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)
  • Law
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing
  • Archaeology
  • Historical studies
  • Studies in Human Societies
World standard
( ERA 3)
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • History and Archaeology
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Language, Communication and Culture
  • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • Education Systems

Upcoming events

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The International Conference of Experience Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (XD2019GoldCoast) will be hosted by the Griffith Centre for Design and Innovation Research (CDAIR) at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus 14-16 August 2019.

The three-day conference brings together an international community of scholars and practitioners around the 2019 theme of “Exploring and Enhancing Experience” in relation to design, innovation and entrepreneurship in a wide range of industries and segments.

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about Createworld 2017

LFC seminar

2019 Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture

The Law Futures Centre presents the 2019 Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 28 August 2019.

The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2004 to honour the contribution of the late Professor Michael Whincop made to the development of legal scholarship. The lecture series aims to celebrate Michael's commitment to research excellence and innovation at Griffith University.

Details of the speaker will be updated when they are confirmed.

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about the Applied Research in Crime and Misconduct Conference

QCRC Activate

Activate: Re-Sounding Research Festival

Activate: Re-Sounding Research Festival hosted by the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC), delivers three-days of free live performances, interactive music-making sessions, workshops and discussions exploring the latest developments in music research.

Festival experiences include:

  • music-making sessions led by renowned guest artists, faculty, and research students
  • lively Pecha-Kucha (storytelling) presentations - from exploring site-specific work through The Piano Mill, to building public sound sculptures and reimagining early Opera through a South Indian lens
  • concerts featuring new musical possibilities
  • workshops on the future of music research and pressing social issues relating to gender and diversity, climate justice and activism, and future technologies and artificial intelligence.

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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 Laini Burton
Griffith Film School, Dr Peter Hegedus
Queensland Conservatorium, Dr Louise Denson
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dr Danielle Reynald
Education and Professional Studies, Assoc Prof Sarojni Choy
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

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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