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.

Our researchers draw on these broad disciplines to lift the profile of humanities and social sciences research impact in Australia: