Turning great ideas into impact

Deakin’s five impact themes are supported by researchers throughout the university who collaborate with industry, government and institutional networks to deliver a global research footprint. Together, we produce smarter industry tech, improve community health and wellbeing, support sustainable development, and advance education, citizenship and cultural understanding.

Our research institutes

Our research institutes

Deakin's research institutes and Strategic Research and Innovation Centres (SRICs) undertake large scale, world-class research across five impact themes. Each theme develops tangible outcomes for society, culture and the economy.

Our research collaborations 

Our externally funded research centres, hubs and networks collaborate with our national and international partners in universities, institutes, government and industry.

Faculty and school research

Groups work within Deakin’s faculties and associated schools to conduct research that reflects teaching expertise.

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Our researchers explore global challenges and provide solutions to make a positive impact on the world. Research at Deakin is conducted across five themes that together advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

Our research is producing smarter technologies for business and industry, improving the health and wellbeing of local and international communities, supporting sustainable development and advancing education, citizenship and cultural understanding.

Our research is producing smarter technologies for business and industry, improving the health and wellbeing of local and international communities, supporting sustainable development and advancing education, citizenship and cultural understanding.

Deakin’s strong research focus on contemporary histories, heritage, society and international development is achieving global outcomes.

No matter where people reside or work in the world, every citizen deserves to feel safe. At Deakin, we’re developing preventative approaches to complex global security threats.

Be it robotics, big data or composite materials, Deakin researchers are solving 21st century problems with the aid of cutting-edge, smart technologies.

Deakin research is driving outcomes that provide solutions to global environmental and sustainability issues.

Covering the broad spectrum of health, Deakin research is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people all around the world.

Institutes & Strategic Research and Innovation Centres (SRICs)

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. We create cutting-edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalisation which informs scholarship, debate and policy.
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. We create cutting-edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalisation which informs scholarship, debate and policy.
The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute collaborates with industry to act as a catalyst for change through the use of artificial intelligence. The team contributes to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media and advanced manufacturing.
The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute collaborates with industry to act as a catalyst for change through the use of artificial intelligence. The team contributes to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media and advanced manufacturing.
The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute collaborates with industry to act as a catalyst for change through the use of artificial intelligence. The team contributes to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media and advanced manufacturing.
IFM makes use of Deakin's strong research capability in materials science to tackle complex problems in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.
IFM makes use of Deakin's strong research capability in materials science to tackle complex problems in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.
IFM makes use of Deakin's strong research capability in materials science to tackle complex problems in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.
IFM makes use of Deakin's strong research capability in materials science to tackle complex problems in the areas of energy, health, environment and manufacturing.
IHT is a group of multi-disciplinary researchers working together to improve value, equity and impact in health and care.
IISRI contributes to the design of smarter technologies through the investigation and development of state-of-the-art algorithms and methodologies.
IISRI contributes to the design of smarter technologies through the investigation and development of state-of-the-art algorithms and methodologies.
IISRI contributes to the design of smarter technologies through the investigation and development of state-of-the-art algorithms and methodologies.
IMPACT aims to improve health and wellbeing by contributing to the understanding of the causes and impact of psychiatric, musculoskeletal, metabolic and other disorders.
IMPACT aims to improve health and wellbeing by contributing to the understanding of the causes and impact of psychiatric, musculoskeletal, metabolic and other disorders.
IPAN aims to improve health and quality of life using innovative, quality research, which seeks to significantly enhance health in Australia and reduce the rates of chronic disease.
CeRRF contributes to the design of smarter technologies that provide innovative solutions to regional and rural productivity problems.
CeRRF contributes to the design of smarter technologies that provide innovative solutions to regional and rural productivity problems.
At Deakin University's Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST), we empower people, organisations, and communities to thrive in a digital society.
At Deakin University's Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST), we empower people, organisations, and communities to thrive in a digital society.
At Deakin University's Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST), we empower people, organisations, and communities to thrive in a digital society.
The Centre for Sustainable Bioproducts (CSB) develops new approaches to convert organic waste (biomass) into sustainable, high-value bioproducts, providing industry partners with the opportunity to test and innovate new processing techniques at a pilot manufacturing scale.
The Centre for Sustainable Bioproducts (CSB) develops new approaches to convert organic waste (biomass) into sustainable, high-value bioproducts, providing industry partners with the opportunity to test and innovate new processing techniques at a pilot manufacturing scale.
Deakin Marine Research and Innovation Centre - Deakin Marine - is Victoria's leading university-based marine centre. Our unrivalled research breadth and expertise drives transformational outcomes for ocean-based economies and the environment.
Deakin Marine Research and Innovation Centre - Deakin Marine - is Victoria's leading university-based marine centre. Our unrivalled research breadth and expertise drives transformational outcomes for ocean-based economies and the environment.
REDI aims to be a leading national and international centre in educational research. Underpinned by strong equity principles, REDI has been formed around four distinctive programs that will address the key contemporary education issues.
SEED focuses on addressing mental health issues and neurological disorders such as depression, eating disorders and disability through prevention and intervention strategies.
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Faculties and schools

