Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

Griffith University

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The Centre comprises academic researchers from a broad range of humanities and social science fields including history, sociology, media and journalism, literature, archaeology, and linguistics and languages. The Centre aims to deepen understanding of the challenges and issues confronting contemporary society, through the application of innovative humanities and social science research operating at the edge of current knowledge. This is pursued through research themes that bring together teams to examine issues such as global mobility and transnational cultures; crisis, conflict and security; heritage and wellbeing; the rise of citizens’ and social media; citizenship and democracy; diversity and social change; and First Nations’ communities and culture.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Interdisciplinary research across humanities and social sciences
  • Research expertise in media and new journalistic paradigms
  • Examining cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Examining crises, safety and disasters in social and political contexts
  • Research expertise in the role of cultural heritage on wellbeing

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Macrossan Building N16, Griffith University Nathan campus, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD 4111

Lead researcher

  • Professor Paul Tacon—Awarded a 2016 Australian Laureate Fellowship for research into Australian rock art history, conservation and Indigenous wellbeing

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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