About our project

What is the basis of our project?

Founded by the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland in 2016, this Strategic Research Project brings together University of Queensland researchers from the School of Communication and Arts, the School of Music, and the School of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with a network of national and international partners.  

The methodology for the project proposes a new model of Translational Research in Creative Practice, based on an understanding of Creative Practice as advancing new forms of knowledge beyond the academic sphere.  

Although the concept of translational research is used widely in the Sciences to describe the ‘bench-to-bedside’ work of translating knowledge created in the lab into public, everyday care environments, this project is built around the premise that translational research is also a central component of Creative Practice in the Humanities.


What is our primary aim?

The primary aim of the research project is to investigate how Translational Research in Creative Practice produces new knowledge about the human condition through the application of creative practices to real world problems in learning and development, health and well-being, and community engagement. The project is intended to advance knowledge and understanding of the processes and formats that shape the translation of complex academic research findings into the public realm.

Initially focusing on the ways in which translational research operates in Music and the Visual Arts, the project also has immediate relevance to researchers in Creative Writing, Drama, Museum Studies, Performance Studies, Sound Studies, Theatre Studies and Film & TV. 


What are our research aims?

Our key research aims are:

  • To better understand current methodologies of translational research within and across the humanities;
  • To generate new methodologies of translational research in creative practice;
  • To articulate the benefits of translational research in creative practice for research practitioners in the humanities;
  • To identify the public benefits that arise from translational research in creative practice, including learning and development, health and well-being, and discipline-specific practices; and
  • To build a collaborative framework for a program of collaborative creative research at UQ with government, industry, community and university partners nationally and internationally.