Is your city smart?
Our researchers, in partnership with QUT Business School in a Commonwealth Government-funded study, assessed 180 local government areas in Australia to determine which cities are best-performing and what cities can do to improve their living standards.Read our article on The Conversation
Recognition for infrastructure innovation
Associate Professor Adrian Bridge is collaborating with government and industry to lead the development, empirical testing and successful trialling of a procurement decision tool. The tool has been endorsed by Australia’s Productivity Commission and the OECD, who recommend it be adopted around the world.Find out more
Dr Fiona Lamari is part of a research team trialing a smart camera network at the Gold Coast. The team will use the data from the cameras to inform plans and strategies for managing current and emerging pressures placed on the waterwaysAbout the project
Our researchers focus on future food systems
Professor Doug Baker will lead the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre investigating logistics and urban design. This research will identify planning policy, design and infrastructure for integrating high-tech growing and processing facilities.About the new centre
Urban development student Libby Hogarth received the Queensland Division of the Planning Institute of Australia's award for her project on housing affordability for low socio-economic households in master planned communities.Learn more about the awards
iHub living labs research
Dr Wendy Miller is leading the iHub living labs research as part of a wider project by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), partially funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).Read more about the living labs
A new model for healthy senior living
Professor Robin Drogemuller (right) is leading a $1.15 million NHMRC-funded research project to examine alternative means of healthy senior living by co-locating with school campuses across urban and regional Australia.
We address social, economic, technical, health and safety, and environmental challenges in diverse construction, development and planning projects in urban and regional contexts. We use human-centred thinking and critical perspectives to engage stakeholders in the design and innovation of the built environment.
Our strengths in data analysis, design thinking and strategic planning are used to solve problems, improve efficiency, manage change and implement innovative processes at different phases of the construction and development process.
Reef restoration research
Our Head of School, Associate Professor Karen Vella, is involved in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation research consortium. Her research looks at how to support stakeholder engagement and public participation options to understand the acceptability of technology interventions in the Great Barrier Reef.
Managing mining risks
Dr Tim Rose is leading a project funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction focusing on approaches to risk management and technology adoption in the mining industry. The outputs will address a gap in industry practice and reduce potential challenges in the adoption of new technology.
Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar leads the Smart City research group. This research group focuses on developing urban systems that are sustainable and balanced in societal, economical and environmental impacts. Their research includes investigating better preparing for disasters, such as floods, optimising stormwater management and technological disruption, such as artificial intelligence.
Procurement in education
Our researchers are involved in the ARC Value in Operations research project, which aims to advance the body of procurement knowledge. The use of this framework will optimise education outcomes in relation to the total cost of built environment and facilities in schools, significantly advancing their overall performance.
"I chose QUT because working in the city it suited me to go to classes after work. The guest lecturers from industry offered real-world insights that I found valuable. Studying at QUT has helped me to move on to managing more complex and more interesting projects. One of my career highlights has been working on a hybrid operating theatre at St Andrews Hospital in Brisbane."
"QUT provided a vast knowledge base and array of skills to help prepare me for my job as a professional quantity surveyor. During my degree QUT helped me obtain a cadetship with leading firm, Turner & Townsend. Now I am employed by Turner & Townsend where I have worked on projects across a number of sectors."
- Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management)
- Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering)
- Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)
- Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management)
- Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture)/Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management)
- Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)/Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)
The core of our industry engagement is through our research and research training activities and our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.
We partner with businesses and organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and our scope of application is inclusive.
- Future Food CRC
- iMove CRC
- Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
- CRC ORE
- Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
- Great Barrier Reef Foundation
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Brisbane City Council
- Brisbane Smart Transport Research Centre
- Black & White Cabs
- The University of Queensland
- James Cook University
- Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
- Center for Integrated Facility Engineering – Stanford University
- Centre of Construction Law – King's College London
- Chongqing University
- Cranfield University
- Curtin University
- Design Innovation Research Centre – University of Reading
- Griffith University
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Nanyang Technological University
- National University of Singapore
- Northumbria University
- Penn State University
- University College London Engineering
- University College London (The Bartlett)
- University of Hong Kong
- University of New South Wales
- University of Salford.
Our school brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.
Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.