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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 projects

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Wind and Fire Engineering Lab

Structural wind and fire engineering research

Biomechanics and Spine Research Group

The Biomechanics and Spine Research Group is a collaboration between Medical Engineering at QUT and the Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeons at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Our aim is to conduct quality research into paediatric spinal deformity and ensure patients receive the best management possible.

Bayesian Research & Applications Group

BRAG fosters frontier research in Bayesian methodology and computation, and the application of these approaches to real world problems.

Impact Test Facility

The New Generation Facility for Impact Testing project began development at QUT in 2018 funded by an ARC LIEF grant with contributions from 10 Australian partner universities. It aims to develop a national facility to study the impact response of civil and mechanical structures, components and materials. It will generate high velocity, horizontal impacts of 1m/s to 50m/s with projectile mass up to 100kg and energy up to 120kJ. A strong floor will be utilised for realistic loading of target specimens when required. Comprehensive instrumentation of both projectile and its target will provide force vector, velocity, acceleration, displacement and strain gauge data. High speed cameras with Digital Image Correlation software will measure surface strain fields. The resulting data will facilitate research into new materials, design philosophies and effective retrofitting of high-risk buildings, infrastructure and armoured vehicles.

Molecular Recognition & Sensors

Nanosensors and molecular diagnostics, Environmental and nanoanalytics and Light and nano plasmonics research from QUT Chemistry Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Polymer Networks & Biomaterials

Research undertaken by QUT primarily within the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering within the Science and Engineering Faculty

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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 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.

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.

22 Aug 2019

Truckies more obese than most: QUT study

More than 200,000 people are employed as truck drivers in Australia and while their role in transporting goods across our wide brown land is critical, they are among the nation’s most unhealthy.

21 Aug 2019

New rapid DNA test to diagnose chlamydia infection in koalas

A new DNA test to detect chlamydia infection in koalas which can be run in the field and gives on-the-spot results within 30 minutes has been developed in a research collaboration between QUT and University of Queensland (UQ) researchers.

19 Aug 2019

Australia’s most generous professions and postcodes

Residents of Western Australia’s 6011 postcode made $206, 350 525 in tax-deductible donations for the 2016-17 financial year and topped the country for donations by postcode.

16 Aug 2019

New BCC electoral boundaries offer hope to Labor

The Queensland Electoral Commission (QEC) has completed its Brisbane City Council boundaries review and it appears to offer some good news for Labor after the party’s 15-plus years in opposition.