Our research

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

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.

Research projects

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Centre for Materials Science

Learn how the QUT Centre for Materials Science (QCMS) leads the way for materials research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) aims to bring to the community the benefits of teaching, research, technology and service relevant to philanthropic and nonprofit communities.

Childhoods in Changing Contexts Research Group

Children grow and learn across multiple sites and in a wide range of historical, contemporary and future contexts.Our research within the early years investigates: young children\'s rights and citizenship; cultural and multilingual contexts and childhoods; evaluation of early childhood, school-based, or parenting interventions, programs, policies, practices, and initiatives; the early childhood education and care workforce.

QUT Design Lab

change by design

Cool and Covered

Designing out skin cancer in Australia

Optimal Regulation of Voluntary Assisted Dying

Led by Professor Ben White, this research project explores regulation of end of life care and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) and will propose a new optimal regulatory framework for VAD in Australia.

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:

  • 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.

4 Jun 2020

‘Missing Middle’ offers new approach to housing

The days of urban McMansions are numbered and a QUT architecture lecturer says the solution to more flexible, affordable housing lies between a large home and a unit – the ‘missing middle’.

3 Jun 2020

Human hair used to make flexible displays for smart devices

QUT researchers have teamed up with a Brisbane barbershop in ground-breaking research to turn human hair waste into flexible displays that could be used in future smart devices.

2 Jun 2020

Blockchain to the rescue of small publishers

As Australian book publishers grapple with global disruption, digital technologies, and economic uncertainty, QUT researchers are looking at how blockchain technology can help them survive and thrive.

2 Jun 2020

Flying high for koalas on Kangaroo Island

QUT researchers will apply their artificial intelligence (AI) system that uses drones and infrared imaging in a collaborative project to count Kangaroo Island’s surviving koala population after the recent devastating bushfires.