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The School of Government and International Relations is one of the top premier Schools for political Science in Australia. Griffith is only one of four Australian universities to have enjoyed sustained ERA 5 success for Political Science (with the Australian National University, the University of Queensland, and the University of Sydney). Our School is dedicated to a combination of research excellence, inter-disciplinary research and community engagement. For example, Griffith Political Science is at the cutting edge of research in some of the key global political challenges of the twenty-first century including authoritarian regimes, climate change, election reform, gender politics, health security, human rights, transparency and accountability, Indigenous empowerment, Indo-Pacific international relations, and the rise of Asian multilateralism.

Our research excellence is what underpins our high-quality teaching and learning environment for our undergraduate and postgraduate programs.  The School provides an outstanding student learning experience for students, whether they be Government and International Relations students, or students in other programs undertaking studies in our disciplinary areas. Our success is demonstrated by our academic teaching staff who have consistently excelled in measures of teaching quality and student satisfaction, placing the School among the top performing teaching units at Griffith University, and exceeding the national averages for comparable programs.

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Gender and COVID-19

In February 2020, a small group of academics from public health, international relations, public policy, and development economics saw the need to better understand and address the gendered effects of COVID-19 and government responses to the outbreak.

Professor Sara Davies and Associate Professor Huiyun Feng were part of the team that were success in obtaining funding by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to study the gendered effects of COVID-19 in Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong through a rapid multi-method gender analysis of pandemic preparedness and response mechanisms.

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Collaboration with Indigenous partners

On 21 July 2020 the Ely Bauxite Mine Beneficiaries Trust signed a Research Agreement with Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh to formalise collaboration on a research project designed to find more effective ways of implementing agreements between Aboriginal peoples and mining companies.

The research will be funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and in addition to the Ely Trust and Griffith University will include Laval University in Quebec, the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation, the Bendigo-based Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and Conseil de la Nation Innu de Matimekush-Lac John, a First Nation located in northern Quebec.


Enhancing public servant skills for 15+ years

Launched in 2007, the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis was developed with senior executives within the Queensland public sector to enhance the policy capacity and capabilities of the public service. This program equips professionals who work with policy or in policy roles at all levels of government with the skills needed to respond to the complex challenges and rapidly evolving demands of policy analysis, design and implementation. The current GCPA team include Dr Ellie Martus (Program Director) and Dr Cosmo Howard.

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Where can a career in business and government take you?

Hear from leading academics and students about where a career in business and government can take you. Find out about the international reputation of Griffith's School of Government and International Relations, as well as employability outcomes and the Government and International Relations courses you can study at Griffith.


The policy competition is an initiative proposed by the Griffith University School of Government and International Relations where students interested in public policy get to research and write a policy brief on a topic of their choice.

Students will not only get the chance to develop important and transferable skills, they will also get their voices heard by solving real-life policy issues and presenting their tangible solutions to policymakers.

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Our Research

Staff of the School of Government and International Relations excel in the discipline of Political Science.

Our expertise encompasses many sub-disciplines within the field including International Relations, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy.

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HDR Research

Our School has a strong reputation for developing emerging scholars and professionals. As a higher degree by research student, you will become part of a community, participating in the activities of the cohort and key Griffith research centres and hubs.

Our HDR candidates, are nurtured throughout their degree, and are ready to follow an academic or professional career upon graduation.

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Engagement and Partnerships

We work with government, industry and community to find policy-relevant solutions to problems in the political science arena. Our staff contribute to research within the Centre for Governance and Public PolicyGriffith Asia Institute, the Policy Innovation Hub and the ANZSOG, and we're proud to support our higher degree by research students.

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Student Opportunities

Griffith Business School offers many opportunities for students to get involved with our community, build professional and social networks, and enhance business skills.

We also offer a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards to assist with the costs of course fees, textbooks, accommodation and living expenses.

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The Gender Card - Inclusive education

Julie Ballangarry (with fellow Griffith University researcher Nina Ginsberg) recorded The Gender Card podcast to celebrate International Women's Day 2021. Julie shares her thoughts and insights on Inclusive education: What is it and how can we help women around the world break down the barriers to full inclusion in school.

This episode of The Gender Card podcast talks to Julie and Nina who are doing groundbreaking research into the way we think about education and education policy. Julie's research explores why Indigenous education policies are continually failing by investigating the current approaches to policy-making in this arena. Nina explores how bicycles can enable or constrain rural African girls' access to secondary school. She manages a popular blog called 'Bicycles Create Change’. Nina is finding through her fieldwork that sometimes the most simple out of school solutions like bikes as transportation are key to overcoming gender discrimination and improving access to essential services.

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Professional accreditation

Griffith Business School is an accredited member of AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognised form of professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

Committed to sustainable enterprise

The School is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education and the UN Global Compact. This engagement demonstrates the School's strong commitment to sustainable enterprise development and corporate responsibility.

Remarkable alumni

At 25, Shayne Sutton was the youngest woman ever elected to Brisbane City Council. Before joining Council she was an adviser with the Queensland Government, and also worked for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Shayne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Public Administration) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Griffith University.

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