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.
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.
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,
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.
Professor John Burgess
Professor Burgess has received numerous Discovery, Linkage, and International ARC grants and is a grant reviewer for national and
international competitive grants. His current research includes graduate work readiness; skill development for female business owners in regional Indonesia; impact on skills and employment of 4th industrial revolution in Australian industry; policy responses to an ageing population and workforce in the Asia Pacific.
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Professor Ali Mirjalili
Professor Mirjalili is internationally recognised for his advances in swarm intelligence and optimisation research.
He has published 300+ research outputs with over 40,000 citations and h-index of 70. He has been in the global list of 1% highly cited researchers since 2019 and is an associate editor of several leading AI journals. Professor Mirjalili also leads our Optimisation and Evolutionary Computation cluster.
Dr Cindy Lee
Dr Lee is a senior learning facilitator and a passionate researcher at Torrens University whose research interests include the tourist
experience, tourist motivation, travel photo-taking, travel photo-sharing, hospitality online education and the hospitality workforce. She has experience with conducting research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods design.
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Dr Jantanee Dumrak
Dr Dumrak’s research interests include complexity and resilience in project management, systems thinking, project
management sustainability and project management competencies. Before joining academia, she managed United Nations funded development projects. Dr. Dumrak is a senior lecturer and research fellow at Torrens University Australia, and co-leads our Project Management cluster.
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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. email@example.com Pure profile
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
and editorial boards and has a research focus on business and artificial intelligence. He is a CEO with more than 25 years' standing in Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), including commercial and NFP board director roles, and co-leads our Banking, Financial Services and Insurance & Accounting cluster.
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Professor Scott Richardson
Professor Richardson is the Associate Dean, Business, at Torrens University.
Professor Richardson has extensive tourism and hospitality industry experience and is the author of more than 50 publications in leading tourism and hospitality journals and has presented at conferences globally. Professor Richardson is a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Panel of Tourism Experts and a Fellow of The International Centre for Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education. His research interests include Tourism and Hospitality Education, Human Resources in Tourism and Hospitality, Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Tourism Development, Hotel Management, Sport and Event Tourism and Special Interest Tourism (Adventure, Film, Wine Tourism etc.).
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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.
Simon is the Associate Dean of Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Culinary and Academic Director – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia. His areas of teaching and research include leadership, marketing, strategic management, social / environmental justice, sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, and destination management. Simon has been an active researcher and social advocate in Cambodia since 2002. Both his Masters and PhD thesis examined social and community development through tourism in Cambodia. He is a joint Director of The Cambodian Sustainable Tourism Development Collaborative Project and sits on the Board of The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE).
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Associate Professor Ali Safa Sadiq
A senior member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Associate Professor Sadiq is a faculty member and course
coordinator of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and a member of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
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