Welcome to the Griffith Institute for Educational Research. Our institute has one of the largest concentrations of university-based education researchers in the country. We comprise a vibrant community of researchers and research candidates and our applied research which we undertake with industry partners, education systems, schools, community and not-for-profit organisations is readily translated into practice. We invite your collaboration in discovering how new knowledge about learning can address important issues facing Queensland, Australia and the world.

In seeking to create new knowledge for learning, our institute has identified key research foci that include, but are not limited to, leadership, living with autism, and professional and practice-based learning. These research and development projects are led by esteemed senior researchers who are theoretically strong, and practically astute. Our involvement with education in a range of contexts, including schools and workplaces, is broad and often addresses issues that are prevalent in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and multidisciplinary workplaces.

I encourage you to explore our website further to read more about our researchers and research, and the projects they are undertaking to improve the world we live in through developing education. Come and join us.

Advisory Board

Board member



Professor Sue Willis (Chair)

Pro Vice Chancellor (Social Inclusiveness)

Monash University

Ms Anne Hampshire

Head of Research and Advocacy

The Smith Family

Professor Stephen Kemmis

Adjunct Professor

Charles Sturt University

Dr Bill Sultmann

Director Province Mission Oceania Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers

Christian Brothers Oceania Province Centre

Dr Stephen Brown


The Brown Collective

Mr Robert Barton


Indigenous Supply Chain Connections

Dr Ben Williams

Early Career Academic & Researcher

Griffith University


Dr Mia O'Brien

Mid Career Academic & Researcher

Griffith University


Professor Peter Grootenboer

GIER Director

Griffith University GIER

Professor Leonie Rowan

GIER Deputy Director

Griffith University GIER


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Our affiliations extend to other sections of Griffith University and beyond. Our collaborative projects deliver mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with federal and state governments, plus other industry bodies. Connect with us if you would like to know more about partnering with us on a particular project, or accessing any of our research-related services.

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