Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Professor Caitlin Byrne, is set join several other Griffith University leaders in participation of the Vinnies Gold Coast CEO Sleepout on June 22, an initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds for Australians facing homelessness.

As a responsible leader dedicated to inclusivity and social responsibility, Professor Byrne’s involvement exemplifies the core values of Griffith Business School. Her active engagement in fundraising for St. Vincent de Paul, an organization that provides vital support to those in need within our communities, underscores the school’s mission.

Professor Byrne is eager to contribute to the cause that provides food and accommodation to those in need in our communities.

Homelessness is a persistent issue in our communities. Research indicates that Queensland is experiencing a 22% rise in homelessness rates since 2017, compared to only 8% across Australia. In some parts of regional Queensland, the increase is significantly higher. This highlights the importance of raising funds to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Australia.”

Griffith Business School’s commitment to addressing pressing social issues extends beyond individual efforts. Dr Benjamin Liu, Director of the Social and Affordable Housing Research Cluster within the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, has recently overseen the work of five PhD scholars who have delved into housing affordability issues. These scholars have explored the impacts and potential scientific solutions and innovations, such as build-to-rent, private-public partnerships, and shared equity, for various stakeholders involved.

Recognising the multifaceted impacts of housing-related issues, Dr Liu emphasises the need for further research in this crucial area. “The significance of research in addressing housing affordability cannot be overstated. Currently, over 240,000 households across the country find themselves on waiting lists for public and community housing. By 2025, an estimated 1.6 billion individuals worldwide are projected to face financial difficulties when seeking housing.”

Griffith Business School is also dedicated to nurturing responsible leadership and empowering its students to contribute meaningfully to their communities. One such example is Chrystal Coughlan, a Griffith Business School Student Leader and enthusiastic volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul. Chrystal recently engaged in a conversation with Professor Caitlin Byrne to explore avenues for supporting students in accessing volunteer opportunities. She highlights the School’s deep commitment to social responsibility as a pivotal factor that influenced her decision to study at Griffith. “The focus on social responsibility isn’t just talk; it’s a fundamental part of the learning experience.”

If you would like to join the School in supporting Professor Caitlin Byrne and the Griffith University team in making a positive impact on the lives of Australians experiencing homelessness, you can make a donation here:


1: No Poverty
UN Sustainable Development Goals 1: No Poverty