CITBA Our People

Our People

The CITBA team embraces an environment of collegiality. The CITBA brings together scholars from a range of fields including international business, trade, finance, economics, urban design, knowledge management and IT. CITBA is a think tank, research hub, and network orientated collaborator.

Our centre aims to not only enhance the research performance and productivity of James Cook University, but through our involvement with industry enhance the capacity of firms and industries to compete. CITBA does so by using sound research designs and methods to provide feasible solutions to academic practitioners, government agencies, business owners, industry associations and universities.

While the fields of international trade and business are complex subjects, CITBA’s model is simple: strategise, research and engage.


CITBA assists its members in developing their research careers by promoting areas of institutional research excellence, strengthening research capability, attracting external funding, fostering collaboration across disciplinary and Faculty boundaries, and enriching the research culture of the university.

Six reasons to become a CITBA member:

  1. Professional standing
  2. Members discount for conferences, training courses, and networking events
  3. Relevant professional development
  4. Recognition
  5. Connect locally and globally
  6. Exclusive networking opportunities

To qualify for academic membership, you must:

  • Have an academic interest in existing and developing research areas of importance to the local and the international community
  • Identify with at least one of the following academic clusters based on their research and/or teaching expertise:
    • Business and Economics
    • International Trade
    • Smart Cities
    • Tourism
    • Urban Planning
    • Law and Politics
    • Science and Technology

If you are interested, contact us today!

To qualify for HDR membership, you must be enrolled in honours, postgraduate coursework, research masters, or a PhD program at JCU.

If you are interested, contact us today!

Associate and Research Fellow membership is open to:

  • The professional staff within the JCU Division of Tropical Environment and Societies (DTES);
  • Independent researchers;
  • Individuals, companies and organisations involved in non-academic fields relevant to CITBA.

Benefits of Associate and Research Fellow membership:

  • Academic spin-offs
  • Information exchange forums
  • Consultancies
  • Academic involvement in industry projects
  • Joint seminars/symposiums
  • Collegial interchange

If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us today!