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Faculty of Arts and Education research

Reimagining how we understand human experience

Our research is at the forefront of teaching, learning, creating and social development. Guided by Deakin’s research strengths, we work with partners and communities to change how we engage with each other and our environment.

Our research strengths

From the way we learn and communicate to the way we collectively govern and express our cultural values – our research is changing how we engage with each other and our environment. We organise our research programs through specialist centres and groups that foster disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research collaborations. Our centres and groups work towards Deakin’s five research strengths.

Advancing society and culture

Advancing society and culture

Our research explores the diversity of society and the challenges within it.

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Enabling a sustainable world

Enabling a sustainable world

Our research uses the social sciences, creative arts and humanities to explore pathways towards a greener future.

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Improving health and wellbeing

Improving health and wellbeing

Our research uses social sciences, humanities, creative arts and digital technologies to explore pathways towards improved wellness.

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Designing smarter technologies

Designing smarter technologies

Our research fuses theory with creativity to revolutionise technology and its ability to propel contemporary culture and learning.

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Building safe and secure communities

Building safe and secure communities

Our research explores how we can minimise crime and mitigate its effects on communities.

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World-leading research

We’re among the top 1% for arts and humanities research globally, as well as #1 in Australia for education and education research.

Our research institutes

Our strategic research institutes undertake large-scale, world-class research to address some of the world's most complex issues. Our researchers collaborate with industry, government and institutional networks to produce smarter industry technology, improve community health and wellbeing, support sustainable development, and advance education, citizenship and cultural understanding.

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation is one of the world’s largest and most influential social sciences and humanities research institutes. The institute’s key research themes include social inclusion, globalisation, diversity, multiculturalism and, most recently, the impacts of COVID-19 on society.

Research for Educational Impact

Research for Educational Impact

Deakin’s strategic research centre in education, Research for Educational Impact (REDI) is a connected, collaborative and vibrant research centre that delivers and translates high-quality research into outcomes that are relevant and meaningful to our communities.

Our research centres and groups

The Faculty of Arts and Education is home to two flagship research centres that work closely with industry partners and the government to put findings into practice and to address real-world challenges.

Deakin Motion Lab

Deakin Motion Lab is leading the charge exploring the potential of digital and screen technologies to enhance our learning, work and entertainment experiences.

Centre for Regenerating Futures

The Centre for Regenerating Futures creates transdisciplinary research that decolonises knowledge and utilises arts and activism to respond to Anthropocene challenges.

Our research groups

In addition to our research institutes and centres, our research spans 13 specialist research groups that conduct research across Deakin's five research strengths.

Research with us

Do you want to undertake cutting-edge research that makes an impact across education, humanities and social sciences, communication and creative arts? Learn everything you need to know about studying a research degree with us, including entry requirements, pathways and scholarships.

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Explore more of our research engagement and impact

Contemporary histories – entangled knowledges

The Centre for Contemporary Histories has developed collaborations with Indigenous communities and various organisations inside Australia and internationally to reveal the story of the entanglement of Indigenous and Western Knowledges in the mid 1800s.

A passion for music and philosophy

Alistair Macauley believes the world needs more music and philosophy. His PhD research combines these two passions, setting him up for a career in post-doctoral research.

Deakin Motion Lab

Deakin Motion Lab focuses on three areas of emerging technology research within the visual arts industries. Each of the projects showcase research in Virtual Production, Participatory Screen, and Immersive Realities.

Science education

Amrita Kamath is passionate about science. That's why through her PhD, she’s researching ways that science can be made more engaging and interesting for students.

Contact us

Get in touch with our team to find out more on our research programs, media expertise and collaboration.

Email the Faculty of Arts and Education research office