Research | Torrens University

Our business and hospitality researchers are committed to delivering high-impact, industry-relevant thought leadership to business, industry, community stakeholders and to the international academic network of which we are a part.

About the faculty

Aligned to the University research focus on the University themes of societies in drastic change, and people and industry for impact. The Business and Hospitality faculty research community engage in a diverse research agenda including management, human resources and organisational change, innovation and entrepreneurship, service delivery and the customer experience in hospitality and tourism contexts and information systems and technology. Many Business and Hospitality Faculty researchers work in collaboration with the University Research Centres; the Centre for Organisational Change and Agility (COCA), the Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation (AIRO) centre, the Centre for Health Futures (CHEF), Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (CHSD) and the Centre for Public Health, Equity and Human Flourishing (PHEHF) and are centre members.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Hospitality,
Professor Gregory Harper

Professor Harper is a highly experienced academic leader with a research interest in personal development for professional success. Professor Harper has held several senior executive positions in the public and private sectors including Chief Executive of a large Queensland TAFE Institute and Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Education and Training.

Contact Professor Gregory Harper for project partnerships or to learn more about our Business and Hospitality faculty.


Professor Greg Harper Pro Vice-Chancellor Business
Business is the engine of the modern economy. The Business and Hospitality faculty values research that enhances the effectiveness of businesses in meeting the needs of people and society more generally.
Professor Gregory Harper
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business and Hospitality

Explore our areas of research

Research in Business and Hospitality is focused into five research clusters:

  • customer and service experience delivery,
  • banking, financial services, insurance and accounting,
  • project management,
  • business information systems and
  • human resources management.

Our research is highly applied and impact-focused for business and community stakeholders, with a distinct focus on innovation and solutions-based outcomes. Our expertise in contemporary management practices, such as digital transformation (including Artificial intelligence, machine learning and data), innovation and social enterprise, sustainable business, global project management and the customer experience, enable us to co-create industry projects that matter for real-world economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Our principles and values

The business and hospitality research community aims to be recognised both nationally and internationally as a group of world-class thought leaders who make high impact contributions to economies, communities and governance structures through a key focus on ethical business, marketplace and organisational innovation and development.

Our research reflects Torrens University Australia's values to be good and to be bold through the development of a responsible, socially aware agenda that provides real-world insights for industry, solves real-world business problems and realises our commitment to positive impact for economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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Meet our research leaders

John Burgess
Professor John Burgess

Professor Burgess has received numerous Discovery, Linkage, and International ARC grants and is a grant reviewer for national and


Guest speaker
Professor Ali Mirjalili

Professor Mirjalili is internationally recognised for his advances in swarm intelligence and optimisation research.


Professor Khimji Vaghjiani
Professor Khimji Vaghjiani

Academic entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in a variety of industries, corporates, government, NFP, academia - including


Cindy Lee | Torrens University
Dr Cindy Lee

Dr Lee is a senior learning facilitator and a passionate researcher at Torrens University whose research interests include the tourist


Jantanee Dumrak
Dr Jantanee Dumrak

Dr Dumrak’s research interests include complexity and resilience in project management, systems thinking, project


Claire Davison | Program Director | Business Info Systems | Photo
Associate Professor Claire Davison
Associate Dean, School of Business Analysis and Technical Management 
Claire is the Program Director for the Business information Systems suite of courses at Torrens including the largest TUA program, the Master
of Business Information Systems. She has been teaching and researching in IT and business for over 20 years across a number of Universities and countries including USA, Singapore, China and Vietnam. Her PhD research was in the area of Social Technologies and Digital Identity with wider interests in the use of Social Media as an inter-cultural tool, Diversity in STEM, social value creation, blockchain, and the digital skills revolution (with particular emphasis on the SFIA framework). In 2015, Claire was awarded the KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award.  Claire has strong industry links and works as a Digital strategy consultant and sits on a number of boards.
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Dr. Heinz Herrmann
Dr Heinz Herrmann

Dr Herrmann is an adjunct professor in the Australian Graduate School of Leadership at Torrens University. He is a member of scientific


Ali Safaa Sadiq
Associate Professor Ali Safa Sadiq

A senior member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Associate Professor Sadiq is a faculty member and course


COCA | Torrens University
Associate Professor Simon Pawson

With industry, teaching and research experience since 1988, Associate Professor Pawson is an academic leader, strategist, motivator and social justice advocate.


Harvinder Singh | Torrens University
Associate Professor Harvinder Singh

An academic with strong teaching and research expertise in application of informatics tools in Health and Agriculture for nearly two decades.


Professor Catheryn Khoo

Professor Khoo’s research focuses on advancing diversity and equality in tourism. She is Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Management


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