In July 2011, Griffith University was ranked overall in the top 300 universities in the prestigious QS World University Rankings, an annual global league table of the top 600 universities. It ranked among the top eight Australian universities for social sciences research. In 2013, the University appears in the top 500 in all major rankings of the world's universities and is performing consistently as one of the top ten Australian universities in publication outputs and is just outside the top ten in research income.
Griffith University's research plan 2013-2017 has four objectives:
1. Consolidate world-class research strength
2. Demonstrate research of international standing in all our discipline areas as recognised by ERA and other international ranking metrics
3. Maintain a culture of research quality and performance that is well supported by infrastructure (physical and electronic) and resources (financial and human)
4. Maintain our core commitments as a university to innovation, bringing disciplines together, and undertaking socially relevant research which provides demonstrable community benefit.
The role of the College is to support social science researchers across the University. While our primary support is for staff and students in our constituent centres and institutes, we provide support for staff and students from all academic elements.
The College works to support our member Research Centres and Institutes in achieving these objectives by:
- Building capacity to undertake high quality research
- Engendering an improved and engaged research culture and performance, particularly around common research interests and approaches
- Promoting the University's profile in social and behavioural sciences and the humanities to improve partnerships, funding and to attract new researchers.
Research Centre and Institute research programs
Our member Research Centres and Institutes include:
- Centre for Governance and Public Policy
- Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
- Environmental Futures Research Institute (EFRI)
- Griffith Asia Institute
- Griffith Centre for Creative Arts (GCCAR)
- Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
- Griffith Criminology Institute
- Menzies Health Institute Queensland
- Griffith Institute for Educational Research
- Griffith Institute for Tourism
- Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law
- Law Futures Centre
- Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC)
- Cities Research Institute