With outstanding researchers and facilities, specialist institutes and centres, strategic platforms and initiatives, and a focus on high-quality and ethically sound research, Swinburne is ranked among the top 300 research-intensive universities in the world. We’re focused on delivering research that creates economic and social impact, and our researchers are producing innovative solutions to real-world problems across a range of disciplines and sectors. Our research degrees give students access to world-class researchers, first-rate facilities, training and support. 

Learn more about Swinburne Horizon 2025 and our vision to bring people and technology together to build a better world. We are building Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – on that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. 

Our research achievements and rankings

$57.1m external research income1

196 research degree completions2

2,200 indexed publications in 20213

16 five-star discipline areas4

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Research institutes 

Our six research institutes drive multidisciplinary collaborations with industry, business and community to maximise research impact. They tackle big challenges across the fields of health, data science, social innovation, smart cities, space technology and the future of manufacturing to produce innovative solutions to real-world problems. Building on the depth and excellence of our discipline-specific research activity, our research institutes are agile and aligned with state, national and global priorities for growth and development.

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Platforms and initiatives

Our research platforms and initiatives include flagship entities such as the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) and MedTechVic as well as established parts of our ecosystem including the Innovation PrecinctDesign Factory Melbourne and Factory of the Future.

These support and enable innovative, cutting-edge research. They are driven by our academics and in partnership with industry, government and other research organisations and universities directly benefit the local and global community.

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Research centres and groups

Our faculty-based research centres drive deep, discipline-based research. They are the engine room of our research performance but are also collaborative environments that support and develop our research talent, from early career researchers through to senior professors and research leaders. They are integral in enabling Swinburne to achieve research excellence and international reputation.

Our research groups are the foundation level of our research ecosystem. They are established when the quality, scale and impact of research grows beyond the capacity of an individual researcher. Ongoing development and peer support is of paramount importance with our research groups. 

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Facilities and equipment

We have a range of state-of-the-art, specialist facilities and equipment that make discovery and impact possible. Some of our iconic labs include the Nanofabrication Laboratory, Neuroimaging facility and our Supercomputing OzSTAR Facility. Our researchers and students have the opportunity to work with these to find solutions to some of today's most pertinent questions, they are also available to partners to benefit their community, organisation or business.

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Our latest research events

  • Research
    • Industry 4.0

    Forum i4.0: People-Technology-Connections - February

    This event brings together boundary-pushing innovators who want to help today’s product makers stay ahead of the evolving technologies that are changing modern business models and consumer expectations.

    Thu 3 February
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Free
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Sustainability
    • Business

    Thought Leadership Series - Advancing Hydrogen in Mobility

    Join us for a discussion from Australian experts immersed in the Hydrogen in mobility space and discover how you can get involved.

    Fri 10 December
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Thought Leadership Series - Advancing Hydrogen in Mobility)
  • Research
    • Sustainability
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Science

    Kenya's Energy: New and Renewable

    The purpose of this webinar is to understand Kenya’s energy needs and future plans, understand Australia’s strengths in new and renewable energy, and identify opportunities for capacity building, training, investment and knowledge sharing between Kenya and Australia.

    Thu 25 November
    4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Kenya's Energy: New and Renewable)
  • Student Life
    • Innovation
    • Technology

    Venture Week

    Welcome to Venture Week, your gateway to the world of startups. Learn how you can build a career in startups and venture capital, and watch the best startup pitches from Swinburne. 

    Tue 16 November - Thu 18 November
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Venture Week)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Health
    • Psychology
    • Science

    Constructing and Deconstructing Public Interest Technology: Insights from the Development of ORBIT

    In this workshop, we draw on the experience of Professor Greg Murray, who led the development of ORBIT (Online Recovery- focused Bipolar Individual Tool), an online, guided self-help intervention that aims to improve quality of life in people with late- stage bipolar disorder.

    Wed 17 November
    1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    Online Webinar
    Free
    Register now (Constructing and Deconstructing Public Interest Technology: Insights from the Development of ORBIT)

1 Total external research income for 2020
Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2019 – Oct 2020)
3 Scopus indexed publications in 2020
4 16 discipline areas ranked 5 stars (well above world-standard), 2018 ERA report

Contact the Swinburne Research team

Want to know more about the world-class research taking place at Swinburne University of Technology? Call +61 3 9214 4859 or email research@swinburne.edu.au to speak with the team.  

 

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