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

GIER feautre event

Twilight Lecture Series

Join the Griffith Institute for Educational Research on Wednesday 29 August 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm for a discussion presented by Associate Professor Jeanne Allen and Dr Glenda McGregor. The evidence-based Student Engagement Continuum (SEC) Model and the Student Engagement and Teacher Reflection App (SETRA) (an online professional learning tool based on the SEC Model) will be discussed.

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about Researcher Education and Development – 2017 Calendar

GCI feature event

Socio-Legal Methods Masterclass

The Griffith Criminology Institute and the Researcher Education Development Team present a day-long research intensive for PhD and early career researchers in criminology, law, public policy, governance or international relations. Researchers will have opportunities to discuss and develop their own research with internationally renowned comparative scholar, Professor Susanne Karstedt. Please submit your expression of interest for the masterclass and include your name, school, title of your current project and a brief paragraph of your methodology and areas of interest.

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about Queensland Review

LFC seminar

Organisational Vicarious Liablity

Join the Law Futures Centre at Supreme Court Library Conference Room Thursday 23 August for a public talk by Professor Christian Witting, Professor of Private Law at Queen Mary University of London and Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. Professor Witting will discuss his paper 'Organisational Vicarious Liability' which argues that the rules of vicarious liability are practical rules designed to achieve ordinary tort goals of compensation and deterrence, but that they have evolved differently according to the type of defendant in question.

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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