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Our research

We're focused on the technology and innovation that will enable our society and our economy to progress.

Research priorities

We've identified and 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.

Biomedical engineering

Progress in biomedical engineering is powerful and life changing. We collaborate with engineers and medical professionals to progress new materials, procedures and medical devices.

Biomolecular science

Many of the big steps forward in health will start with tiny discoveries. We use technology to investigate the molecular basis of disease, enabling better diagnostics and therapeutics.

Business of technology

Digital disruption is an opportunity. We're analysing the capacity for organisations to progress through technological advances and capitalise on new market opportunities.

Chronic disease intervention

We're developing new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurological disorders.

Data science

We dig through mountains of data and find new ways to refine its revolutionary power through mathematics, machine learning and statistics driven by world class computing and visualisation capabilities.

Digital media

The transformation of communication channels is progressing faster than ever before. Our large-scale and methodologically innovative research investigates the ramifications and opportunities of this transformation.

Education for better outcomes

How will education help the next generation to progress? We're focused on STEM education, student engagement, early childhood, autism research, Indigenous education, literacies for the 21st century and teacher education.

Health systems

As society changes, healthcare choices need to adapt. We're identifying differences in information between healthcare providers and consumer, and investigating possible incentives so that the system can continue to progress

Injury prevention and management

As assistive and augmenting technologies continue to evolve, consumer behavior is changing. We're researching how we interact with this technology and uncovering fresh insights that will help new commercial strategies to progress.

Materials science

A new material can lead to major technological breakthroughs. That’s why we're working in nanomaterials, surface engineering and molecular materials that encompass synthesis, characterisation and application in diverse situations.

Plant and industrial biotechnology

Sustainability of agricultural and energy resources is a national priority. Our research aims to reduce threats to food, health and water supply, to minimise the impacts of climate change and to innovate biofuel production.

Robotics and computer vision

Progress in the development of intelligent robotic systems is exciting. We're exploring ways for robots to visually sense, understand and interact with complex and unstructured real-world environments.

Technology, regulation and society

As the pace of technological change continues to progress, we're investigating the complex legal, regulatory, ethical and social implications for health care, communications, transportation and the nature of work and relationships.

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:

  • commercial and property law
  • crime and justice
  • health law
  • intellectual property and innovation law
  • international law and global governance.

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:

  • chemistry, physics and mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering and built environment
  • earth environmental and biological sciences
  • electrical engineering and computer science
  • information systems
  • mathematical sciences.

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.

Research projects

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Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

We are the leading hub in Australia for research-based knowledge in entrepreneurship

CARRS-Q

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q)

Student Engagement, Learning and Behaviour (#SELB) Research Group

Engaged in quality research that aims to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of all children and young people

QUT Design Lab

change by design

Blockchain

This website is a QUT wide showcase of research capabilities in blockchain technology, distributed ledgers, and their impact.

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.

15 Feb 2019

Free access to research will help save horses and ponies

Laminitis - a complex, common and often devastating disease - is the second biggest killer of domestic horses. Now a body of important research on it has been compiled and shared online for equine vets and others to access.

14 Feb 2019

Queensland road trip set to test Artificial Intelligence on real Aussie roads

QUT researchers will take an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system on a road trip of south-east Queensland to ensure the autonomous cars of the future will be smart enough to handle tough Australian road conditions.

14 Feb 2019

Building better robots that can get a grip

QUT researchers working on how robots can be taught to grasp objects in real-world situations have received a US$70,000 research grant from ecommerce giant Amazon.

14 Feb 2019

Pilot plant to turn sugarcane waste into biofuel and beer bottles

QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles.