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, exhibitions, 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. 

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.

Our researchers draw on these broad disciplines to lift the profile of humanities and social sciences research impact in Australia. Find out more about how UQ research has impact by following our stories below: 

Thank you for the music

UQ research led by Professor Margaret Barrett has revealed that informal encounters with music at home are critical for young children’s development – with benefits above and beyond those of shared reading.

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Cutting through the noise

In this era of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, political scientist Professor Katharine Gelber is working to inform public debate and policymaking with research and evidence that should, importantly, fill in the gaps and gaping voids that sound bites and headlines are unable to fill.


Rocking the boat

UQ’s Professor Robyn Gillies is making waves by advocating that talking in class should be mandatory.


Meeting employees' needs

UQ researcher Professor Gillian Whitehouse’s extensive research into gender and employment equity issues has contributed to new legislation with wide-reaching changes for Queensland employees, including those affected by domestic and family violence.


A place to call home

Vulnerable tenants now have improved housing outcomes thanks to UQ social scientists’ instrumental role in positively reforming Queensland policy on social housing for people with complex needs.


All the world’s a digital stage

Researchers are using UQ-developed 3D technology to bring theatres and galleries to life.