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), 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
    • Sustainability
    • Engineering

    Sea no evil: Can coastal communities plan for climate risk?

    Rather than reacting to extreme events, can communities be empowered to understand, and to plan? Join us - pose this question and more.

  • Research
    • Science

    Fellow's lecture: The quest to understand Einstein's Gravity

    Professor Matthew Bailes will highlight the incredible science performed at Swinburne that sheds light on the nature of space and time.

    Mon 27 June
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    AMDC301 Lecture Theatre (Level 3), 453 Burwood Road, HAWTHORN
    Free
    Register now (Fellow's lecture: The quest to understand Einstein's Gravity)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Sustainability
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Business

    Decarbonising steel industries using hydrogen energy

    In this presentation, Dr Admmad will outline the possible routes to decarbonise the steel industry and the technoeconomic of hydrogen integrated steel manufacturing. 

    Wed 22 June
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Decarbonising steel industries using hydrogen energy)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Industry 4.0
    • Business

    International best practice in transport and freight digitalisation: Lessons for Australia

    This seminar will present the benchmarking methodology, study findings and lessons learned from leading nations in transport digitalisation. 

    Thu 9 June
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Online
    Free
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  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Engineering

    Manufacturing Futures Forum: Medical Technology Victoria (MedTechVic)

    In this forum, MedTechVic Co-Directors, Professors Sally McArthur and Rachael McDonald, will provide an overview of MedTechVic and discuss the opportunities available for creating an Assistive Technology (AT) manufacturing sector in Australia. 

    Tue 17 May
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Online
    Free
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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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