University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) was awarded $200,000 in grant funding as part of the Queensland Government Youth Research Grants to help stimulate interest in research that reflects the needs and views of young Queenslanders.

Forty-three students have delivered 3 research projects across the following topics:

  • wellbeing and health
  • sustainable communities.

    Sustainable communities

    The Sentiment Log

    Young people in regional Southeast Queensland documented their experiences through a web-based sentiment log, giving them a voice as active citizens. Centenary Heights State High School students were supported by staff and UniSQ researchers to conceptualise their place in society and enhance their feeling of social inclusion. Toowoomba Regional Council Youth Leaders worked with staff and UniSQ researchers to engage with government and activate young people's involvement in policy and decision making.

    For more information, contact Andrew Hickey by emailing

    Young Peoples’ Futures

    The Young Peoples' Futures project data informed strategies to support regional young people's education, employment, and social aspirations. UniSQ Residential Colleges Leaders and population will map young people's futures pathways in southeast Queensland with support from UniSQ staff and researchers.

    For more information, contact Alarnah McKee by emailing

    Wellbeing and health

    The Elders Network

    Young people worked with local Elders to enhance cultural understanding and celebrate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories through an Elders Network. At Laidley State High, students and staff established a Yarning Circle, while Lockyer District State High students developed their own Acknowledgement of Country and protocols for engaging with the community. Oakey PCYC established a community support network for young people with the help of staff and UniSQ researchers.

    For more information, contact Danika Skye by emailing