Cutting-edge humanities and social science research with a global focus

The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers, committed to creating new research that deepens our understanding of the challenges and issues confronting contemporary society. We have built strong relationships with government institutions, non-governmental organisations and industry partners to help us continue our vital research.


Professor Susan Forde

Susan Forde is Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Her work focuses on community and alternative media and she is interested in connections between protest, social movements and media.

Academic profile

Deputy Director

Professor Sue Trevaskes

Sue Trevaskes is Deputy Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Sue is undertaking research on Chinese criminal justice, governance and law.  She is undertaking globally leading international research on the Chinese criminal justice system.

Centre governance and staffing

Mrs Kimberley Podger

Centre Administrator/Events

Centre advisory board

The centre’s advisory board comprises senior researchers from leading research institutes in the humanities and social sciences and leaders from cultural institutions, offering enhanced research collaboration opportunities.

Members are:

  • Ms Rebekah Butler - Museum and Gallery Services Queensland
  • Mr Peter Denham - Director, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Sydney
  • Ms Louise Denoon - Director, Regional Access and Public Libraries, State Library of Queensland
  • Ms Criena Gehrke, Executive Coordinator Arts and Culture, City of Gold Coast
  • Mr Peter Greste - Australian Broadcasting Corporation, foreign correspondent and senior journalist
  • Professor Tim Rowse - Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney
  • Ms Fiona Stager - Avid Reader Bookshops
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner - Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland
  • Professor Johanna Wyn - Director, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Research degrees

Interested in studying a PhD with the Centre for Cultural and Social Research?

Our research

New research which investigates and confronts contemporary social and cultural challenges.

Harry Gentle Resource Centre

Investigating the people and places of Australia in the years leading up to 1850.

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