In early 2017
Griffith University initiated a project to gather career destination and pathway information from our doctoral and research masters (HDR) graduates, of which there have been ~4,000 since the late 1970s.
The HDR Reconnect project was created in response to the ACOLA Review recommendations. One of the key findings and recommendations was that longitudinal data on Australian doctoral and research masters graduate outcomes and career pathways need to be collected. The review recognised that to get the most out of research training, and to make an informed choice about whether and where to undertake research training, prospective candidates need access to a range of information including potential career outcomes.
Griffith is the first university in Australia to complete a project of this kind.
We set out to:
- Inform prospective and current doctoral and research masters candidates of potential employment and career pathways.
- Review our research training to ensure a quality experience is provided for all candidates.
- Reconnect with our PhD, doctoral and research masters graduates.
Results were gathered in 2017 and 2018 from 1,416 PhD, doctoral and research masters graduates—and outcomes are presented below. We hope you enjoy exploring our interactive project findings.
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Dr Denise Powell
EdD in Teacher Education
Griffith Doctor of Education (EdD) alumnus Dr Denise Powell wants to revolutionise deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) education in New Zealand.
No stranger to conflict
Dr Jeff Thompson
From managing terrorist incidents to hostage negotiations to crisis counselling – Dr Jeff Thompson backs his boots on the ground experience with data and science to save lives.
Scoring a new life
Dr Hung Huynh Quang
PhD in Sport Recreation
A life-long passion for soccer led Dr Hung Huynh Quang to quit his engineering career, move countries and enrol in a PhD at Griffith University.
The lure of discovery
Professor Norbert Lenz
PhD in Environmental Science
Almost thirty years ago, Professor Norbert Lenz was crawling through the scrub on the edge of Australia’s Lamington National Park. Now, he spends his days uncovering the origins of the world in one of Germany’s oldest natural history museums.
Follow the research
Dr Koichi Ito
PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Dr Koichi Ito never imagined his thirst for a research career in cancer immunology would lead him to Griffith and a new life.
Dr Rachelle Willis
PhD in Environmental Engineering
On the world’s driest continent, the sustainability of Australia’s water resources has never been more crucial.
Professor Qiyong Liu
Top scientist and public health specialist who has dedicated 30 years to combating health threats in
poor and vulnerable communities.
Dr Ben Norton
Photonics and nanoscience
Griffith photonics and nanoscience graduate Dr Ben Norton photographed the shadow of a single atom, a breakthrough that is helping leading scientists around the world build quantum computers.
Energy Policy Entrepreneur
Dr David Crossley
A 40-year career dedicated to sustainable energy policy and programs started when a young man took his interest in environmental sciences to Griffith, joining the University’s first PhD cohort.
Dr Fen Guo
Dr Fen Guo is interested in understanding how changes in land use and water quality influence the availability of high-quality sources of food for freshwater animals.
Dr Vanessa Lee
In 2016, Vanessa Lee graduated from the Griffith University School of Medicine as its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health PhD graduate.