Research that makes a difference

“At Deakin University, our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of people - not just in Australia, but around the world - through exceptional innovation and research.”
Prof Joe GraffamDeputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by world-class Research Institutes and Strategic Research Centres.

Research at Deakin is making a difference across the health spectrum, in areas such as medicine, ageing and chronic illness, physical activity, infant and child health, nutrition, disability, social and mental health.

Deakin is a key partner in the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases – Australia’s first “One Health” facility, which is taking a new, multidisciplinary approach to managing infectious diseases in people, animals, and the environment – and is set to play a leading role in protecting Australia and other nations from the threat of emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases.

Whether it be creating the remotely controlled OzBot robots that are being used by special operations units around the country, using big data to assess the mental health of whole populations.

Deakin is a world leader in carbon fibre, short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology and composite materials. We are home to the globally unique, open-access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, which is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing in industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, defence and construction.

Deakin supports one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our ecologists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change.

Detailed research is enlarging understanding of Australia’s parrots, turtles, kangaroos, and many other bird, animal and plant species – and building complex knowledge about their interconnectedness.

Our strong research focus on contemporary histories, heritage, society and international development is advancing global understanding of intercultural relations, migration, racism, religion, democracy, politics and governance.

Deakin is an Australian research hub on the Middle East and has recently created an innovative Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, as well as leading the Australian Intervention Support Hub –a new national centre that aims to counter radicalisation and violent extremism.