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.

Real-world research

Research projects

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Creative Placemaking for Social Impact

We are a research group examining the crucial role of arts, culture and place-based creativity in community recovery and resilience.

Rhythm and Movement for Self-regulation

RAMSR is a series of rhythmic movement activities that encourage beat synchronization and challenge one or more of the executive functions in a fun and engaging way.

Auditing and Financial Reporting research group

This program brings together researchers contributing to the broad field of auditing and financial reporting. Our researchers seek to provide a better understanding of external reporting - financial and non-financial, mandatory and voluntary - and the role of auditing and assurance services in enhancing business performance and quality.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Carumba Institute

The Carumba Institute is an Indigenous research and education environment, embodying our priority to increase Indigenous research focus, develop Indigenous Australian researchers and attend to the needs of Indigenous Australian students.

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.

Indigenous researcher spotlight

Katrina Wruck is a PhD student in the Resource Transformation group in the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering. Her research aims to deliver high-tech, innovative solutions in wastewater treatment.

Learn about Katrina Wruck

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.

24 Sep 2021

Cutting edge DNA technology to identify Australian fallen soldiers’ remains

Families of targeted missing Australian service members will be invited to help establish a DNA Biobank to aid in identifying recovered remains, funded by a new $2.2 million Department of Defence Innovation Hub contract undertaken by QUT in collaboration with Defence.

22 Sep 2021

CARRS-Q research students win QUT Three-Minute Thesis and Visualise Your Thesis competitions

Humanising driverless-cars and evaluating safety measures for mobile phone-distracted pedestrians were the winning QUT research entries in the 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) international communication competitions.

15 Sep 2021

Crystal islands that could halve time and cost of science experiments

QUT researchers have found a way to grow crystal islands that could halve the time and cost of some science experiments.

14 Sep 2021

New book provides in-depth look at autonomous vehicles for kids

There’s much hype about a race toward autonomous vehicles but significant hurdles need to be overcome, says leading roboticist and autonomy expert Professor Michael Milford from QUT.