With outstanding researchers and facilities, specialist institutes and centres, 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 our vision for the future and our strategy to be a leading university in science, technology and innovation, with real impact that transforms industries, shapes lives and communities through the Research and Innovation Strategy 2020 [PDF].

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 five 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 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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The Atlite Team from the Centre for Design Innovation were winners in the 2020 Good Design Awards. 

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 support innovative and cutting-edge research through strategic initiatives such as our Innovation Precinct, the Design Factory Melbourne and Factory of the Future. We also have a range of state-of-the-art, specialist facilities and equipment that make discovery and impact possible. 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 

Our latest research events

  • Research
    • Digital Literacy
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Information Technologies

    The social impact of Be Connected with Anthony McCosker

    Join us as we discuss the findings of the three-year impact evaluation for the Be Connected program.

    Wed 31 March
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (The social impact of Be Connected with Anthony McCosker)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Information Technologies
    • Psychology

    ADIA Hosts a Discussion on Mental Health and Digital Inclusion

    The Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) invites you to join a panel discussion around digital inclusion and mental health.

    Thu 25 March
    2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now ( ADIA Hosts a Discussion on Mental Health and Digital Inclusion)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Business
    • Information Technologies

    Taina Bucher: On Facebook

    Join Diana Bossio in conversation with Taina Bucher about her soon to be released book ‘Facebook’, where she traces the development and evolution of Facebook.

    Tue 23 March
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Taina Bucher: On Facebook)
  • Research
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Business

    Smart After Dark – Victoria’s Night Life Scene: Pre Pandemic

    Discover the state of play of Victoria’s night life industry and contribute to discussions on its future.

    Wed 17 March
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Smart After Dark – Victoria’s Night Life Scene: Pre Pandemic)
  • Research
    • Diversity
    • Arts and Humanities

    Digital Cultures of Care: SIRI Digital Inclusion Webinar March 2021

    Our March webinar focuses on care and the politics of inclusion in health and policy research.

    Wed 3 March
    3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Digital Cultures of Care: SIRI Digital Inclusion Webinar March 2021)

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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