Communication at UQ has research strengths in communication and social change; political communication; intercultural communication; and communication research methods (including computational methods for communication research).

Communication for social change (CSC) aims to use communication processes and media to facilitate social, economic and technological development. CSC believes communication is not simply about transferring information and sending messages, but rather about listening, responding to, and helping people give direction to their own change, and supporting enabling environments for this change to take place. This field is supported by the Centre for Communication and Social Change.

Political Communication focusses on how communication impacts upon political processes.  This involves analyzing the interrelationships between politicians & their staffers, journalists, the media, and citizens.  Political communication is also concerned with media policy.

Intercultural communication looks at how in an era of globalization “strangers” from different parts of the globe come into contact. This creates both opportunities for new understandings and possibilities for misunderstanding. Intercultural research examines various issues in relation to communication and culture, including stereotyping, identity, acculturation, intercultural relations, and media representations of groups.