Research is central to the mission of the Department

We are a research focused department with our exploration efforts informing teaching and learning practice in many disciplines. Our research team of psychologists, sociologists, industrial relations specialists, historians and lawyers are dedicated to offering new and existing research candidates with opportunities to explore their research ideas and guidance towards tangible outcomes.


The Department undertakes research and offers training opportunities in a broad range of areas including:

  • Gender
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Unions
  • Employee voice
  • Comparative employment relations
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • HR Strategy
  • International HR
  • Emotions at work
  • Leadership
  • Bullying
  • Teams

Many of our team members are researchers in Griffith Business School's Academic and Research Centres; Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing and the Griffith Institute for Tourism.

Better organisational behaviour

The effective behaviour of people and systems is the main interest of this program. The themes within this program are:

  • Leadership
  • Individual and team behaviour
  • Use of emotions in the workplace
  • The prevention of anti social behaviours at work

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Institutions and regulations

This program examines how changing employment and related legislation and workplace institutions (including unions) and the workplace meet the needs of the labour force (women, men, low paid, skilled, ageing, immigrant etc) and the operation of the workplace.

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Members of the Department have recently published in leading international journals including the Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Journal Of Management Studies, Human Relations, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Additionally, members of the Department have published their research in the form of books, chapters and monographs which are important in the field. Employment Relations and Human Resources staff have also produced policy oriented work for the state government, unions and employers organisations.

Become a researcher

A research degree gives you the freedom to follow your interests, explore new ideas and create new knowledge. If you are passionate about a particular topic, a research degree could help you become an expert in your chosen field and make a difference in the world.

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Current and past student research projects

HDR Candidate: Lorraine Tulele

Lorraine Tulele, an HDR candidate in ERHR, explains her research into indigenous employment and the relationship and dynamics that impact employer attitudes to indigenous skill acquisition.

HDR Candidate: Yunong 'CJ' Wang

Yunong 'CJ' Wang, who is an HDR candidate in ERHR, explains his research into the process of interpersonal compassion and the behaviour of front-line managers when faced with employee suffering in the workplace.

PhD graduate: Dr Paula Mowbray

Dr Paula Mowbray is a recent PhD graduate from ERHR and now a Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr Mowbray describes her journey from PhD candidate to postdoctoral fellow, the type of work involved, and the benefits both in and out of academia.