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

Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis heats

The Arts, Education and Law (AEL) group heats were held 31 July at Griffith's South Bank Campus.

Griffith Criminology Institute doctoral student Moses Amagnya took out first place, winning $500 to contribute to his research on corruption in a criminal justice system of a developing democracy, focusing on Ghanaian criminal justice officials.

Read about the winners and their incredible research here

Upcoming events

Women and sport event

Women and Sport II

Women and Sport II: "Making space" for women in sport.

It is a great time to be a woman in sport. Yet this moment is not without challenges. The recent successes and advances for women in sport do not signify an end to gender-based exclusion or discrimination. Although we have made significant progress in some areas, there is still a way to go.

Continuing on from the excitement and connections forged at last year’s event, this year’s Women and Sport II extends the focus on multiplicities and difference, including speakers from diverse sports, and diverse academic and practice backgrounds.

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about Researcher Education and Development – 2017 Calendar

GCI feature event

#Be someone who does something

Join us for a comprehensive discussion about the role of the bystander in preventing violence. We will celebrate, educate and ruminate on the momentum the bystander movement is enjoying. We will discuss the challenges, obstacles, and the current social climate impacting the work of practitioners in this space while sharing ideas on what is next in the bystander conversation.

Whether you're new to bystander empowerment in the prevention of violence, or have been practicing in this space for months, years and anything in between, please join us for the inaugural MATE conference on 28-29 November 2018.

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about Queensland Review

LFC seminar

LFC & SSIT Public Lecture: Dr Samuli Haataja

This joint seminar considers the Russian interference in the US election in light of international law applicable to state activities in cyberspace. Specifically, it considers the principles of sovereignty, non-intervention, and non-use of force and it argues that existing law in this context needs to take the non-physical effects of cyber attacks more seriously.

The seminar by Dr Samuli Haataja is presented by Law Futures Centre (LFC) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Society on Societal Implications of Technology Australia (IEEE-SSIT).

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about the Applied Research in Crime and Misconduct Conference

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 Louise Denson
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