Our research

Research in the Faculty takes various forms and its outcomes include papers in scholarly journals, chapters in books, books (edited, multi-authored, and the single-author monographs), datasets and longitudinal studies, and non-traditional research outputs such as research reports, musical compositions and performances, theatrical scripts and performances, creative writing, and translations.

According to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise, all broad fields of research applicable to humanities and social sciences at UQ were rated above or well above world standard and, of the twenty-one specialised HASS-related fields, 90% were rated above or well above world standard. 

Humanities and social science research at UQ rated equal first in the nation in three broad fields - Education, Studies in Human Society, Language, and Communication & Culture - and equal first in eight additional specialised fields - Specialist Studies in Education, Political Science, Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Applied Ethics, History and Philosophy of Applied Fields and Religion and Religious Studies. 

Our faculty hosts one current and one recently completed ARC Laureate, three ARC Future Fellows and 11 DECRAs. Currently 19 faculty-led ARC Discovery Projects are operational and five ARC Linkage Projects with co-CI on others led within UQ and beyond.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UQ has one of the most diverse funding bases outside of the ARC, sourcing approximately 40% of our total research income each year from a broad range of government and industry partners.

In the past 18 months, our researchers have collaborated with, and have received funding from:

  • International organisations, such as: the World Bank; the UK Policing College and the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime; the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations; World Vision; International Mining for Development Centre and The Academy of Korean Studies.
  • International philanthropic foundations, including: the Spencer Foundation; The Leakey Foundation; The Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation; The Christensen Fund; the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and; The Ian Potter Foundation.
  • Australian government departments (including the Australian Government Departments of: Foreign Affairs and Trade; Industry and Science; Social Services; Human Services; and Education and Training) and agencies (including the National Productivity Commission and the Australian Bureau of Statistics).
  • Australian not-for-profit organisations, including: the National Library of Australia; the Australian Youth Orchestra and MusicaViva.
  • Queensland Government Departments (including the Departments of: Education and Training; Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services; Premier and Cabinet; Health; Housing and Public Works; Tourism and; Science, Information Technology and Innovation, and the Queensland Police Service) and agencies (including the Electoral Commission of Queensland);
  • Other State government departments and State-based organisations, including: the Queensland Museum Network; the NSW Teachers’ Federation, and; the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research; and
  • Organisations closer to home, including: Wesley Mission Brisbane; the Brisbane Housing Company; Burke Shire Council; several regional Aboriginal land councils, and the Brisbane Catholic Education Office.