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Dr Royston Gustavson

Deputy Dean & Associate Dean (Education), ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; and Associate Professor, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 4307

Areas of expertise

  • Business Ethics 220102
  • Cultural Studies 2002

Research interests

  • Commerce and the Arts
  • Sixteenth-century German printing and publishing
  • The book in sixteenth-century Iceland
  • University Educational Standards and Quality


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.

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 which have been incorporated into the university's PhD admission requirements and requirements for Master (Advanced) degrees; and is currently chairing 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; and membership of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s Register of Experts.

In 2015, he was elected to the convenorship of the learning and teaching network of the Australasian Council of Deans of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2014-2017 is deputy chair of the ANU Educational Standards and Quality Committee; and from 2018 is deputy chair of the ANU Teaching and Learning Development Committee (a sub-committee of Academic Board, of which he is also a member).

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

My ORDID ID is: 0000-0001-7237-0252

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; (ii) a study of sixteenth-century publishers' and library catalogues and what they tell us about the book trade and about lost 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

Please note that I am not taking on any new research students.


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