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 Coastal and Marine Research Centre, (formerly known as 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.


Important: Griffith University Post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021 - EOI's Now open

The Cities Research Institute invites initial expressions of interest from ambitious and high achieving early career researchers wishing to apply to the Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (GUPF) via the Institute.

This year the CRI will only consider expressions of interest from qualified researchers wishing to undertake research on population, land use and urban modelling.  

You must also be willing and able to apply your research to the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, although we welcome proposals to carry out comparative research with other places within or beyond Australia.  Our intention is to work closely with colleagues at the City of Gold Coast in building our research capacity in this field and applying it to the planning and growth management challenges facing the city.

Applicants should be early career researchers who were awarded their doctorate on or after 23 August 2018 or have submitted their thesis for examination by 23 August 2021. Written evidence of award or submission will be required.

You must consult the full Griffith University Guidelines for this scheme, available here:

GUPF guidelines and note these FAQs

Applicants submitting an initial EOI must have:

  • excellent command of the techniques and principles of population forecasting and land use and urban modelling;
  • a good understandings of key debates and issues in Australian land use and planning policy, including growth management;
  • a strong track record of publication in relevant journals and other outlets;
  • experience of working with development industry bodies and government (local and State) agencies;
  • ability to secure external research income;
  • experience of international collaboration in research is desirable.

The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate their potential to secure externally funded research grants in the near future, such as an Advance Queensland Research Fellowship or an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award.

Your initial expression of interest MUST be made on this form.

and submitted by email to: internalgrants@griffith.edu.au

They must be received at this address no later than 11.59 AEST on 24 June 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.

If you wish to explore whether your research plans fit within the scope of this scheme, you may email the Director of the Cities Research Institute, Professor Paul Burton: p.burton@griffith.edu.au

**Please submit your completed EOI form in the first instance to p.burton@griffith.edu.au before cob on Friday 18 June.**


DIRECTOR'S WELCOME

´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

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