Research strengths

We've invested in areas of research identified as priorities for the world, the nation and the state. In each of these areas we're continuing to build on the strength and experience of our experts.

The LABS

Meet some of the people changing our world for the better, with a behind the scenes snapshot of science that can:

  • transform diamonds into high powered, energy efficient electronics
  • change plastics into truly biodegradable food for organisms
  • teach robots how to navigate the world like humans do.
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Research projects

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Water and Environmental Engineering

Welcome to the Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. We are a group of multi disciplinary researchers and higher degree research students in civil and environmental engineering, and physical, biological and mathematical sciences. Our research creates fundamental knowledge and engineering solutions to global challenges in water resources management.

The Centre for Inclusive Education

The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) at QUT contributes to genuine inclusive education by conducting high-quality research

QUT Design Lab

change by design

CARRS-Q

Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland, Queensland University of Technology

QUT Centre for Justice

The QUT Centre for Justice is a think tank for social justice that aims to empower and enable citizens, consumers and communities through solutions-oriented research.

Faculties

Business

Collaborate with government and industry to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community at a local, national and global level.

Explore areas like:

  • accountability, regulation and governance
  • consumers, markets and stakeholders
  • economics and finance
  • entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy
  • non-profit and social enterprise
  • organisation and work.

Learn more about research in the QUT Business School

Creative industries

Join our progressive and collaborative postgraduate community and make an original contribution to media, design or creative arts research. We believe in fostering a supportive intellectual environment that encourages our researchers to address real world problems in areas like:

  • digital media, communication and culture
  • innovation in the performing and digital arts
  • sustainability and innovation in design.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Creative Industries

Education

Recognised internationally as a leader in education research with a global outlook, we provide the right environment for our researchers and research students to make real progress and generate real world impact. Our research is leading the way in areas like:

  • childhood in changing contexts
  • teacher education and professional learning
  • literacies, language, texts and technologies
  • STEM education
  • student engagement, learning and behaviour.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Education

Health

Get hands-on experience with patients and students, and collaborate with government, community groups, hospitals and institutions from around the world. Your work has the potential to advance healthcare in areas including:

  • behavioural neuroscience and mental health
  • chronic conditions, including cancer
  • healthy lifestyles, ageing and environments
  • emergency care and health services
  • infection and injury prevention.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Health

Law

As our commercial, social and digital worlds continue to evolve, our laws and justice system must progress with them. Our research is helping to shape the law and guide policy reform in areas like:

  • justice
  • health law
  • technology
  • environment.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Law

Science and engineering

From robotics to biomedical engineering, we are leading the way with research that will contribute significantly to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of people across the globe. It’s exciting, world-changing work happening in areas like:

  • biology and environmental science
  • built environment
  • chemistry and physics
  • civil and environmental engineering
  • computer science
  • earth and atmospheric sciences
  • electrical engineering and robotics
  • information systems
  • mathematical sciences
  • mechanical, medical and process engineering.

Learn more about research in our Science and Engineering Faculty

Institutes

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) creates an open, collaborative environment, fostering excellence in biomedical, health and engineering innovation.

Learn more about IHBI

Institute for Future Environments

Institute for Future Environments (IFE) brings together hundreds of experts from STEM fields, business and law, working to solve the world's grand challenges.

Learn more about IFE

Indigenous research

Indigenous Studies Research Network

The Indigenous Studies Research Network is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary network of Indigenous researchers, research affiliates and Indigenous postgraduate students. Through the network, researchers can share ideas, specialised skills, resources and information to build strong links around the world and promote international collaboration.

National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network

The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network is a national, inclusive, multidisciplinary hub and spokesmodel network of Indigenous researchers at various stages of their careers. The network is led by Indigenous senior scholars with strong research track records who bring extensive experience in collaborative and community-based research.

We're making real progress

We're delivering solutions to the challenges of today and the future. Be part of research that has real impact, locally and on a global scale. See just some of the current projects that are establishing our researchers as international research leaders.

7 Jan 2021

Like investors, bacteria, viruses and cancer cells hedge their bets

Bacteria, viruses and cancer cells can act like savvy human investors by diversifying their population against futures shocks just as people hedge their investments with a diversified portfolio against uncertainty.

22 Dec 2020

How COVID-19 polarised politics: #IStandWithDan versus #DictatorDan

A QUT study of two interrelated Twitter hashtag campaigns in relation to the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ handling of the COVID-19 second wave found the activity was driven by a “small, hyper-partisan core of highly active participants” and not bot accounts.

21 Dec 2020

Instagram influencers gain credibility when paid posts are disclosed

For Instagram influencers and marketing managers, honesty is the best policy when it comes to disclosing an advertiser has paid for a post, a collaborative marketing study by the QUT Business School and the University of Western Australia Business School has found.

14 Dec 2020

When chemistry with green light mimics what happens in life

Scientists frequently look at how molecules behave in nature to help them design chemical processes, and that’s what QUT and Ghent University researchers did to create a green light-stabilised 3D polymer structure that unfolds itself when left in darkness.