Research for a sustainable future

Enabling a sustainable world through research solutions

We place sustainability at the centre of our research, creating positive change for local and global communities, and working hard to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.


Top 1% of universities for global impact


100% Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)


400 research scholarships


Connected research community across 50+ countries


World leader in environmental sciences research


Top 1% worldwide for engineering and technology


Solving sustainability challenges through research

We’re committed to discovering solutions to our biggest environmental issues. Our world-leading researchers are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable ecosystems from disease, rapid development and climate change. We want to advance a circular economy, develop innovative resource management technologies, and support the transition to renewable energy solutions. Whether out in the field or harnessing state-of-the-art equipment in our labs, our researchers are contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Leading research institutes and centres

Deakin’s world-renowned research institutes and centres translate high-quality research into powerful solutions, policies and capabilities. We aim to create positive and lasting impact for a better future.

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

The Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) collaborate with industry, government, community and not-for-profit sectors to deliver innovative research solutions to regional and rural communities. The team also contribute to the design of smarter technologies to enhance regional and rural productivity.

Institute of Frontier Materials

Institute of Frontier Materials

The Institute of Frontier Materials (IFM) research materials to transform our world. The team create and translate knowledge to globally raise standards of living by redesigning materials for a circular economy and imparting materials that provide us with extraordinary functionality.

Let's keep Earth wonderful

At Deakin, we’re committed to building a sustainable, wonderful world through innovative research. Our aim is to become carbon neutral by 2025.

How our faculty research contributes to a sustainable world

Deakin’s four faculties support our sustainability commitments through teaching and research. Our researchers work together to unlock new angles, solutions and ways of thinking.

Faculty of Health

The Faculty of Health research is guided by a strong commitment to reduce inequalities in health. Our aim is to improve health and social outcomes, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups in society.

Faculty of Arts and Education

The Faculty of Arts and Education research aims to support and encourage communities to be resilient, vibrant and inclusive as we thrive and grow together. We are at the forefront of teaching, learning, creating and social development.

Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law engages in research that informs real-world issues within government, business and community organisations. Our research centres invest in projects designed to make a difference.

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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment conducts and supports research that commits to an environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and economically viable future.

Contact us

Get in touch with us to find out more about Deakin's sustainability commitments.

Email the sustainability team