Higher Research Degree Training

What we do

Professor Thea Blackler and Dr Rafael Gomez in deep discussion at a Design Lab event, 2018.

The QUT Design Lab is comprised of an internationally recognised team of research staff and students who employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research to tackle major societal challenges guided by three value-led research programs: Communities & Resilient Futures, Health & Wellbeing and Technologies of Tomorrow

The Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations, with a particular interest in transfering knowledge and technology into practical applications for industry and society.  Our approach to research removes disciplinary silos and brings together all higher degree research students in the School of Design under the QUT Design Lab. This enables the lab to recruit research students into strategic research programs and establish groups of research students working closely with academic staff.

Dr Jared Donovan facilitates the Designing for the Future of Robotics workshop

We provide an ideal environment for a dynamic, vibrant and intellectually stimulating research culture to flourish with research staff, post-docs, and higher degree research students working together on related topics with strong mentorship and peer support. All Lab members are encouraged and supported to publish their research in high-quality publications.


Benefits that our research students can access, include:

  • Regular research events, public lectures, and master classes;
  • Reading, writing, ideation, and peer support workshops;
  • Discretionary funds to support travel and research expenses;
  • Residencies and placements with the Lab’s industry organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally, and;
  • Social events.

The QUT Design Lab offers three research degrees:

We are always looking for talented individuals who would like to join our team and conduct higher degree research. You are welcome to propose your own topic and discuss it with us, or consider aligning yourself with one of our research programs. Explore your options below:

The Higher Research Degree Experience

The Design Lab continues to produce world-class higher degree research graduates. Some recent success stories include:


Questions relating to admissions and scholarship applications should be directed to Creative Industries Faculty via ci.hdr@qut.edu.au or by phoning +67 3138 8951.

Questions relating to Design Lab research opportunities, or for support in finding the right supervisor please contact Associate Professor Debra Cushing, our Higher Research Degree Training Coordinator.

  • Assoc Prof Debra Cushing

    Dr. Cushing’s research combines her interest in healthy and supportive environments for children and youth with her understanding of effective community participation, creating sustainable and vibrant environments, and theory related to environmental psychology and placemaking. Her current research areas include: children and youth participation in community design and planning to...

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