construction industry, and how these relationships in turn are able to influence government policy.
Adrian Cupitt (QUT)
Microclimate Impacts on the Built Environment
This research will develop a tool for predicting daylight levels and the average reflection coefficient in a precinct if a building is to be constructed or changed. The tool will also determine the relationship between building position, dimensions and luminance. The intended benefits for industry include assisting architects, city planners and developers to design buildings to incorporate comfortable light levels and reduced glare and pollution due to less use of lights, heaters and air conditioners.
Marcello Tonelli (QUT)
Exploring Corporate Real Estate Decision-Making
This research seeks to identify the effects of real estate decisions on business performance by linking the characteristics of the property to some of the key variables of the business. The intended benefits to industry is to guide future development of optimal corporate real estate strategies, improve understanding of interrelationships between real estate and business performance and contribute to knowledge of performance drivers within the service industry.
Colleen Yuile (QUT)
Attention to Corporate Social Responsibility by Australian Corporations
This research aims to identify the level of attention Australian organisations give to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and establish whether there is a relationship between the levels of attention given to CSR and the effects on firm financial performance. The intended benefits to industry include improved information for those implementing CSR strategies and identifying CSR dimensions in relation to financial performance.
Colin Greville (UWS)
The Psychology of Sustainable Development
This research has the potential short term to alter the system of marketing for those involved in environmental construction and thus increase market share, and; broaden the environmental market allowing new players to enter the arena. Medium to long term, with additional research in the field; understanding why people think the way they do in this area allows the industry to market appropriately and taking a leading position in altering the currently detrimental environmental pathway. In turn this potentially improves the overall reputation of the industry and gives the industry greater clout in its dealings with governments and in looking to foreign contracts.