Monash Business School researchers dominate ARC grants

The way children use their time, the link between relationships and happiness, and the economic impact of loneliness are among Monash Business School research topics awarded grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC).Abstract colourful wall

Monash Business School has dominated in the area of economics and commerce, management, and tourism and services. Of the $8.8 million allocated to these areas, Monash Business School will receive 16% of the funds – placing it first in the Group of Eight universities.

In total, Monash Business School projects have been awarded around $1.4 million in grants from the ARC for projects starting next year.

Researchers from Monash Business School’s Centre for Health Economics (CHE) have accounted for three of the four funded grants.

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Nicole Black was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for her work into children's time investments, cognitive development and health. Dr Black plans to research how children and adolescents spend their time and how this affects their health and development. The project is set to help inform government policies to improve education and prevent harmful behaviours in children.

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Gang Chen has also been awarded a DECRA to examine what Australians really care about. Dr Chen will examine how people’s health and relationships throughout their life impact on their sense of wellbeing.

Professor Michael Shields will lead a Discovery Project conducting econometric studies on the dynamics of loneliness and social isolation. The aim of the project is to give policy-makers a better understanding of what triggers feelings of loneliness and social isolation, and to quantify the costs of this.

Four other Monash Business School researchers have also been named as Chief Investigators on other successful ARC Discovery Projects.

Head of the Department of Marketing Professor Harmen Oppewal and Associate Professor Emily Lancsar from the Centre for Health Economics will be working on a joint project to help better estimate how people make choices in the context of marketing, transport, health, and environmental economics.

Dan Zhu from the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics will work on a joint study with the University of Melbourne on prior sensitivity analysis for Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo output. This study will allow researchers to assess the sensitivity of the results to the data inputs.

Associate Professor Lionel Frost from the Department of Economics will contribute to a joint project on water and the making of urban Australia since 1900.

Dr Luke Greenacre from the Department of Marketing will be an Associate Investigator on a project with the Menzies School of Health Research. The project will investigate the use of interventions in the retail food environment to improve diet in remote indigenous communities.