ACU places research at the centre of our activities to produce impact for the benefit of students, practitioners and wider society.
The Faculty of Law and Business has a thriving and highly regarded research community. Research within the Faculty focuses on substantive themes closely aligned with the mission of Australian Catholic University (ACU). Our commitment to social justice, public service, human dignity, and ethical practice is reflected in our research into some of the most challenging and important societal issues confronting today’s scholars, practitioners and policy-makers.
Consistent with ACU’s research intensification strategy, the Faculty’s world-class research emphasises the importance of cultural, social and ethical enquiry, translating leading legal and business school insights to create positive impact for students, practitioners, governments and society. Our international research scholars, working at the forefront of their subject areas, contribute a substantial new body of knowledge which is reflected in the Faculty’s rapidly accelerating stream of top-tier international publications. Placing ground-breaking research at the centre of the Faculty’s activities underpins the quality and relevance of our teaching and curriculum at all levels. Our commitment to research excellence stimulates highly original and critical enquiry to support an exceptional educational experience. Through enabling students to engage in deep understanding of subject matter, our students learn how to think and to apply their learning into new contexts.
Research in the Peter Faber Business School focuses on the social and interpersonal aspects of contemporary organisations. Our research provides powerful arguments towards a paradigm shift in rethinking the purpose of business and management for the common good. We shift attention from financial-technical aspects of "business as usual" to critically apply business school concepts emphasising the ethical, social and psychological aspects of organisations in public service, not-for-profit, and business sectors, for the good of wider society.
Notably, the Peter Faber Business School is home to the internationally renowned Centre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing and its leading edge research in the field of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. Our publications feature in top-tier journals including Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Accounting Organizations and Society, Human Relations, Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science and Organization Studies.
In the Thomas More Law School, our research ranges from mediation and alternative dispute resolution to intellectual property and commercial law, human rights law, international economic law and social justice. Our researchers publish with leading international publishers and journal outlets, and consult internationally and nationally. Several staff are also associated with the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society.
Examples of our publication include articles in the European Intellectual Property Review, European Journal of International Law, Melbourne Journal of International Law, and Michigan Journal of International Law, alongside monographs and edited volumes, including Rethinking International Law and Justice (Ashgate), United Nations Reform: Heading North or South? (Routledge), Mediation: Skills and Techniques (LexisNexis Butterworths) and The Law of Globalization: An Introduction (Kluwer).