The services sector, which is the core focus of this research centre, accounts for over 80% of Australian jobs and over 70% of Gross Domestic Product (ABS).
The specific sectors that are key to our research account for 22% of Australian employment. They include Retail (10.5%), Financial services (4.7%), Accommodation and Food (6.7%) and Art and Recreation (1.8%).
The Centre has three key objectives as outlined in the research operational plan:
- Focus the School’s research and depth, and improve standing of research centres.
- Continue to expand our research outcomes by significantly increasing research income and quality publications.
- Attract and retain quality higher degrees by research students.
The Centre strives to foster a research culture by providing a publication review panel, appointing appropriate adjunct/external members, involving key industry leaders in research projects, workshops and hosting industry forums on selected topics, and developing existing industry and professional links.
Areas of research
The Markets and Services Research Centre is focused on research in the following three areas of high economic impact.