We are dedicated to providing students with outstanding research opportunities and collaborations. UQ has collaborative partnerships with government and non-government organisations across Australia as well as international institutions.

Our School Research Centres and Units provide students with cutting edge environments that promote research excellence, innovation, public debate and advocacy on key contemporary policy issues. Please find more information about our Research Centres and Units below.

Research Practice Development Centre (RPDC)

The University of Queensland and Blue Care have forged a formal academic link and developed The University of Queensland/Blue Care Research Practice Development Centre (RPDC). This is a significant collaborative initiative that strengthens academic/industry partnerships and provides mutual benefit to both organisations.


UKIP™ is a training and professional development model that assists human services practitioners to make better use of research-based knowledge to inform their practice. Find out more about our UKIP™ programs.

Social Policy Unit

The Social Policy Unit aims to:

  • promote, both internally in the University and externally in the community, the existence of a group of scholars with expertise in social policy research, teaching and consultancy
  • develop the social policy discipline and its visibility at UQ and in Australia
  • develop partnerships with external bodies to promote public debate and advocacy on key contemporary social policy issues.

Find out more about the Social Policy Unit.

Community Development Unit

The Community Development Unit consists of members from within the School of Social Work and Human Services and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. The Unit aims to develop and promote innovation in the field of Community Development through teaching, research, consultancy and ongoing cooperation with community development practitioners.

Find out more about the Community Development Unit.