Research projects

Although you can apply to join any research project, some of our researchers are actively seeking Indigenous perspectives to contribute to their research.

Explore all research projects, or take a look at some of our featured projects below.

Find a supervisor

Want to find the right person to support your research? Any researcher at QUT would be happy to hear your research proposal if it aligns with their research interests.

Explore all QUT supervisors and find one that matches your interests. Or take a look at the featured supervisors below, who are actively seeking Indigenous perspectives on their work.

The Carumba Institute

Professor Peter Anderson is looking for students to research in:

  • Indigenous and First Nations education
  • teacher and academic professional development
  • higher education
  • curriculum design and pedagogies
  • diversity education
  • rights-based education
  • education administration and leadership.

Dr Levon Blue is looking for students to research in:

  • financial literacy education with Indigenous peoples
  • the role of education in First Nations Trust Agreements
  • digital finance tools
  • social justice.

Business

Advertising, marketing and public relations

Dr Frank Mathmann is looking for students to research in:

  • retailing
  • consumer behaviour
  • consumer financial decision-making
  • service interaction
  • consumer behaviour in new digital environments.

Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett is looking for students to research in:

  • social marketing (using marketing to facilitate behaviour change)
  • energy efficiency
  • public transport
  • preventative health
  • participation in education
  • homelessness
  • respectful relationships
  • biosecurity.

Dr Udo Gottlieb is looking for students to research in:

  • business development management
  • international marketing
  • global business
  • strategic marketing.

Economics and finance

Professor Uwe Dulleck is looking for students to research in:

  • developing and evaluating programs in health
  • legal support
  • community expectations and public policy
  • behavioural economics
  • intellectual property.

Creative industries

Communication

Professor Susan Carson is looking for students to research in:

  • Indigenous culture centres: developing strategies for reconciliation, education and creative production.

Dr Michelle Riedlinger is looking for students to research in:

  • First Nations scholarship and advocacy.

Dr Ariadna Matamoros Fernandez is looking for students to research in:

  • social media and how it impacts people's everyday life.

Professor Amanda Lotz and Associate Professor Kevin Sanson are looking for students to research in:

  • changes to the television industry, particularly internet-distributed television.

Dr Elija Cassidy is looking for students to research in:

  • digital equality and inclusion
  • gender, sexuality, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Dr Bridget Harris is looking for students to research in:

  • law, governance and regulation of digital media, with a focus on intimate partner, domestic, family and sexual violence.

Professor Michael Dezuanni is looking for students to research in:

  • digital inclusion and participation, focusing on digital skills development in regional and remote communities.

Dr Benjamin Nicoll, Dr Brendan Keogh, Associate Professor John Banks and Dr Ben Egliston are looking for students to research in:

  • the video games industry, particularly:
    • skills development
    • esports
    • data analytics
    • video games history.

Creative practice

Dr Jeremy Neideck is looking for students to research in:

  • transcultural arts production in First Nations contexts.

Associate Professor Donna Hancox is looking for students to research in:

  • story making for impact: innovating and inclusive community engagement processes.

Professor Sandra Gattenhof is looking for students to research in:

  • frameworks for impact assessment of collaboration, creativity and community well being through arts engagement.

Dr Rohan Wilson is looking for students to research in:

  • fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Professor Helen Klaebe is looking for students to research in:

  • approaches to design, development and delivery of arts-based project in Australia that consciously represent the interests, needs and capacity of communities, and promote healthy, sustainable communities.

Associate Professor Michael Whelan is looking for students to research in:

  • creative practice as a process to develop capacity and belonging with cohorts experiencing access and equity obstacles to higher education.

Dr Gavin Carfoot is looking for students to research in:

  • Australian country music as a form of creative place making in urban, regional, remote and First Nations communities.

Dr Kathryn Kelly is looking for students to research in:

  • studies in creative practice.

Dr Leah King-Smith is looking for students to research in:

  • creative industries
  • practice-led research
  • decolonising methodologies
  • visual arts
  • public art
  • multimedia
  • photo media.

Design

Associate Professor Janice Rieger is looking for students to research in:

  • codesigning access to art with regional communities.

Dr Tiziana Ferrero-Regis is looking for students to research in:

  • fashion
  • fashion and art
  • textiles and community.

Education

Early childhood and inclusive education

Dr Francis Bobongie-Harris is looking for students to research in:

  • Indigenous languages
  • experiences of boarding schools
  • other topics.

Associate Professor Jenna Gillett-Swan is looking for students to research in:

  • children and young people's rights.

Dr Grace O'Brien is looking for students to research in:

  • young First Nations men's engagement at school, and minimising or preventing their engagement in the juvenile justice system
  • Indigenous education
  • youth justice
  • social justice and inclusive education
  • exclusionary practices
  • racial profiling of minority groups.

