Queensland COVID-19 research

This page of Queensland’s research related to the COVID-19 pandemic is compiled from information provided by Queensland universities and research institutes.

While many of our researchers are working on potential vaccines, treatments and other medical interventions, other researchers are applying their expertise to other impacts of the pandemic upon our economy and other aspects of society. The data includes immediate research activity, recent relevant work, proposed research (subject to available funds) and other responses using the resources and expertise of our research organisations.

Listing all of 12 matching responses out of 142 total responses.

  • Queensland law firm capability to meet disruption including COVID 19 May 2021

    This University of Southern Queensland funded research project led by Associate Professor Caroline Hart, and funded by the Qld Law Society is focused on identifying factors associated with sole, micro, small and medium law firms capability to meet disruptions include COVID-19 and technology. Findings will be used to develop evidence-based decision-making on allocating resources to support law firms to meet disruption. Outcomes will also contribute to improving access to law and justice within regional and rural Queensland, where many of these firms are located.

    #Business and economics

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    School of Law and Justice
    University of Southern Queensland

    Contact details
    A/Prof Caroline Hart
    Associate Head of School
    Caroline.Hart@usq.edu.au
    +61 7 4631 1437
    Collaborations
    • Co-researcher: Dr. Aaron Timoshanko
    • Collaborators:
    • Associate Prof Francesca Bartlett - UQ School of Law
    • Andrea Perry-Petersen
    • Angus Murray - The Legal Forecast
  • The impact of COVID-19 on cultural tourism: art, culture and communication in four regional sites of Queensland, Australia April 2021

    The arts, cultural and creative industries are among the most adversely affected sectors of the economy in the wake of COVID-19 social distancing measures, travel restrictions and prohibition of large gatherings of people. Focusing on Cairns, the Gold Coast, Central West and the Sunshine Coast – four regional areas of Queensland, Australia – this article by Prof. Terry Flew and researcher Katherine Kirkwood from the QUT Digital Media Research Centre provides an overview of impacts on cultural tourism and considers the prospects for regional cultural tourism as part of a ‘creative economy’ revival.

    #Business and economics

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    Digital Media Research Centre
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Doctor Katherine Kirkwood
    Research Assistant
    ke.kirkwood@qut.edu.au
    +61 (0)406 075 478
    Collaborations
    • Co-researcher:
    • Professor Terry Flew, Professor of Digital Communication and Culture, University of Sydney
  • Survival of the smallest? Retail’s post COVID-19 future June 2020

    Retailers are facing a COVID-19 customer base that is more frugal, cautious and cocooning with a greater propensity to shop online, says QUT Business School consumer behaviour expert Prof. Gary Mortimer. “Australians are now spending almost 10 cents in every shopping dollar online. Once shoppers have set up accounts, logins, credit card details and have gained trust, online shopping will become a habitual activity. It is estimated 80 per cent of us will be shopping online by next year and with ecommerce jumping by 21.8 per cent compared to the same time last year as COVID-19 restrictions took.” Prof. Mortimer said the shift to online presented large retailers and shopping centres with several challenges such as an inability to respond quickly to consumer shifts toward digital channels. In contrast, small and micro retailers are most likely to survive and thrive during and after the COVID-19 shutdowns because many are able to pivot and adapt their business operations more rapidly than larger competitors. Shoppers maybe more inclined to patronise smaller, independent retailers, in order to avoid busy centres and crowds.” With small retail businesses estimated to contribute $21.9bn to local economies, Prof. Mortimer is now researching how small retail businesses located in regional and rural areas of Queensland are adapting and responding to COVID-19. Small retail businesses are critical to the survival of regional Queensland communities. “There is an urgent need to understand how regional small businesses are responding to these emergent challenges and put in place interventions that can guide such businesses in their response to external disruptive forces, such as COVID-19” said Prof. Mortimer.

