Rachel Parker leads a team of researchers who work with Mining3 members to identify the mechanisms needed to support the realisation of the market value from new technologies using business and social science techniques.

Rachel’s team utilises evidence-based research to analyse business culture and industry-level dynamics to better understand the factors impeding and supporting technology innovation in a business or across the mining industry. The team co-develop, with industry, the management, business and workforce solutions which will support technology transformation in the mining sector.

Skills and experience:

Rachel is the Director of the Centre for Mining Equipment Technology and Services Business Innovation (CMBI) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She also leads the Transforming Innovation Systems research platform for QUT’s Institute for Future Environments.

Rachel has developed a multi-disciplinary program of research on industrial innovation which focuses on the business and social-system processes which affect technology uptake and diffusion, predominantly in engineering-based industries. Her research seeks to better understand the drivers and bottlenecks to the creation of industrial opportunities and market value around new technologies. She leads a team of researchers with expertise in managing human behaviour, business strategy and social systems to support technology-based industrial transformation. The CMBI team has experience working with firms across a range of industry sectors including mining, METS, construction, agri-business and manufacturing.

Rachel’s research has important public policy implications and she has worked closely with government and industry associations to influence policy discussions around the development of technology-intensive economic activities in Australia. In July 2015 Rachel appeared as an expert witness before the Senate Economic References Committee inquiry into Australia’s innovation system.

Rachel has led a major program of research on industrial innovation as Chief Investigator on over $8million of both competitive and commercial grants.

Rachel provided QUT leadership of the successful 2015 bid to host the METS Industry Growth Centre at QUT, partnering with Mining3 (formally CRCMining), CRCOre, CSIRO, Queensland Chief Scientist, Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Trade & Investment Queensland.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • PhD in Industrial Innovation
  • Graduate Certification in Education (Higher Education).

Served as Assistant Dean Research, QUT Business School; and Dean Research Development in the Division of Research and Commercialisation at QUT.

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