Support for researchers
'I am constantly amazed at how supportive the QUT community is. My research supervisors are just incredible - so engaged, encouraging, and knowledgeable. The Education Faculty provides wonderful support and the library team has been a great help with finding database resources specific to my topic.'
'It’s important to me that the research I do generates real change to real people so QUT gave me the opportunity to present my findings to the Department of Transport and talk to them about why keeping older people driving is so important to their health.'
Life as a QUT justice PhD student
PhD student Amy Gurd talks about the opportunities studies have given her, experience with her supervisors and funding opportunities.
'I found QUT to be really flexible. I got offered an opportunity really early on in my degree, which was an internship at the National Institute of Biodiversity Research in Canberra. So I took a leave of absence from my degree, and this was no problem at all.'
A personal challenge
'What’s involved in a PhD is really finding a very small contribution that you can make to a body of knowledge. So it’s not trying to change the world, although often many people’s PhDs might lead to that, it’s really going very deep into a very narrow field of study.'
'My doctoral research explored new opportunities to engage young people in local politics and city planning initiatives through location-based media, particularly urban screens and mobile phones. I was part of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, a dynamic team of enthusiastic, transdisciplinary researchers. The lab works closely with industry, and my project was supported by the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, and Optus.'