Members and Students
Professor John Cole was appointed as the inaugural Centre Director in August 2009. With a diverse 25-year background in industry and government, Professor Cole is well-known internationally for his leadership in addressing the issues of sustainable development, particularly through business innovation and public-private sector collaboration. He leads a team of university staff, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students in researching and developing innovative business models and technologies to help make sustainable business a reality.
Professor Julie Cotter has been the ACSBD’s Deputy Director since its inception in 2009, and was seconded to the position of A/Director from June 2012 to November 2012. In both of these roles, she leads a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and PhD students in the creation of evidence based solutions to sustainable business and development problems. Julie and her colleagues engage with government, industry and community stakeholders to provide practical research and development outcomes for organisations and communities.
Professor Cotter is highly regarded for her research in corporate reporting. She conducts leading edge international research into carbon disclosure. In addition, Julie leads research being undertaken by a team of researchers and industry professionals with expertise in carbon management using marginal abatement cost curves. Members of her team have extensive experience with local governments and the agricultural sector, including emissions abatement under the Carbon Farming Initiative. Professor Cotter is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of CPA Australia.
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Postgraduate research and training is a high priority within ACSBD. We welcome enquiries from both Australian and international graduates who wish to study with us.
Entry into postgraduate research programs is dependent on satisfying the entry criteria and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The USQ Office of Research and Higher Degrees manages the enrolment, progress and examination of all research higher degree students.
Potential students should review our research groups and contact appropriate supervisors.
We currently have many postgraduate students with research in a diversity of areas aligned with the Centre:
ACSBD Adjunct Members
ACSBD Industry Fellows