Dr Sofia Mavropoulou is looking for students to research in:

  • inclusive education.

Professor Marilyn Campbell is looking for students to research in:

  • bullying among Indigenous students.

Teacher education and leadership

Dr Prue Miles is looking for students to research in:

  • engagement and learning
  • digital learning
  • media education
  • education partnerships
  • NITV and education
  • SBSLearn Indigenous online education resources
  • Australian Curriculum General Capabilities in practice
  • communities of practice.

Engineering

Electrical engineering and robotics

Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez is looking for students to research in:

  • drones and artificial intelligence (AI) for mapping sites with cultural and heritage significance.

Professor Michael Milford is looking for students to research in:

  • automated environmental monitoring for Indigenous peoples.

Mechanical, medical and process engineering

Professor Ian O'Hara is looking for students to research in:

Health

Clinical sciences

Professor Michael Scheutz is looking for students to research in:

  • trauma research.

Public health

Dr Victoria McCreanor and Professor Steven McPhail are looking for student to research in:

  • health economics.

Dr Amina Tariq is looking for students to research in

  • e-health and digital health.

Dr Will Parsonage is looking for students to research in:

  • cardiac health.

Adjunct Professor Anne Chang, Associate Professor Julie Marchant and Dr Margaret McElrea are looking for students to research in:

  • respiratory health.

Professor Adrian Barnett, Dr Nicole White and Dr Susanna Cramb are looking for students to research in:

  • statistics.

Professor Kirsten Vallmuur is looking for students to research in:

  • trauma surveillance and data.

Associate Professor Jaimi Greenslade is looking for students to research in:

  • value-based health care
  • statistics
  • emergency care.

Dr David Brain, Dr Hannah Carter and Dr Sanjeewa Kularatna are looking for students to research in:

  • health economics.

Associate Professor Peter Lazzarini is looking for students to research in:

  • public health
  • diabetic foot disease.

Associate Professor Reece Hinchcliff is looking for students to research in:

  • health management.

Gillian Harvey, Dr Bridget Abell, Dr Olivia Fisher and Dr Zephanie Tyack are looking for students to research in:

  • implementation science.

Dr Elizabeth Martin is looking for students to research in:

  • maternity services
  • health economics.

Dr Kerry-Ann O'Grady is looking for students to research in:

  • paediatric respiratory health.

Dr Joanne Durham is looking for students to research in:

  • public health
  • disadvantaged populations.

Road safety

Work with the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) on their research in:

  • cooperative intelligent transport systems
  • cooperative automated vehicle perspectives.

Contact one of the supervisors for more information:

Justice

All justice supervisors

Professor John Scott is looking for students to research in:

  • gendered crime
  • drug use
  • rural and remote crime.

Dr Alissa Macoun is looking for student to research in:

  • politics and policy
  • contemporary Indigenous policy in Australia
  • settler colonialism
  • racism and whiteness.

Law

All law supervisors

Dr Hope Johnson is looking for students to research in:

  • human rights law
  • environmental law (international and domestic)
  • food law and standards
  • critical race theory or related theories (systems of oppression and colonial processes to law and society).

Professor Matthew Rimmer is looking for students to research in:

  • copyright, designs, trademark and patent law
  • plant breeders' rights
  • access to genetic resources
  • trade secrets and confidential information
  • tobacco control
  • access to medicines
  • Indigenous cultural heritage
  • native title
  • the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Associate Professor Fiona McDonald is looking for students to research in:

  • health law, health ethics and health policy
  • issues around the legal regulation or ethical governance of the health system
  • the right to health.

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is looking for students to research in:

  • health law
  • medical ethics
  • children as patients
  • organ and tissue transplantation and donation
  • substitute decision making
  • supported decision making
  • end-of-life decision making
  • biomedical research.

Associate Professor Felicity Deane in looking for students to research in:

  • environmental law and biodiversity
  • natural capital and caring for our country
  • international trade and technology.

Professor Ben Mathews is looking for students to research in:

  • child maltreatment law and public health.

Dr Steph Jowett is looking for students to research in:

  • children's health law
  • law on consent to medical treatment
  • law regarding transgender and gender diverse youth
  • suicide law.

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn is looking for students to research in:

  • health law
  • medical litigation
  • regulation of health professionals
  • elder law
  • compensation and redress for institutional abuse of children.

Dr Bridget Lewis is looking for students to research in:

  • Queensland and international human rights law
  • environmental and intergenerational issues
  • the rights of older people.

Science

Mathematical sciences

Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen is looking for students to research in:

  • statistical modelling and statistical machine learning
  • application of new methods to practical problems.

Need more information?

Contact the Carumba Institute for more information about your research options.