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

$47.1m external research income1

191 research degree completions2

1,832 indexed publications in 20203

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 news 

  • Corporate staff employees working together using computers at coworking, busy workers group walk in motion sitting at desks in modern open space room interior, everyday office rush lifestyle concept.
    • Business

    Hybrid or the highway for Australian workers: Swinburne research

    Centre for the New Workforce research shows that almost every worker wants to work flexibly post-COVID, but that hybrid working is already impacting workplace connection and wellbeing.

    Wednesday 20 October 2021
    • Astronomy

    New stars create space pollution, research confirms

    Using new space imaging technology, researchers have confirmed that the creation of new stars drives a huge amount of material back into the universe, comprising over half the Periodic Table.

    Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • A rocket entering the space above the clouds
    • Astronomy
    • Science
    • Engineering

    Swinburne scores world-leading tech for space manufacturing

    A multimillion-dollar collaboration between Swinburne and additive manufacturing company Titomic, will enable the creation of lighter, stronger and more capable structures for space, including rocket nozzles and satellite components using ‘green’ titanium.

    Friday 27 August 2021
    • University

    Swinburne early career researchers win ARC funding

    Two of Swinburne’s early career researchers have won significant research grants to explore origami structures and materials, and supporting child victims from re-victimisation and offending.

    Friday 20 August 2021
  • The AMDC building at Hawthorn with trees to the right and clear blue skies to the left
    • University

    Swinburne climbs global academic rankings

    Swinburne has continued to rise in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), placing in the top 300 of the world’s best universities for 2021.

    Monday 16 August 2021

Our latest research events

  • 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
  • Research
    • Sustainability
    • Digital Literacy
    • Film and Television
    • Media and Communication

    Mobile Studies Congress - Innovative Planet: Go Mobile - Stay Sustainable

    Join us for the second Mobile Studies Congress, which will take place at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne) and the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. This virtual conference will feature paper presentations, panel discussions, project showcases and workshops.

    Fri 12 November to Sun 14 November
    12:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    Online Webinar
    Fees apply
  • Research

    OA and Funding Body Requirements

    This session will discuss different ways to share and promote your research over the internet and how to meet your funders’  Open Access (OA) obligations.

    Wed 27 October
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Online Webinar
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business

    Swinburne Demo Night 2021

    Be inspired by Swinburne's newest and most outstanding startups.

    Thu 30 September
    5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Register now (Swinburne Demo Night 2021)
  • Research
    • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Built Environment and Architecture
    • Design
    • Engineering

    Cities as Complex Systems

    Join us for a panel session to consider the question: does viewing the city as a complex system more effectively facilitate a common understanding with which to scaffold a different type of conversation around sustainable urbanisation.

    Thu 16 September
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Register now (Cities as Complex Systems)

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 5547 or email research@swinburne.edu.au to speak with the team.  


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