We are Australia’s largest research facility focused on all aspects of cities and urbanisation

We conduct quality research in collaboration with government, industry and community that aims to address the complex issues cities face throughout Australasia. In short, we do research that helps make cities better places.

Incorporating the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, our expertise spans a range of academic disciplines, bringing to bear a strong multidisciplinary research capacity ready to understand and meet urban challenges.


´Welcome to the Cities Research Institute website.  We came into existence in November 2016 with a mission to harness the tremendous talent and expertise of researchers at Griffith University who share a passion for helping to make our cities better places.

We know that contemporary cities are increasingly complex and connected places and that what makes them great and what presents them with challenges are also complex and interconnected. And so to address these challenges and uncover the foundations of greatness, we need to bring different disciplinary perspectives to bear.

Within the Institute we can draw on the expertise of architects, civil and coastal engineers, land use and transport planners, urban designers, systems analysts, economists and lawyers and public health specialists.

We are also committed to supporting these experts in working together in multi-disciplinary teams.

If you would like to work with us in identifying new research challenges and opportunities, joining new research teams and translating the results of research into practical outcomes, then please contact me or any of our research leaders listed on this site.  We already collaborate with governments, industry and community organisations at all levels both in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region and we are always willing to explore new collaborative opportunities.´

Professor Paul Burton - Director, Cities Research Institute

Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

The University may shortly be opening applications for the Griffith University Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme (see Internal grants). There still remain uncertainties as to what form the scheme might take and its timings. Despite the current uncertainty, the Cities Research Institute wishes to select a preferred candidate in advance to position ourselves should the scheme soon open for applications.

This year we are only accepting expressions of interest from individuals seeking to pursue a research program in the field of urban transport planning, to help further the ambitions of the Institute's high-performing transport research group. Our transport team is currently ranked in the top-150 in the world in the latest Shanghai Rankings.

Applicants must be early career researchers who preferably obtained their doctorate no later than 2018.

Applicants should have:

  • excellent command of geospatial analysis and transportation datasets; 
  • understandings of key debates and issues in transport policy and planning;
  • a strong publication track record in transport research including in top-tier journals; 
  • demonstrated evidence of industry engagement (government and private sector);
  • proven ability to secure research income; 
  • evidence of international collaborations; 
  • evidence of HDR student recruitment and supervision; and, 
  • be strong candidates for externally-funded research grants in the near future, such as the Advance Queensland Research Fellowships and the ARC Discovery - Early Career Research Awards.
Experience and engagement with Queensland industry partners (including key local and state government transport agencies) and Queensland transport datasets, is highly desirable.
Expressions of interest involving a cover letter of a maximum of two pages that responds to the above requirements, along with an academic CV including education, work history, publication, grants, contract research, industry engagement, and, PhD and higher-degree supervision, should be sent to Diane McDonald at  citiesresinstitute@griffith.edu.au by 5pm, Friday 19th June 2020.

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