We integrate research into child health, education, and digital and social connectedness. Innovating across disciplines, our evidence-based research focuses not only on the risks but also the many opportunities and innovations provided by digital technologies that can benefit children and their futures.
We are a global first, focussing on children from birth to eight years of age with a detailed seven-year research program, including a longitudinal family cohort study with 3000 families.
The centre provides guidelines and resources for parents, educators and communities about safe and effective digital practices.
We undertake community and stakeholder engagement through centre activities that include the Children’s Technology Spaces, workshops and conferences, and outreach events.
Researchers from Australian universities collaborating with QUT in the new centre are Curtin University, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University, University of Queensland and University of Wollongong.
In total, the centre has 32 national and international academic and industry partners. The centre will bring together academics from Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and South Korea, whose research spans diverse disciplines from education, health, computer science, engineering, psychology, and digital technologies to media and communication.
As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed cases exceed 30M, QUT behavioural researchers say the key to containment rests in understanding human behaviour and how our personalities may influence better cooperative behaviour for the global good.
QUT scientists have developed a way to kill COVID-19 virus on aluminium surfaces with a wet-etching technique that forms random ‘nano-pillars’ like miniscule spears, proven to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties.