The Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) focuses the renowned collaborative research capabilities of The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law to address pressing social and structural issues.

With access to over 200 experts, AIBE is uniquely positioned to build specialised research partnerships aligned with the needs of complex projects, reviews, and policy development.

AIBE leverages expertise from within one of the world’s top 50 universities:

  • #42 US News Best Global Universities Rankings 2018-2019
  • #43 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2018
  • #46 Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings 2019
  • #48 QS World University Rankings 2019

The UQ School of Economics is ranked #45 in the world and the #1 economics research institution outside Europe and North America by RePEc (February 2019).


The Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) was established in 2014 by The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law and operates as a faculty-level research institute providing high-value research to government, business and industry groups.

The main enabler for the creation of AIBE was the generous donation of UQ alumnus Matt McLennan  (BCom (Hons) ’91), a successful fund manager and the head of the Global Value Team at First Eagle Fund Management.


Our mission is to connect businesses and governments to world-leading researchers by engaging with partners focused on cutting-edge technology, engineering, economics and policy problems.

In order to promote high-quality business research for the benefit of the Australian economy and society, we:

  • undertake, facilitate and promote independent applied research on major business and economic issues
  • initiate informed debate on relevant public policy issues
  • contribute highly recognised applied consultancy and research services to government and the private sector
  • increase research communication from the Business, Economics and Law Faculty in quality business, economics and multi-disciplinary journals.

By working with AIBE, you gain access to a university in the world's top 50*



AIBE created with initial Director Professor John Mangan to bridge the gap between research and industry; addressing real-world needs with world-leading academic expertise. 

Research at the Institute designed to focus on industry, financial, and social economics.


Professor Paul Gollan commenced as AIBE Director. Previously Paul worked as a Professor of Management and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, as well as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics.

New research partnerships

  • Australian Business Lawyers – Publication: Organisational culture of Australian microbusiness and the impact of the award system
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Publication: Agile Organisations and Flexible Work: Adapting Australian Work to the Modern Economy
  • Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) – a long term partnership focusing on environmental engineering and freight optimisation
  • Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) - contracted projects included social impact bonds, green bonds, NDRAA insurance, disruptive technologies and an investigation into strengthening the efficiency and productivity of the Queensland health system.
  • ANZ Banking Group – National economic forecasting for Australia in the year 2030.
  • International Labour Organization (ILO) - Legal analysis of international laws, Fijian laws and laws in Pacific Island countries which promote workplace equality for women and people with disabilities.


Professor John Mangan appointed as Acting Director in Nov 2016

AIBE sponsored the Human Resources International Conference in Sydney February 2016.

AIBE was national sponsor of a series of eight Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Economic Outlook events held in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville, Sydney and Darwin.

New research partnerships

  • QLD Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) - Value capture case study
  • Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) –Corporate enterprise strategy for global operating models


Professor John Mangan appointed as Director in March 2017. Research Program Leaders appointed in Applied Economics (Professor John Mangan), Strategy and Innovation (Associate Professor Paul Spee) and Business Analytics (Professor Marta Indulska).

Collaborated with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) on the development of the QLD Rural Economies Centre of Excellence with partners Central Queensland University and James Cook University and funded by the QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

New research partnerships

  • Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) – Use of the public hospital system by private patients.
  • Commonwealth Anti-Dumping Commission - Supply chain and market concentration of the Australian steel fabrication industry.


Associate Professor Damian Hine appointed as Acting Director. Research Program Leader appointed in Governance, Regulation and the Law (Dr Thea Voogt)

We delivered six research monographs:

  • Wage Stagnation – Implications for Investment and Growth in Australia
  • The Robotics and Automation Advantage for Queensland
  • Back from the Dead: Australian Inheritance Tax
  • Blockchain Technology and the Future of Personal Data Management
  • The Future of Corporate Reporting
  • Australia’s evolving energy future: preparing business through systems modelling, organisational capabilities and stable energy policy

New research partnerships

  • CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Evaluation of expansion horticultural industries in Northern Australia.
  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) - Cost benefit analysis of Kakadu plum and Soil Nutrition
  • Mining3, METS Ignited and the Centre for METS Business Innovation (CMBI) – Innovating business models in the Mining Equipment Technology and Services (METS) sector.
  • Credit Suisse – Wage stagnation in the Australian economy
  • Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) – Ultrasound commercialisation feasibility assessment and strategy
  • iMOVE CRC – Freight data requirements study


New research partnerships

  • MTP Connect - Adaptive Regulation for Digital Health
  • CSIRO – Data61’s Cyber-Physical Systems Program