Research focus

By placing sustainability at the centre of all our research, we  can prioritise the protection of all species, advance a circular economy and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions. This approach applies to our research in land, air and marine ecosystems, renewable energy and resource management technologies; resulting in positive social and economic outcomes for our local and global communities.

Our impact

Find out how our researchers are discovering solutions to our biggest global environmental and sustainability challenges.

Drone-users come to coastal rescue

A world-first initiative from Deakin University, where hundreds of citizen scientists have been mobilised and are using high-tech drones to help monitor Victoria’s coastline.

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Building equitable partnerships with Indigenous people, starting with future bush fire management

Exploring the opportunities and challenges for expanded and enhanced collaborative natural hazard management.

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Carbon treasure revealed at Great Barrier Reef

Queensland Blue seeks to secure the State’s blue carbon future by expanding carbon farming through the development of a new blue carbon market.

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Featured strategic research centres

Featured strategic research centres

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF)

CeRRF is a leader in innovative research solutions for sustainable regional and rural development. The centre’s key research areas include smarter technologies that improve regional and rural productivity, efficient water use, policies and projects that identify economic development opportunities and climate change solutions for regional areas.

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Faculty research

In addition to our institutes and research centres, Deakin’s four faculties contribute to research that’s enabling a sustainable world. 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.

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Featured facility

Featured facility

Electromaterials facility

Located within Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, the electromaterials facility is developing energy storage solutions that fast-track Australia’s transition to renewables. The centrepiece of the facility is the BatTRI-Hub, an open-access prototyping facility showcasing emerging energy storage technologies developed by our researchers and engineers.

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400 research scholarships available

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Featured thought leaders

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

Professor Marcel Klaassen

Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Ecology

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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Professor Colin Barrow

Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Biotechnology

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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Dr David Halliwell

Industry Professor and Deputy Dean

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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