Our research group

The Sustainability Research Group (SRG) was founded in 2008 with the purpose of facilitating and supporting initiatives for scholars undertaking research and teaching in the area of sustainability.

The group is inter-disciplinary with membership drawn from the departments of Marketing, Management and International Business, Information Systems and Operations Management, Property, Economics and Accounting and Finance, along with the Graduate School of Management.

The research group is open to all scholars, postgraduate students and professionals interested in sustainability.


The term "sustainability" provokes a myriad of responses from individuals, community groups, politicians, supranational organisations, and businesses around the globe. This is not surprising given current crises facing the global community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • A growing human population estimated to climb to nine billion by the year 2050.
  • Climate chaos and associated issues such as coastal erosion, climate refugees and eco-migration.
  • Global water shortages.
  • Desalination.
  • The ethics of food production.
  • Human and environmental costs of war and terrorism.
  • Consumerism.
  • Waste management.
  • The search for sustainable and renewable energy.

The current global financial crisis has brought many of these issues into sharp focus. This has led to a frantic search for appropriate policy frameworks and implementation strategies that will enable regulatory mechanisms to accelerate initiatives in sustainable development at all societal levels. The call for transformative inter-disciplinary theory building and research is increasing in academic communities around the world.

In this climate, business enterprises have reacted to increasing pressure to extend their responsibilities in society. This has led some organisations to make a shift to strategic planning models that incorporate the environmental, social, cultural and financial consequences of strategic decision-making. In some firms, future-focused scenario planning initiatives that place issues of sustainability front and centre are now embedded in corporate and business leadership development, decision-making models and education.