    #Business and economics

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    QUT Business School
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Professor Gary Mortimer
    Professor QUT Business School
    gary.mortimer@qut.edu.au
    +61 7 3138 5084
  • Does high public trust amplify compliance with stringent COVID-19 government health guidelines? A multi-country analysis using data from 102,627 individuals January 2021

    The purpose of this research was to examine how public trust mediates the people’s adherence to levels of stringent government health policies and to establish if these effects vary across the political regimes. The study used data from two large-scale surveys: the global behaviors and perceptions at the onset of COVID-19 pandemic and the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT). Linear regression models were used to estimate the effects of public trust and strictness of restriction measures on people’s compliance level. The model accounted for individual and daily variations in country-level stringency of preventative measures. Differences in the dynamics between public trust, the stringent level of government health guidelines and policy compliance were also examined among countries based on political regimes. The study found strong evidence of the increase in compliance due to the imposition of stricter government restrictions. The examination of heterogeneous effects suggests that high public trust in government and the perception of its truthfulness double the impact of policy restrictions on public compliance. Among political regimes, higher levels of public trust significantly increase the predicted compliance as stringency level rises in authoritarian and democratic countries. This study highlights the importance of public trust in government and its institutions during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are relevant and help understand why governments need to address the risks of non-compliance among low trusting individuals to achieve the success of the containment policies.

    #Business and economics

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    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Anton Pak
    Research Fellow
    anton.pak@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 5834
    Collaborations
    • Collaborators:
    • Prof Emma S McBryde Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University
    • Dr. Oyelola A Adegboye College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University
  • Economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak: the need for epidemic preparedness May 2020

    COVID-19 is not only a global pandemic and public health crisis; it has also severely affected the global economy and financial markets. Significant reductions in income, a rise in unemployment, and disruptions in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries are among the consequences of the disease mitigation measures that have been implemented in many countries. It has become clear that most governments in the world underestimated the risks of rapid COVID-19 spread and were mostly reactive in their crisis response. As disease outbreaks are not likely to disappear in the near future, proactive international actions are required to not only save lives but also protect economic prosperity. Read the full article Public Health Policy - Frontiers in Public Health. As the disease outbreaks are not likely to disappear in the near future, proactive international actions are required to not only save lives but also protect economic prosperity. Researchers at AITHM, JCU are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

    #Business and economics

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    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Anton Pak
    Research Fellow
    anton.pak@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 478 15834
    Collaborations
  • Creating out loud: Developing sustainable peer-mentoring to rebuild the arts post COVID-19. September 2021

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Queensland’s arts sector employed 80,000+ people, around 75% of whom have lost employment due to restrictions on public gatherings. By developing and embedding a sustainable peer-mentoring program that fosters capacity, collaboration, resilience, and well-being, this Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Kate Power from UQ School of Business will help rebuild artistic and business practices, thus protecting Queensland’s significant cultural assets and enriching the lives of Queenslanders.

    #Business and economics

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    Business School
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Doctor Kate Power
    Lecturer in Management
    k.power@business.uq.edu.au
    +61 7 334 69989
    Collaborations
  • Covid-19 influences on tourists perceptions of health risks and travel destination choices July 2020

    This USQ research study aims to rigorously test a comprehensive model to assess health risk-related behaviours and travel destination choices of tourists during and following COVID-19. The study is based on a modified and expanded version of the Health Belief Model (HBM). It is hoped the modified model will be applicable to tourism and hospitality research in other health-related crises. The project involves an online questionnaire distributed to an international sample of potential tourists that will examine the relationship between psycho-social and psychometric constructs with an emphasis on their influence on consumer behavior and destination attractiveness - all critical to destination management during the recovery phases of health crises.

