Professor Royston Gustavson

BA Hons (Qld), MBA, PhD (Melb), FAICD, FIML, SFHEA
Dean (Academic Quality), ANU; and Professor, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
T: +61 2 6125 4873

Areas of expertise

  • Cultural Studies 2002

Research interests

The History of the Book including:

  • 16th century music printing and publishing in the German-speaking area
  • Printing and publishing in 16th-century Nuremberg
  • The book in sixteenth-century Iceland
  • The Bibliotheca aulica Salisburgensis
  • Nineteenth-century Australian music printing


Royston Gustavson joined ANU in 2003. A passionate educator, in 2009 he received the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, from 2010-2011 was Associate Dean (Education) of the ANU College of Business and Economics, and from 2010-2012 served on ANU’s 15-person governing body, the ANU Council.  Since January 2012 he has been Associate Dean (Education) in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, with academic oversight of the College’s degree programs and courses, concurrently serving from 2017 as Deputy Dean of the College. From January 2019 to April 2021 he was Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) and, following an executive restructure, was appointed the university's inaugural Dean (Academic Quality) from 6 April 2021.

He chaired a number of reviews and working parties including the first formal review of the ANU Bachelor of Arts, the outcome of which focused the program on theory and method and the development of research skills; the ANU Honours Working Party, which put in place significant minimum standards for research-training in the honours year; the Academic Board Working Party on Academic Integrity; and the Graduate Coursework Working Party.

His service to government includes appointment since 2015 by the Minister to the board of a statutory authority, the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies, of which he was founding co-chair of the Board's Innovation Committee, and he is a former member of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s Register of Experts.

From 2015 to 2017 he convened the learning and teaching network of the Australasian Council of Deans of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; from 2014-2017 was deputy chair of the ANU Educational Standards and Quality Committee; from 2018 is founding deputy chair of the ANU Teaching and Learning Development Committee (a sub-committee of Academic Board); and from 2019 is Chair of the Academic Quality Assurance Committee (a sub-committee of Academic Board).

Royston is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK); and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand, and Bruce Hall at ANU.

Royston's ORDID ID is: 0000-0001-7237-0252. He has a commitment to publishing Open Access.

Researcher's projects

My current research projects are (i) book-length studies on each of the following sixteenth-century printer/publishers and the reception of their publications: Hieronymus Formschneider; Christian Egenolff; Montanus & Neuber/Gerlach/Kauffmann; and (ii) a study of sixteenth-century publishers' and library catalogues and what they tell us about the music book trade and about lost music books; and (iii) a continuation of my project on the Bibliotheca aulica Salisburgensis.

My current research projects are: (i) a book on the printer Hieronymus Formschneider; (ii) the works of Heinrich Isaac published under Hans Ott's printing privilege of 1534, and (iii) a study of music publishing in sixteenth-century Germany.

Available student projects

I am not taking on any new research students.


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