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

$47m external research income1

186 research degree completions2

1,893 indexed publications in 20193

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 by investing heavily in state-of-the-art specialised facilities and equipment that make discovery and impact possible. Our researchers and students have the opportunity to work with the latest technology to unlock the answers to some of today's most pertinent questions and our partners can also access these facilities to benefit their community, organisation or business.

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Discover stories from a wide range of disciplines, including digital health, chemistry, artificial intelligence, materials science, urban sustainability and public policy.

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Our latest research events

  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Research Impact
    • Built Environment and Architecture

    Urban Futures: Designing the Digitalised City - In Conversation with Mark Burry AO

    Join Professor Mark Burry AO, guest editor for the prestigious, Architectural Design (AD), who will discuss his work on the issue. 

    • Innovation

    Venture Cup 2020

    Register to watch Swinburne's most innovative startups pitch for $20,000 in pre-seed funding.

    Thu 26 November
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Venture Cup 2020)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact
    • Business

    Tom Spurling Oration: COVID-19: Inconvenient and Political Truths

    The Centre for Transformative Innovation invites you to the 2020 Tom Spurling Oration three part webinar series. The series will explore beyond the second Great Depression and discuss restoring employment and prosperity in the 2020s.

    Wed 25 November
    5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Tom Spurling Oration: COVID-19: Inconvenient and Political Truths)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact
    • Business

    Tom Spurling Oration: The future of work depends on what we value

    The Centre for Transformative Innovation invites you to the 2020 Tom Spurling Oration three part webinar series. The series will explore beyond the second Great Depression and discuss restoring employment and prosperity in the 2020s.

    Wed 18 November
    4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Tom Spurling Oration: The future of work depends on what we value)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact
    • Business

    Tom Spurling Oration: Lifting the long tail in post-COVID Australia

    The Centre for Transformative Innovation invites you to the 2020 Tom Spurling Oration three part webinar series. The series will explore beyond the second Great Depression and discuss restoring employment and prosperity in the 2020s.

    Wed 11 November
    4:45 PM to 5:45 PM
    Online
    Free
    Register now (Tom Spurling Oration: Lifting the long tail in post-COVID Australia)

1 Total external research income for 2019
Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2018 – Oct 2019)
3 Scopus indexed publications in 2019
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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