High quality, innovative research supporting social change and development across the globe

The Arts, Education and Law ( AEL ) Group undertake outstanding scholarship and ground-breaking research that makes a major contribution to society. The Group has around 400 academic staff and 600 higher degree research ( HDR ) students. Between 2013-2016, staff in the AEL Group were awarded more than $38 million in external competitive research income, and generated over 2500 research publications, many of these in top international peer-reviewed journals or taking the form of exhibitions or performances.

Griffith Research

Griffith is one of Australia’s leading research universities

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

The Australian Research Council is responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) - the national research evaluation framework.

ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions. Our outcome’s reflect the high calibre research activity underway across the group.

Well-above world standard
( ERA 5)
  • Criminology
Above world standard
( ERA 4)
  • Historical studies
  • Film, television and digital media
  • Education systems
  • Law
  • Sociology
World standard
( ERA 3)
  • Specialist studies in education
  • Journalism and professional writing
  • Performing arts and creative writing
  • Visual arts and crafts
  • Linguistics
  • Archaeology

Upcoming research events

Geoffrey Robertson QC

Geoffrey Robertson: Rather his own man

Australia’s inimitable Geoffrey Robertson returns to Brisbane for one evening only to share highlights (and lowlights) from his personal journey from pimply state schoolboy to leading the struggle for human rights throughout the world. This event is presented by Griffith University Integrity 20.

Book nowabout Createworld 2017

Behind the Music Series 2018

Behind the Music 2018 series

Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre’s Behind the Music series offers a rare glimpse into the processes involved in the preparation of creative works as leading musicians share their perspectives on making music. The second performance in the series takes place on 26 April 2018.

Find out moreabout the Applied Research in Crime and Misconduct Conference

Brisbane skyline at night

Guest lecture: Dr Mary Koss

Restorative justice on campuses and in community settings presented by Dr Mary Koss (University of Arizona) for Griffith Criminology Institute and Law Futures Centre on 13 April 2018.

Find out moreabout Queensland Review

Griffith Experts

Your guide to Griffith University's academic and research expertise

Higher degrees by research

Identifying HDR Supervisors

Applicants are expected to identify at least two possible supervisors in their application for admission. You may wish to contact the relevant HDR Convenor for advice on enrolment and potential supervisors:

Griffith Law School, Assoc. Prof Leanne Wiseman
Queensland College of Art, Dr Beck Davis
Queensland Conservatorium, Dr Vanessa Tomlinson
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dr Danielle Reynald
Education and Professional Studies, Dr Christine McDonald
Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Dr Robert Mason

HDR scholarships

We offer a range of generous scholarship programs that can cover tuition fees, living allowances paid as stipends, relocation and publication assistance. Scholarships are offered to domestic and international doctorate or masters by research applicants in two competitive application rounds each year.

Learn more about HDR scholarships

Student resources

Griffith Graduate Research School ( GGRS ) is a dedicated point of contact for all higher degree research candidates at the University. GGRS works in collaboration with Academic Groups, Research Centres and Institutes to create a rewarding and supportive research environment for HDR candidates.

Learn more about Griffith Graduate Research School

Indigenous Research

Our Indigenous Research Unit aims to improve socio-economic conditions for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Grants and Funding

Comprehensive information for all grant and funding opportunities, including all dates, is available through the Office for Research. Specific Arts, Education and Law research scheme opportunities are listed on the AEL Community site (on Blackboard and Learning@Griffith).

Learn more about Arts, Education and Law Community site

Learn more about Office for Research

Arts, Education and Law Research

Listen to our leading researchers and the PhD candidates they're supervising talk about their research and the benefits of their ongoing collaborations.

What to do with your online accounts when you die

Margaret Gibson from the School of Humanities and Social Science explains what to do with your online accounts when you die.

Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at QCA

A degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art provides students with the skills and techniques to take on today’s art world in all its various forms.

Meet our QCRC members

Join Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet as we meet with the Convenors of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre's five research focus areas and discuss what excites them about being a part of this vibrant music community.

3MT 2015 Griffith Final - Lisa Durnian

Lisa is a PhD candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her presentation was entitled '"Guilty, your Honours": How the guilty plea transformed the criminal trial'.

Contact the Dean (Research) office

Research enquiries

+61 7 3735 1808

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Location, delivery and postal address

Dean (Research)
(Arts, Education and Law)
Griffith University
Mt Gravatt campus
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt QLD 4122