Spatial justice and the global south
The bulk of the world's academics, centres, institutions, journals, resources and universities for conducting social research reside in the English-speaking countries in the global north.
Our research aims to redress this bias, to include experiences and ideas from the global south, which also address the profound social problems specific to the region.
Our work promotes the global south as a source of knowledge, innovative research, and pathway to spatial justice.
This work includes a world first study into how women's police stations in Argentina respond to and prevent gender violence.
Theme leader: Professor Kerry Carrington
Just work futures
Social inclusion is fundamental for achieving a prosperous, healthy and safe society, but it remains a challenge for Australian workplaces.
Our research is concerned with the social, economic and cultural inequalities of employment as they occur across organisations and industries both nationally and globally and in the rapidly growing digital economy. We build on the International Labour Organisation notion of 'decent work' that delivers:
- a fair income
- security in the workplace and social protection for families
- prospects for personal development and social integration
- freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in decisions
- equality of opportunity and treatment for women and men.
Theme leader: Professor Paula McDonald
Gender, violence and access to justice
Issues of gender, violence and justice are firmly on the agenda of national governments, international agencies, and communities.
Our research focuses on the areas of gender, sexualities, and interpersonal violence. Our work contributes to scholarly understanding of how violence is structured by gender and/or sexuality. We study the contexts for, participants in, and victims/survivors and perpetrators of crimes such as:
- domestic violence
- sex trafficking
- sexual violence
- child abuse.
We translate our research into recommendations for policy and programming in areas including violence prevention and reduction.
Theme leader: Associate Professor Michael Flood
Technologies, justice and social change
New technologies are designed and developed to solve problems, facilitate governance, create opportunities for innovation and enhance well-being and our social lives. Their application nonetheless has unintended consequences with negative impacts; such as enhancing cyber crimes; increasing threats to digital security.
Our research investigates emerging and disruptive technologies and how such innovation might influence the experience of justice.
We will explore human rights approaches to new industrial technologies, such as:
- 3D printing
- artificial intelligence
- biotechnology and the life sciences.
Theme leader: Professor Matthew Rimmer
Justice for children and young people
Children and young people are disproportionately represented amongst societies most vulnerable groups.
Our research will foster new ways of approaching social, legal, educational and health-related issues relating to the lives of young people.
Our study will focus on:
- children as both an object and subject of digital discourse, and uncertainties over notions of privacy, autonomy and authority
- legal concerns over criminal responsibility, youth policing, public tensions between retribution and rehabilitation, and our international obligations towards children
- the role of educational institutions in social justice
- inequalities within health provision and youth access, as well as concerns over mental health, safety, and community support.
Theme leader: Professor Gordon Tait
Climate change, biodiversity loss and extinction, extreme weather events, marine pollution and desertification are impacting on communities; human, non-human and ecological.
Our research will articulate and transform law and governance in ways that encourage and support human beings to live more sensitively and attentively in what is a more-than-human world.
We are reimagining how human beings can live symbiotically and therefore justly with other species and complex natural structures on planet Earth.
We explore the connections of social and ecological dimensions of the landscape, and how these can be recognised within the context of law, governance, professional practice and everyday consumption.
Theme leader: Professor Amanda Kennedy
QUT has a strong commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a history of leadership in Indigenous education and research.
Indigenous justice is a core theme for the QUT Centre for Justice, which has a convincing track record of Indigenous research conducted by senior researchers.
These researchers work with QUT's Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit to foster an environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share research and knowledge. They mentor emerging Indigenous scholars to develop research capability in Indigenous justice research.
Theme leader: Associate Professor Deb Duthie