About the Centre

The Centre for Policy Futures was established in August 2017 to provide a forum for The University of Queensland's (UQ) researchers to inform policy debate and shape public policy by connecting academic research with policy and program development.

Through robust, rigorous and timely research and sustained policy engagement, the Centre 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 Asia-Pacific region.


The Centre's researchers, affiliated senior associates and visiting fellows will 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


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 will also support 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.


In addition to research and engagement activities, the Centre will 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 will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework program design to ensure public policy is prominent in curricula.

The Centre will also offer 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.


Working in collaboration with UQ’s internationally-acclaimed Business School and harnessing UQ’s expertise, the Centre will deliver bespoke executive education for government, business, and third-sector organisations on the big issues, ideas and trends that are influencing public policy priorities, industry practice, and societal expectations.