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

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    Edge 2022 | next gen workforce now

    Seismic change is here. For your organisation to survive, it needs to evolve. Learn how at Edge 2022.
    Wed 5 October to Thu 6 October
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
    Register now (Edge 2022 | next gen workforce now)
  • Research

    Kinship care: what's working, what isn't, and what's next?

    This workshop will explore challenges experienced by kinship carers, emerging issues confronting kinship care, ways to improve policies and practices, as well as strategies for building community awareness.

    Fri 9 September
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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    Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) 20th Anniversary

    You're invited to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO). Join us for a panel discussion on democratising the policy process, followed by networking drinks.

    Wed 7 September
    3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    ATC101 Lecture Theatre & Online
    Register now (Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) 20th Anniversary)
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    Social science + data science = impact: collaborative methods for industry partnerships

    In this lunchtime webinar, researchers from the Swinburne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society and the Social Innovation Research Institute share practical insights from recent interdisciplinary research partnerships with industry that brought social scientists and data scientists together for social impact.

    Mon 5 September
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Register now (Social science + data science = impact: collaborative methods for industry partnerships)
    • Science

    National Quantum & Dark Matter Road Trip

    To coincide with National Science Week, a team of scientists and science communicators will travel from Brisbane to Perth, delivering engaging presentations, hands-on activities, pub quizzes and more!

    Mon 8 August to Fri 26 August
    9:00 AM to 9:00 AM
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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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