Our Research Associates include a large panel of academic researchers with expertise in diverse areas of public policy, drawn from across several universities in Queensland and beyond. Many researchers also have significant experience inside the public service. 

These experts can offer an additional source of policy advice for those developing or commenting on public policy in Queensland. All members, their research fields, and their contact details, are listed below. 

NameProfessor Laurie Buys PhD
Organisation/CompanyUniversity of Queensland
Specialisations / Bio


  • Social gerontology
  • Consumer energy
  • Social sustainability

Professor Laurie Buys is an experienced social science researcher and research manager, who frequently collaborates with scientists from various disciplinary backgrounds on complex research initiatives.

Professor Buys' main research interests fall under the broad headings of social sustainability and social gerontology, focusing specifically on issues associated with community engagement, corporate social responsibility, sustainable buildings and active ageing.

Professor Buys holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia University, a MS in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Rehabilitation and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology as well as a former president of the Association. Professor Buys is the recipient of over $4.7 million in external research funding and the supervisor of more than 20 completed HDR students.

Phone07 3443 2551
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