Professor Royston Gustavson

BA Hons (Qld), MBA, PhD (Melb), FAICD, FIML, SFHEA
Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education); and Professor, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
T: +61 2 6125 4873

Areas of expertise

  • Business Ethics 220102
  • 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

Business ethics


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 for a year in 2015/16 as Interim Head of the School of Music and from 2017 as Deputy Dean of the College. Since January 2019 has has been seconded to ANU Chancelry as Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education).

He chaired 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; chaired the ANU Honours Working Party, which put in place significant minimum standards for research-training in the honours year; and chaired the Academic Board Working Party on Academic Integrity.

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

From 2015 to 2017, he was convenor of 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 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; (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 project on the printed book in Iceland in the sixteenth century.

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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