About the Centre

Through robust, rigorous and timely research and sustained policy engagement, the Centre for Policy Futures aims to enhance the University's position as a key source of ideas and insights on the policy priorities that matter to Australia and the Pacific region.

In addition to its research program, the Centre provides policy engagement and studies, as well as executive education involving academics across UQ and beyond. This approach enables the Centre to be flexible and responsive to policy matters as they arise.

Research program

The Centre's researchers, affiliated senior associates and visiting fellows pursue a vibrant research program focused on independent and peer-reviewed research, as well as commissioned reports, discussion papers, and policy briefs. Working closely with governments, international organisations, and key stakeholders, the Centre specialises in three policy areas:

  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Capacity- Building

  • Trade, Foreign & Security Policy

Policy Engagement

A regular Policy Brief Series, invitation-only Policy Roundtables, and public events, will see the Centre's researchers improve understanding of, and accelerate action on, the complex policy challenges facing society. The Centre also supports fellowships for policy practitioners to embed themselves in the Centre for a period of three months to work on a project of mutual interest for their home department and the Centre.

Policy studies

In addition to research and engagement activities, the Centre works to expand UQ’s expertise and research capacity in policy studies to encourage a pipeline of students at the University with the skills and 'know-how' to translate research into policy. As such the Centre contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework program design to ensure public policy is prominent in curricula.

The Centre offers a range of opportunities for UQ’s Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree Research students to maximise the relevance of their research and encourage a culture of ‘policy entrepreneurs’. For example, internships with the Centre and government departments will be offered, as well as an annual retreat on research impact, and mentoring opportunities with the Centre’s research staff and affiliates.

Read more in the Centre's latest Annual Report.