Research focus

Building a better future requires reflection as well as progression. At Deakin University, we believe connection with Australia’s heritage, First Nations knowledge and inter-cultural histories should inform our solutions for a sustainable and inclusive society. Using multidisciplinary approaches, we’re looking to both the past and the future to build inclusive societies, prioritise education and build resilient communities.

Our impact

Find out how our researchers are undertaking globally significant discovery research that results in innovative translation of our ideas into new services, products, policies and capabilities.

Understanding Heritage Destruction across the Middle East

This research began with a number of projects that measured the destruction of cultural property in Iraq and Syria.

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Ensuring the future of quality rural journalism

Researchers from Deakin University are aiming to ensure a future of high quality, local journalism in rural and regional Australia to enhance democracy and the social fabric of communities beyond the metropole.

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Making play accessible for all children

AllPlay strategies are being rolled out Australia wide to educate teachers, parents and the community on how to provide children equal access to sport, dance and education.

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Featured institute

Featured institute

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.

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Faculty research

In addition to our institutes and research centres, Deakin’s four faculties contribute to research that’s advancing society, culture and the economy. Importantly, researchers within each faculty work together, fostering a collaborative approach to research that unlocks new angles, solutions and ways of thinking.

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Featured facility

Featured facility

Deakin Motion.Lab

Deakin Motion.Lab is a state-of-the-art motion capture facility. It allows our researchers, teachers and students to interact with rich virtual worlds, tell stories and explore ideas from previously unseen angles. Recently, Motion.Lab’s virtual reality capabilities were used to develop a video game to treat amblyopia, often referred to as lazy eye.

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Featured researchers

Our world-class research teams are led by true innovators and experts in their fields.

Professor Emma Kowal

ARC Future Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute

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Professor Julianne Moss

Alfred Deakin Professor and Director, Research for Educational Impact

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Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh

Research Professor, Alfred Deakin Institute

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