Advanced design and engineering researchers collaborate with local and international design and manufacturing sectors to create new alternatives for customised design, manufacturing practices and product applications.
Advanced design and engineering researchers collaborate with local and international design and manufacturing sectors to create new alternatives for customised design, manufacturing practices and product applications.
Advanced design and engineering researchers collaborate with local and international design and manufacturing sectors to create new alternatives for customised design, manufacturing practices and product applications.
Behaviour, ecology, evolution and ecophysiology research covers a broad range of biological problems spanning behaviour, ecology, evolution and ecophysiology.
Chemistry, biotechnology and forensic sciences researchers focus on applying state-of-the-art science to solve real-world problems in a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, policing, agricultural biotechnology, biomedical detection and materials science.
Chemistry, biotechnology and forensic sciences researchers focus on applying state-of-the-art science to solve real-world problems in a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, policing, agricultural biotechnology, biomedical detection and materials science.
CNU is a research group that uses cutting-edge technologies to explore the relationship between the brain, behaviour and cognition.
DBSU provides research support to the Faculty of Health research programs, and also collaborates with external providers.
DEER aims to deliver high-impact collaborative research in the areas of design-based learning, project-based learning, distance and cloud-based education and educational technologies.
DEER aims to deliver high-impact collaborative research in the areas of design-based learning, project-based learning, distance and cloud-based education and educational technologies.
DeLMAR brings together scholars across Deakin involved with meta-analysis and research synthesis.
Environmental management and sustainability research covers a broad interdisciplinary area of applied environmental science, including indigenous education, waste management, and freshwater and coastal planning and management.
Environmental management and sustainability research covers a broad interdisciplinary area of applied environmental science, including indigenous education, waste management, and freshwater and coastal planning and management.
Environmental management and sustainability research covers a broad interdisciplinary area of applied environmental science, including indigenous education, waste management, and freshwater and coastal planning and management.
HIVE focuses on creating novel design, understanding user behaviour and experience, and evaluating interactive and collaborative creative technologies.
HIVE focuses on creating novel design, understanding user behaviour and experience, and evaluating interactive and collaborative creative technologies.
ITFE aims to promote computing education as a core literacy, educating students and professionals on digital technologies.
ITFE aims to promote computing education as a core literacy, educating students and professionals on digital technologies.
Integrative physiology and biochemistry researchers address key questions in organismal biology by using cutting-edge methodologies to study a wide range of animal and plant species at genomic, proteomic, cellular and physiological levels.
Marine, freshwater and aquaculture sciences research focuses on aquatic areas including marine biology, aquatic wildlife and aquaculture, ecology and coastal, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems management.
Marine, freshwater and aquaculture sciences research focuses on aquatic areas including marine biology, aquatic wildlife and aquaculture, ecology and coastal, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems management.
MRU looks at how metabolic diseases develop, and research the compounds that could treat them.
Palaeobiology and global change research uses fossil records to understand and examine key questions about the evolution, development and extinction of the planet and its organisms.
SoAR focuses on understanding the underlying systems that regulate the way people interact in their relationships.
SERCh conducts research in multiple areas of software engineering including model-driven engineering, data visualisation, human-centric computing and IoT (Internet of Things).
SERCh conducts research in multiple areas of software engineering including model-driven engineering, data visualisation, human-centric computing and IoT (Internet of Things).
Sustainable infrastructure researchers deliver high-impact, applied and fundamental collaborative research in the areas of structure engineering, corrosion and water management.
Sustainable infrastructure researchers deliver high-impact, applied and fundamental collaborative research in the areas of structure engineering, corrosion and water management.
Sustainable infrastructure researchers deliver high-impact, applied and fundamental collaborative research in the areas of structure engineering, corrosion and water management.
WNCIT is a cross-institutional team who produce innovative resources for health educators to incorporate more nutrition into their medical courses.
Wildlife and conservation biology research focuses on understanding the processes that influence the distribution and abundance of plants and animals, in order to enhance biodiversity conservation outcomes.
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Collaborations & partnerships

