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Our research priorities

Curtin’s research in the humanities is prioritised into 12 research themes. By concentrating our expertise and facilities in this way, we can accelerate our ability to influence change in these fields. Each theme offers research opportunities for prospective graduate students, and research and development prospects for industry and government.


Research themes

Built Environment
Creative Arts
Digital Humanities
Heritage and History
Information and Knowledge Management
International Relations and Security Studies
Language, Communication and Culture
Media, Cultural Industries and Creative Economy
Social Justice
Sustainable Development

Curtin’s researchers work in architecture, design, urban and regional planning, geography, construction management and public policy. In the Faculty of Humanities, you can be part of research projects that will have a real impact, such as developing sustainable built environments – the planning, design, and construction of cities, transport systems, energy systems, and built infrastructure – and sustainable human environments.

Ideas and innovation affect change. Internationally, billions of people and millions of enterprises are contributing to the growth of knowledge, and, in support, the faculty is actively engaged in researching new theories and applications for knowledge innovation across its diverse areas of expertise. Research spans areas such as learning environments, interactive media, cultural science, animation and games design, and art and visual learning.

Research is vital to solving the global problems that deny human rights, perpetuate poverty and maintain inequalities of gender, sexuality, political affiliation, race, ethnicity and belief. Social justice research at Curtin is focused on sustainable development, refugees and asylum seekers, Indigenous studies, disability studies and LGBTI studies. This research can be studied through multiple frameworks: cultural studies, education, human geography, architecture, design and planning, history, media, creative writing and creative arts, social and policy studies, and human rights.