Our combination of focused research, valuable industry collaborations and investment in cutting-edge technologies, has driven significant research achievements and attracted recognition from around the world. Our six dedicated research institutes and 14 research centres ensure we are at the forefront of discovery.

A growing list of important research findings, business partnerships and spin-off companies along with a steady increase in government grants and international rankings, puts Swinburne in an advantageous position for the future.

$47.1m external research income1

191 research degree completions2

1,832 indexed publications in 20203

16 five-star discipline areas4

Our research strengths

Highly Cited researchers

  • 12 Highly Cited researchers across 14 disciplines

Our researchers have been highly cited across 14 disciplines for 2020, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group

ERA achievements

Excellence in Research Australia is Australia's national research evaluation framework. In the latest report (2018), Swinburne achieved:

  • 16 discipline areas ranked at a 5 (well above world standard)
  • 20 discipline areas ranked at a 4 (above world standard)
  • 20 specific fields of research ranked at a 3 (at or above world standard)

External research income

  • $274.4m total research income 2010–19

  • $47m 2019 total external research income

Our international footprint

Swinburne Sarawak Campus

Madras and Hyderabad
Joint Research Centre with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM)
Joint Research Hub with Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH)

Arena 2036 Research Hub, University of Stuttgart

Silicon Valley, San Francisco
CSIRO-Swinburne Strategic Partnership

Weihai and Hong Kong
Joint Research Centre in Advanced Manufacturing with Shandong University Weihai, Weihai Economic and Technological Development Zone and the Australian Education Management Group
Hong Kong Productivity Council PhD Hub 

Research degree key achievements (Oct 2018 – Oct 2019)

  • 186 higher degree by research completions 

  • 928 accredited supervisors

  • $4.5m invested in SUPRA stipend scholarships 

More about our research achievements

Significant research findings

Swinburne's research findings have a far-reaching impact on science, industry and the broader community. The university's researchers have made discoveries that have dramatically changed the face of fields ranging from medicine to social services, astronomy and aeronautical safety.

Explore some of our most recent research outcomes below:

  • 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
  • Photograph of Professor Nilmini Wickramashinghe.

    Research Impact magazine

    Our new magazine highlights the exciting, innovative, real-world research at Swinburne where we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. 

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 Swinburne Research

Whatever your query please direct your general enquiry to the research team on +61 3 9214 4859 or via research@swinburne.edu.au.

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