The 3D Gait Lab is the only lab in Australia to partner with the developers of 3D GAIT, enabling access to the world's largest database of 3D biomechanical walking and running data.
ACES was established to turn Australia's knowledge of materials into the next generation of 'smart devices' to create new health and energy solutions and improve people's lives.
The ARC Future Fibres Hub strives to accelerate the transformation of the Australian manufacturing industry.
AIDA carries out and promotes top-quality research in data science, machine learning, optimisation and artificial intelligence.
AIDA carries out and promotes top-quality research in data science, machine learning, optimisation and artificial intelligence.
AIDA carries out and promotes top-quality research in data science, machine learning, optimisation and artificial intelligence.
The Battery Hub is a unique, world-class research and innovation centre, focused on advanced battery prototyping and the commercialisation of energy storage technologies.
BCRG brings together a range of expertise and resources with the aim to support and facilitate bioinformatics at Deakin University.
The Blue Carbon Lab is a research group that specialises in devising ways to maximise blue carbon gains and minimise blue carbon loss.
The Deakin Science and Society Network reaches across the divides between research, policy and practice, and emphasises the effective communication and translation of research.
HOME brings together experts from architecture and urban planning, the humanities and social sciences, and health and social development to address the causes and outcomes of social polarisation in the built environment.
HOME brings together experts from architecture and urban planning, the humanities and social sciences, and health and social development to address the causes and outcomes of social polarisation in the built environment.
HOME brings together experts from architecture and urban planning, the humanities and social sciences, and health and social development to address the causes and outcomes of social polarisation in the built environment.
The IMCRC is a cooperative research centre that helps Australian companies increase their global relevance through research-led innovation in manufacturing products, processes and services.
MESF is a network of world-class researchers and lecturers in the field of Middle East and Central Asia studies and languages.
mineAlloy aims to make Australian manufacturers dominant in the multi-billion dollar mining equipment sector by training innovators to design the world's best highly-customised long-life, wear-resistant components.
The PHI team explore how various philosophical ideas have shaped wider cultures in different periods and, in turn, how they've been shaped by wider institutional, economic, political, and social forces.
SPARK aims to connect Deakin students, staff and alumni to the worldwide start-up community, and give entrepreneurs the best possible start by providing funding, co-working space, industry connections and mentorship.
SPARK aims to connect Deakin students, staff and alumni to the worldwide start-up community, and give entrepreneurs the best possible start by providing funding, co-working space, industry connections and mentorship.
SPARK aims to connect Deakin students, staff and alumni to the worldwide start-up community, and give entrepreneurs the best possible start by providing funding, co-working space, industry connections and mentorship.
SPARK aims to connect Deakin students, staff and alumni to the worldwide start-up community, and give entrepreneurs the best possible start by providing funding, co-working space, industry connections and mentorship.
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Centres & Groups

