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. 

Swinburne Research Strategy 2025

Swinburne Research Strategy 2025

In pursuit of our Horizon 2025 moon shots, the Swinburne Research Strategy 2025 articulates how our integrated research ecosystem and broad community of renowned experts is powered by a strong culture of collaboration, co-creation and a unique whole-of-system approach.

Our research achievements and rankings

$66m external research income1

220 research degree completions2

2,088 indexed publications in 20223

16 five-star discipline areas4

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Our research ecosystem

Swinburne's research ecosystem includes six flagship research areas which are linked to either a research institute or research platform. These key entities are integrated within the university's innovation and commercialisation capabilities and the broader Swinburne research community.

Space and Aerospace

Swinburne is applying novel materials with bespoke design to deliver cutting-edge space and aerospace solutions. We are providing innovative solutions for communities and industry through our capabilities in astrophysics, astronomy, aerospace, aviation, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence.

Innovative Planet

Swinburne strives to meet the challenges of the modern world by embracing and accelerating urban technology, design, computer and data science, health and psychology, social science, and the hydrogen economy. We bring together industry and researchers to work towards a sustainable future to all.

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    Innovative Planet Research Institute

    The Innovative Planet Research Institute applies innovative and socio-technical approaches to address challenges facing the world’s fast-growing cities.

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    Victorian Hydrogen Hub

    In partnership with CSIRO and ARENA 2036, Swinburne’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub brings together the community to support sustainable manufacturing practices.

Med Tech and Health Innovation

With a view to creating a healthy and inclusive future, Swinburne is focusing on real-world health challenges by exploiting our deep expertise in mental health, neuroscience, ageing, bioengineering, medical and assistive technology, data science, digital technologies, design and social science.

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    Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute

    Discover Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute's research program, focusing on real-world health challenges across the lifespan.
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    Medical Technology Victoria (MedTechVic) brings together design, digitalisation, manufacturing and people to co-create medical and assistive technologies of the future. 

Innovative Society

We are creating a community of social innovators through research that tackles complex societal issues and utilises the potential of technology to strive for greater social equity. Swinburne has a history of academic and industry leadership in reconciliation and explores the challenges relating to Australia’s reconciliation journey through a program of engagement, research and education. 

Digital Capability

Utilising our high-level digital research capabilities, Swinburne is striving to be a world-leader in digital disruption and innovation. We address the grand challenges of industry with expertise in big data, cybersecurity, advanced visualisation, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

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    Digital Capability Research Platform

    The Digital Capability Research Platform positions Swinburne as an internationally renowned organisation in digital research, digital disruption and accelerating innovation.

Manufacturing Futures

Acting as a conduit between research and industry, Swinburne is utilising advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 to ensure Australia’s industrial future. We have world-leading expertise in advanced materials, industrial automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, design, engineering, and data science. 

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Our research infrastructure

We have set up world-class infrastructure that is leading the way in creating successful partnerships and positive outcomes across industry. 

  • Research centres, groups and clinics

    Our research centres, groups and clinics cultivate strength in specialist areas by concentrating resources in one place. All research centres have an excellent record of scholarship, publication and research funding.

  • Platforms and initiatives

    Swinburne has a number of strategic platforms and research initiatives that are designed to help partners find innovative solutions to their real-world problems. 

  • Facilities and equipment

    We have a wide-range of hireable facilities and equipment including world-class research laboratories, labs, telescopes and theatres.

Explore our research community

  • Entry into Research Degrees

    Our research degrees give you access to specialist facilities, world-class researchers, training and support. Learn more about what we offer and how to apply.  

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    Partnership opportunities

    Partner with Swinburne and access a range of services designed to help your business or organisation. 

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    Indigenous research

    Swinburne is committed to collaborative, innovative, impactful and reciprocal indigenous research and enterprise partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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    Research impact

    Our researchers are dedicated to driving economic and social impact. We are searching for solutions at the intersection of technology and humanity, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and inventing the future.
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    Ethics and integrity

    Swinburne research conforms to the highest ethical, professional and scholarly standards. Learn more about our commitment to research ethics and integrity.
  • Research publications

    Swinburne Research Bank is our official institutional repository. This is an open access collection of scholarly publications by Swinburne researchers.  

Our latest research news 

Our latest research events

  • Thought Leadership
    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship

    Swinburne Accelerator Program Demo Night

    Join us for an evening of impressive presentations from five teams as they showcase their awe-inspiring pitches that will ignite your entrepreneurial spirit.

    Thu 7 September
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    CreativeCubes.Co (rear of 600 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn)
    Register now (Swinburne Accelerator Program Demo Night)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Design
    • Education
    • Film and Television

    Can AI do this job? Hear from our industry experts!

    Can AI write a lesson plan for a new teacher? What about a script for a hit TV show? Can we use it for images, design, and more? This Swinburne-led panel brings together three experts from education, screenwriting, and design to take a closer look at AI-generated outputs and discuss what it can and can’t do in their industries.

    Wed 6 September
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Register now (Can AI do this job? Hear from our industry experts!)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Business
    • Information Technology
    • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Women's eSafety by Design

    Join in a conversation envisioning a world of online safety and network with the eSafety Commissioner,Julie Inman-Grant, Swinburne researchers and Swinburne partner organisations working to end all forms of violence against women and children.

    Tue 5 September
    5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Level 3, AMDC Building, Swinburne University, 469-477 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
    Register now (Women's eSafety by Design)
  • Research
    • Sustainability
    • Built Environment and Architecture

    Towards Sustainable Urban Futures

    This event offers a platform for interdisciplinary discussions about sustainable futures, focusing on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability.

    Mon 4 September
    2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Register now (Towards Sustainable Urban Futures)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact
    • Science

    Darkness visible down under - The search for dark matter in Australia

    In this exciting public lecture, Swinburne’s internationally renowned astrophysicist Professor Alan Duffy, will explain what we know about this mysterious dark matter, a substance we are actually yet to find.

    Fri 18 August
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    AMDC301 Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) Building, 475 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
    Register now (Darkness visible down under - The search for dark matter in Australia)

1 Total external research income for 2022
Higher degree by research completions (Oct 2021 – Oct 2022)
3 Scopus indexed publications in 2022
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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