Research focus

Now more than ever it is vital that we thrive together. At Deakin, we’re interested in how people learn, work and play, supporting communities across the world to be resilient, vibrant and inclusive.

Our multidisciplinary research integrates First Nations knowledge and inter-cultural histories, boosts creative and sporting capabilities, and promotes socially responsible business. We help government develop informed policy for a rich and cohesive society, and work with organisations to achieve global outcomes through humanitarian leadership.

Advancing society and culture

Our impact

Find out how our researchers are translating globally significant discoveries and ideas into innovative 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.

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.

Making it easier to employ refugees with a user-friendly guide for Australian employers

Deakin researchers have launched a unique guide to encourage employers to hire refugees or people from an asylum-seeking background.

Featured researchers and leaders

Our world-class research teams are led by true innovators and experts in their fields. Discover what drives our researchers and what they hope to accomplish going forward.

Professor Julianne Moss

Director, Research for Educational Impact (REDI)

Alfred Deakin Professor Fethi Mansouri

Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Professor Benjamin Isakhan

Professor, International Politics

Professor Ly Tran

Australian Research Council Future Fellow

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.

Visit each of our faculty pages to learn more about the projects, institutes and world-class researchers connected to each faculty.

Find out more about Deakin's research in advancing society and culture

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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