The Advancing Rural, Regional Culture and Society (ARRCS) group investigates opportunities, resilience and future sustainability of rural and regional environments and communities.
The Advancing Rural, Regional Culture and Society (ARRCS) group investigates opportunities, resilience and future sustainability of rural and regional environments and communities.
The Advancing Rural, Regional Culture and Society (ARRCS) group investigates opportunities, resilience and future sustainability of rural and regional environments and communities.
Supporting young children growing up in the digital age
Supporting young children growing up in the digital age
The Asian media, culture and society research projects address problems faced in the everyday lived experiences of Asian people and societies, locally and globally.
The Asian media, culture and society research projects address problems faced in the everyday lived experiences of Asian people and societies, locally and globally.
ACID provides an integrated, national platform for industry to connect with leading researchers across key sectors such as oil and gas, mining, transport and structures, defence and aerospace, and water and desalination.
ACQol studies evidence-based measures for quality of life, and is committed to improving our understanding of life quality through both theory development and empirical research.
AFFRIC is a collaboration between Deakin University and CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and services the fibre, textile, composite, automotive and aerospace industries.
The Being and Becoming Learners group collaborates with diverse learners to create progressive, democratic and responsive solutions that overcome barriers to learning.
The Being and Becoming Learners group collaborates with diverse learners to create progressive, democratic and responsive solutions that overcome barriers to learning.
The CASS Food Research Centre aims to make sustainable and healthier foods the preferred choice of consumers.
CCMB aims to solve both fundamental and practical problems relating to health and the environment, and carries out research to the highest international standards.
CEEND focuses on contemporary debates on energy, the environment and natural disasters.
The Centre for Financial Econometrics recognises, develops and promotes research activities in financial econometrics.
CHASE promotes social inclusion and works collaboratively with communities, organisations and governments.
COLP aspires to build a bridge between the legal profession and the school.
OCPH provides education and training, and uses translational research to influence change in policy and the culture of healthcare systems.
OCPH provides education and training, and uses translational research to influence change in policy and the culture of healthcare systems.
Supporting people from a refugee background to rebuild their careers through meaningful employment, vocational training and education.
Supporting people from a refugee background to rebuild their careers through meaningful employment, vocational training and education.
The Centre for Regenerating Futures explores ways to mitigate, educate and support adaptation to socio-ecological challenges in the Anthropocene.
The Centre for Regenerating Futures explores ways to mitigate, educate and support adaptation to socio-ecological challenges in the Anthropocene.
The Centre for Regenerating Futures explores ways to mitigate, educate and support adaptation to socio-ecological challenges in the Anthropocene.
CREM focuses on the coordination and delivery of effective emergency medical services in rural south-west Victoria.
CSaRO researchers focus on corporate social responsibility, as well as ethical, responsible and sustainable governance.
The Contemporary Histories Research Group focuses primarily on 20th century history, historical episodes, life stories and interpretations that reverberate in the present, for public debate and policy.
The Crime and Criminology Group (C2G) brings together researchers from several disciplines to investigate constructions of crime, causes of crime, diverse harms associated with crime and responses to crime in its various forms.
The Crime and Criminology Group (C2G) brings together researchers from several disciplines to investigate constructions of crime, causes of crime, diverse harms associated with crime and responses to crime in its various forms.
The Critical Digital Infrastructures and Interfaces (CDII) research group aims to scrutinise the underlying technologies that drive the digital world. CDII's work investigates how these systems are designed, governed and impact society.
The Critical Digital Infrastructures and Interfaces (CDII) research group aims to scrutinise the underlying technologies that drive the digital world. CDII's work investigates how these systems are designed, governed and impact society.
D2D CRC brings together leading edge research and development, innovation, and education and training to tackle big data challenges in Australia.
CEDAAR conducts research into the psychological, biological, sociopolitical, and clinical aspects of Alcohol and other Drug use, other addictive behaviours, and consequent harm.
CEDAAR conducts research into the psychological, biological, sociopolitical, and clinical aspects of Alcohol and other Drug use, other addictive behaviours, and consequent harm.
DCSC is a multidisciplinary research centre with a focus on understanding neurodevelopment from the early years of childhood through to adolescence.
DCSC is a multidisciplinary research centre with a focus on understanding neurodevelopment from the early years of childhood through to adolescence.
