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 by study area

Health

Our research improves patient treatment options and increases the world's knowledge of human health.

Real-world research

Research projects

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Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research

Working towards a better understanding of the key issues in childhood nutrition, and how to tackle them

Social Marketing Research Group

QUT Social Marketing Research Group

STEM Education Research Group

STEM Education Research Group collects evidence to improve our understanding of how young people and their teachers engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Faculties

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

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.

QUT Indigenous Australian Research Strategy 2022-2025

QUT’s Indigenous Australian Research Strategy 2022-2025 presents a vision for the university that is focused on building and supporting Indigenous Australian research excellence and innovation.

To achieve this vision, the strategy prioritises:

  • supporting and investing in Indigenous Australian research talent and excellence
  • growing the body of Indigenous Australian-led and co-designed research
  • building institutional capability to foster Indigenous Australian research excellence
  • developing cohort support to enable Indigenous Australian intellectual excellence.

QUT’s Indigenous Australian academics, researchers and alumni make significant research contributions at local, national and international levels. The University is also committed to investing in research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities that are meaningful, respectful and mutually beneficial. The Indigenous Australian Research Strategy capitalises on the progress QUT has already made, and outlines actions the university will take now and into the future to deliver our vision.

Read the QUT Indigenous Australian Research Strategy 2022-2025 document

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.

6 Jul 2022

What makes an excellent schoolteacher? Troubled teens tell us in new research

New QUT research that asked high school students with learning and behavioural difficulties what makes an excellent teacher revealed they value instruction over a bubbly or fun disposition.

4 Jul 2022

Humour used to destigmatise death and promote community healing

Indigenous comedian Sean Choolburra is the voice behind a new QUT-led animation series that uses humour to help demystify and destigmatise palliative care and dying for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

20 Jun 2022

Targeting e-Scooter offenders could reverse hospital trends

A police campaign targeting e-Scooter offenders being launched this week could help set new trends in both hospital emergency department presentations and e-mobility uptake, according to researchers.

17 Jun 2022

Grow your own lettuce and help build a circular food economy

There may be no end to sky-high lettuce prices in sight, but QUT is offering free resources to help people, households and communities grow their own produce – with a digital flavour on top.