This cluster is very eclectic in nature, focusing upon the study of economic and financial phenomena and how these, alongside the role of policy and public or corporate management, impact on economies, industries, individuals, households, communities and societies at large. This includes the examination of wide-ranging issues, such as economic growth and social development, firm and industry performance, productivity, efficiency, financial inclusion, equality, and fairness.
At the macro, economy-wide level, typical themes include FDI, financial liberalisation/openness/deregulation, financial development and financial crises. At the micro-level, key areas include personal finance, the impact on families and society of financial decisions, long-term financial planning, financial security and financial rights, the operation of and access to financial services, and community finance.
Several levels of analysis characterise this work (from international trends to individual behaviours) and a major but not exclusive lens through which many of the above phenomena are examined is industry specific, including the banking, financial, tourism and sport sectors.
Core Cluster Themes
Four themes represent this cluster’s research interests:
- Sector studies and economic and societal impacts
- Macro and international finance
- Personal and community finance
- Foreign direct investment (FDI)
Read more in our Research Cluster Brochure.