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

$66m external research income1

220 research degree completions2

2,088 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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Using visual equipment to reach out to touch an object in augmented reality at the Factory of the Future. 

Platforms and initiatives

Our research platforms and initiatives include flagship entities such as the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2), MedTechVic and Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub, 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
    • Technology

    What's the value of voice?

    In this discussion, US-based Fulbright Scholar Valerie Jones will share her research exploring how voice-powered virtual assistants such as Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa might provide new opportunities for new ways of feeling connected, focusing on ageing adults. 

    Wed 5 April
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Level 2, AGSE Building, 50 Wakefield St, Hawthorn or Online
  • Research
    • Research Impact
    • Science

    The Hubble Tension: How we try to solve this astronomy crisis

    Join our discussion around The Hubble Tension – the disagreement between the two methods to measure the speed at which the Universe expands.

    Thu 30 March
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    ATC101, Hawthorn campus
  • Research
    • Research Impact

    Global health and equity: Research that is positively impacting humanity

    You will hear about the Centre for Global Health and Equity's inspirational research and global engagement journey, including how it has generated many widely used products and tools. 

  • Research
    • Technology
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Engineering
    • Science

    Space Industry Supply Chain Readiness Course

    Listen to experts. Become the expert. Learn how to secure contracts and improve your space instrumentation capabilities.

    Mon 27 February to Tue 28 February
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Engineers Australia, Level 31, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne
    $2995 (early bird fee)
    Register now (Space Industry Supply Chain Readiness Course)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact

    Varieties of regional innovation systems around the world and catch up by latecomers: Analysing RIS with patent citation data and policy implications

    Join Distinguished Professor Keun Lee (Seoul National University) to discuss the varieties of regional innovation systems around the world and the catch up by latecomers, the importance of economic development in providing employment and incomes, and the policies that can address poor regional economic development.

    Mon 13 February
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Register now (Varieties of regional innovation systems around the world and catch up by latecomers: Analysing RIS with patent citation data and policy implications)

1 Total external research income for 2022
Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2021 – Oct 2022)
3 Scopus indexed publications in 2022
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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