    #Business and economics

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    Institute for Resilient Regions
    University of Southern Queensland

    Contact details
    Ass Prof Lynda Crowley-Cyr
    Ass Prof, School of Law and Justice
    Lynda.Crowley-Cyr@usq.edu.au
    +61 7 4687 5647
    Collaborations
    • Dr. Villy Abraham (Department of Technological Marketing, Sapir Academic College, Israel)
    • Mercedes Carreño (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and CENP Tourism School, Spain)
    • Dr. Kerstin Bremser (Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
    • Cote Moreno Martin (PhD student, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Escuela Universitaria Felipe Moreno, Spain)
  • COVID-19 - Reset and re-imagine your business July 2020

    This research project by USQ will evaluate the impact on women and their enterprises from their particition in the WiRE Reset and re-imagine your business COVID-19 economic recovery program. The WiRE (Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Enterprise) project enables project participants to re-design their business journey while starting and growing their business/venture. Funded by the Queensland Government, the program supports women business owners to take steps towards their business goals - reviewing, re-imagining, re-planning or rebuilding their business as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis. This program is an evidence-based program that enables rural, regional and remote women to achieve and lead in their chosen business ventures.

    #Business and economics

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    Institute for Resilient Regions
    University of Southern Queensland

    Contact details
    Professor Retha Wiesner
    Retha.Wiesner@usq.edu.au
    +61 7 3470 4519
    Collaborations
    Funding: Queensland Government, Advancing Women in Business, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.
  • Queensland Tourism Workforce Strategy V2: A crisis resilience and recovery plan. August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified workforce vulnerabilities in Tourism. This Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by A/Prof. Richard Robinson from UQ School of Business will seek to find strategies for recovery and resilience through extensive consultation with industry stakeholders: employees, businesses and government and peak body associations. Project outcomes will include employee and business targeted toolkits to manage crisis’ impacts, and delivery of a Queensland Tourism Workforce Crisis Resilience and Recovery Plan.

    #Business and economics

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    Business School
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    A/Prof Richard Robinson
    richard.robinson@business.uq.edu.au
    +61 7 334 67091
    Collaborations
    Queensland Tourism Industry Council
  • Economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries. July 2020

    Dr. Shahab Pourfakhimi at USC is extending his research on the tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries to examine economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in these industries. He is particularly interested in investigating the effectiveness of post-crisis tourism recovery strategies, specifically from a regional tourism operators’ perspective. Shahab’s research interests generally involve studying consumer behaviour in tourism, hospitality and events, particularly the socio-psychological dimensions of tourists’ perceptions, choices and experiences.

    #Business and economics

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    USC Business School
    University of Sunshine Coast

    Contact details
    Doctor Shahab Pourfakhimi
    Lecturer, Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
    spourfak@usc.edu.au
    +61 7 5456 5690
    Collaborations
  • The psychological impact of COVID-19 travel restriction on public sense of wellbeing August 2020

    This project led by Dr. Shahab Pourfakhimi at USC aims to investigate the impact (including psychological impacts) of COVID-19 travel restrictions on public sense of wellbeing and quality of life.

    #Business and economics

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    USC Business School
    University of Sunshine Coast

    Contact details
    Doctor Shahab Pourfakhimi
    Lecturer, Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
    spourfak@usc.edu.au
    +61 7 5456 5690
    Collaborations
  • Development and evaluation of crisis management toolkits for Queensland industry. August 2020

    COVID-19 creates unprecedented challenges for workers, whether they remain at the frontline, or working from home. This Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Tristan Casey from Griffith Univertity's School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Languages will investigate emerging safety risks and proactive safety strategies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Three crisis-management toolkits will be developed and evaluated for the hospitality, transportation, and manufacturing industries, which can be used now and into the future with other crises.

    #Business and economics

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    School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Languages
    Griffith University

    Contact details
    Doctor Tristan Casey
    Lecturer
    tristan.casey@griffith.edu.au
    +61 7 3735 5147
    Collaborations
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • Cater Care
    • Aurizon
    • Cavalier Bremworth

Other Queensland COVID-19 initiatives

Queensland Government
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Life Sciences Queensland
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Key Australian COVID-19 initiatives

Australian Academy of Science
Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF)
COVID-19 Expert Database

Key international COVID-19 initiatives

CORD-19 (COVID-19 Open Research Dataset)
Free database of 130,000 plus COVID-19 open research papers