There’s a broad spectrum of research conducted in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: exercise science, sport and physical activity, nutrition and dietetics and food science. The ability to conduct research that brings these areas together is part of what makes Deakin unique.

Study a research degree with us

Our master's and PhD students are attracted to our school for our facilities, world-renowned supervisors and extensive research possibilities.

Take a look at each of our research centres to see where your unique research could fit in.

We currently have research degree supervisors available in the disciplines of:

  • exercise and sports science
  • nutrition and dietetics
  • physical activity
  • food science
  • biomedicine
  • public health and health promotion.

If you'd like to study a master's or PhD at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, first read how to become a research student, then contact a supervisor directly.

Find out how to become a research degree student at Deakin

Find a supervisor

Our highly cited researchers

Deakin researchers are known on the world stage as innovative thinkers and prolific publishers. In 2015, Thomson Reuters listed four of our school's staff as 'highly cited researchers'. 

We are proud to congratulate Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford, Jo Salmon, Kylie Ball and Professor Anna Timperio.

Current research areas

All of our research is focused on finding solutions. As such, our findings are regularly used to guide new policies in nutrition and physical activity. We're currently researching: 

  • treatments to enhance quality of life for sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (diagnosed in childhood) and motor neurone disease 
  • how people in disadvantaged communities can access healthy foods and physical activity opportunities 
  • how emergency services workers can stay safe, and physically and mentally well, to be able to perform at their best
  • consumption of salt, sugar and fat, and their impacts on society
  • the coach and healthy community sport
  • measurement, analytics and prediction in sport.

Our research centres and groups

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

At IPAN we’re in the unique position of being able to combine research in nutrition and physical activity. 

Our institute, located on the Burwood Campus, is home to over 50 members of staff and 60 postgraduate students, all conducting research that works to significantly improve health in Australia.

Find out more about how IPAN works with the school

Centre for Advanced Sensory Science (CASS)

Research at CASS supports the growth of the Australian food industry – now and for the future. Current research topics include satiety (feeling of fullness), children as consumers and flavour analysis. 

Find out more about CASS

Centre for Sport Research (CSR)

CSR comprises researchers from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Deakin Business School. They come from a variety of disciplines within exercise and sport sciences, and sport management. 

At CSR our mission is to innovate and influence practice in sport, to enhance the health and performance of people and organisations across the sport participation spectrum. 

We aim to promote sport and exercise as a vehicle to create healthy communities. In doing so, we build governance and management capacity to support participation and involvement in sport.

Find out more about CSR

Dietetics Research

At Deakin, our dietetics teaching and research staff have a particularly diverse range of expertise. This diversity is reflected by our research, which includes clinical and biomolecular nutrition, nutrition in the frail elderly, dietary approaches to hypertension and educational research and practice. 

Find out more about Dietetics Research

3D GAIT lab

3D GAIT tracks movement as you walk or run. It can automatically identify movement that doesn't conform to the norm by comparing results against the world's largest database of 3D biomechanical walking and running data. 

It provides our students and researchers with world-first facilities to support their work, and it's also available to the public. 

Find out more about our research using 3D GAIT 

Find out more about the 3D GAIT facility

Web-based Nutrition Competency Implementation Toolkit (WNCIT)

WNCIT has been designed to train medical students in nutrition. If the nutritional issues of patients aren't managed properly, it can lead to increased time spent in hospital and longer recovery times. 

Illnesses such as malnutrition, obesity and type II diabetes could even be avoided if the risks are identified early enough. 

Find out more about WNCIT