Deakin Motion Lab is leading the charge exploring the potential of digital and screen technologies to enhance our learning, work and entertainment experiences.
Deakin Motion Lab is leading the charge exploring the potential of digital and screen technologies to enhance our learning, work and entertainment experiences.
Deakin Motion Lab is leading the charge exploring the potential of digital and screen technologies to enhance our learning, work and entertainment experiences.
DIoT aims to radically rethink life as embedded in the growing and emerging IoT, and to create innovative IoT to enrich and change our work and daily lives.
DIoT aims to radically rethink life as embedded in the growing and emerging IoT, and to create innovative IoT to enrich and change our work and daily lives.
The Energy Pipelines CRC provides research and education to support and benefit the energy pipelines industry in Australia.
The Food and Mood Centre is a collaborative research team studying the ways in which what we eat influences our brain, mood and mental health.
HNSRG studies the relationship between health and the natural environment.
Innovating Teacher Education group recognises that there is an urgent need for evidence-based research that informs the design of teacher education. Through our research, we evaluate the consequences and implications that impact the preparation and supply of teachers.
The IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre conducts multidisciplinary research on small and medium-sized private businesses and not-for-profit enterprises.
NCFH leads the way in improving the health, wellbeing and safety of farmers, farm workers and their families across Australia.
The Philosophy and the History of Ideas (PHI) group is Melbourne's largest centre dedicated to pluralist philosophy.
The Philosophy and the History of Ideas (PHI) group is Melbourne's largest centre dedicated to pluralist philosophy.
Polis is the home of Politics and International Studies at Deakin. Our research examines the complex array of factors that shape local and global politics, and the prospects for peace and development.
The Public Exchange Bureau seeks to find out how we can use academia to support public discourse about contemporary challenges. Our projects have a special focus on resilience, wellbeing, aesthetic innovation and diversity in south-east Melbourne and the western regions of Victoria.
The Public Exchange Bureau seeks to find out how we can use academia to support public discourse about contemporary challenges. Our projects have a special focus on resilience, wellbeing, aesthetic innovation and diversity in south-east Melbourne and the western regions of Victoria.
The Public Exchange Bureau seeks to find out how we can use academia to support public discourse about contemporary challenges. Our projects have a special focus on resilience, wellbeing, aesthetic innovation and diversity in south-east Melbourne and the western regions of Victoria.
The Reading Writing Futures group has one of the of the largest PhD programs in literary studies and creative writing in Australia.
Through our diverse and collaborative network of researchers, the Sociology and Social Change Collective facilitates projects that address inequality, health policies, migration and other contemporary issues in Australia and globally.
Through our diverse and collaborative network of researchers, the Sociology and Social Change Collective facilitates projects that address inequality, health policies, migration and other contemporary issues in Australia and globally.
As contemporary learning continuously changes, the Transforming Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy group considers how curriculum, assessment and pedagogy can evolve with it.
The Transforming Professional Lives, Learning and Leadership group explores how educators and leaders navigate volatile and uncertain times. Our work translates across education, professional learning and policy context.
The Transforming Professional Lives, Learning and Leadership group explores how educators and leaders navigate volatile and uncertain times. Our work translates across education, professional learning and policy context.
Western Alliance aims to improve the impact, quality and quantity of health research, education and training in the western region.
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Our research strengths

Guided by our five impact themes, we bring together different schools of thinking to help us solve some of the biggest, most complex global challenges. This application of shared knowledge keeps people at the centre our research.

Learn more about our research strengths

Advancing society and culture

Our research helps strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative, contemporary and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business.

Building safe and secure communities

From strengthening community resilience to the development of cutting-edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical and innovative solutions to global security problems.

Improving health and wellbeing

Improved health and wellbeing underpins the success of any society, and at Deakin, we’re driving research that impacts lives – globally and locally – in meaningful ways.

Enabling a sustainable world

Sustainable outcomes guide our research from idea to solution and application. We protect and manage our land, air and marine ecosystems; use innovative resource management technologies; and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions.

Designing smarter technologies

We’re developing practical technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society.

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