Study with us

Want to be part of a team that’s bridging the gap between regional business, government and researchers? At the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) we’re designing smart technologies to solve regional and rural productivity challenges.

Choose to study with us and you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with our diverse network of industry and academic partners.

Our current research opportunities

Right now, we're engineering solutions for food security, smart agriculture and sustainable industrial biotechnology. We’re also researching how to significantly increase food production with fewer resources.

Research opportunities include finding out how we can:

  • improve food production, delivery and storage
  • use renewable biomass to enhance profitability
  • engineer technologies for smarter agricultural systems.

We see potential at Deakin for collaborating in areas such as climate change forecasting, developing more water tolerant and drought resistant seeds, and working on smart polymers to improve water use.



Partners for successful research outcomes

Industry plays a significant role in helping to inform our research activity and project-based learning. We strive to integrate global and commercial challenges into our research and problem-solving cases. Study with us and you'll have the opportunity to work with high-visibility industry partners, both here in Australia and abroad.

It is a key strength of CeRRF that we are able to draw on all research areas at Deakin. Deakin’s expertise in policy, social sciences, regional planning or economics, for instance, are as valuable as science and engineering, if we are to support the transformation of rural and regional Australia.


Industry Professor – Director, Research Partnerships

PhDs on the go at CeRRF

Currently there are exciting opportunities for new honours, PhD and postdoctoral researchers to join our team.

Some of our current PhD projects include:

Optimising nutrient management strategies in water-constrained environments: A comparison of Laos PRD, Cambodia and Australia
Anika Molesworth

Improving medical tropane production in Australian Duboisia plantations
Lawrence Webb

Contact us

For further information on Honours, PhD and Postdoctoral opportunities:

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures
General enquiries

Deakin University
75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds VIC 3216