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Technology, regulation and society

Responsive regulation

Our researchers are investigating the social, legal and regulatory disruptions created by technological advances and creating new governance frameworks for ongoing future innovation.

We're addressing the need for flexible regulatory frameworks that are responsive to new technologies and developments. We're building innovative solutions where regulation is designed into the product's development.

Research interests include:

  • automated transport systems
  • 3D printing
  • automated systems in health
  • assisted reproductive technologies
  • emerging online social platforms
  • digital business
  • genomic medicine.

Privacy and security

Our research examines the privacy implications of new technology and extends legal analysis to social, individual and information security.

Research interests include:

  • legal challenges associated with privacy, posed by technological advances like drones, robots and autonomous vehicles
  • policing in an information society
  • cloud computing
  • global information flows
  • data protection frameworks.

Impact, access and equity

Technology has the potential to have a transformative impact on society, and issues of access and equity underpin much of our research in this field.

Our researchers are interested in:

  • new opportunities for access and equity created by new technology
  • new forms of personal, social and political expression
  • legal and regulatory aspects of transformative technologies
  • social and ethical dimensions of technological change
  • regulatory aspects in the development of green technology
  • innovation in health care
  • interface between development of new technology and global justice
  • regulatory responses to harm and victimisation.

Media releases

15 Apr 2019

Health system needs climate-change proofing

Australia’s health system is unprepared to deal with climate change, QUT Public Health expert Professor Gerard Fitzgerald, one of the authors of an article in the Medical Journal of Australia latest issue, said.

11 Apr 2019

'Celibacy a myth in Catholic Church'

Up to 50 per cent of Catholic clergy are estimated to have given up on the traditional vows of celibacy and chastity and are sexually active to varying degrees, a QUT School of Justice researcher has found while investigating the Catholic Church’s response to complaints of clergy sexual misconduct against adults.

Related research projects

Intellectual Property and Innovation Law

We conduct cutting-edge, real-world research at the intersection of law and technology.

Crime and Justice Research Centre

The Crime and Justice Research Centre is a leader in high-impact interdisciplinary criminological research. We\'re home to distinguished international researchers and are distinctive for our applied research and focus on the challenges confronting governments and criminal justice systems around the world.

International Law and Global Governance

Researchers in our international law and global governance law program critically examine legal arrangements and regulatory institutions that address global challenges.