We’re proud of our reputation for high-quality research here at Swinburne. Our research meets the demands of various organisations including industry, government, community organisations, not-for-profits, start-ups and entrepreneurs to improve the way we live and build a sustainable future.

Our research

Explore the work being conducted by our ground-breaking research centres and research groups. Alternatively, you can check out one of our six focused research institutes that drive multidisciplinary collaborations with industry, business and community to maximise research impact.  

Research centres

Our research centres drive deep, discipline-based research. They are the engine room of our research performance and 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 a high-ranking international reputation.

Business and law centres

Health, arts and design centres

Science, engineering and technology centres

Research groups

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.

Other research groups

  • Cost of Living, Productivity and Inequality Research Group
  • Social Media Research Group
  • Law and Technology Research Group

Department research


Swinburne is home to two health and wellbeing clinics at our Hawthorn Campus. Both provide specialist treatment and advice and are open to members and non-members of the Swinburne community.

Looking for a world-class research institute?

Our research institutes drive multidisciplinary collaborations with industry, business and community to maximise research impact. Our flagship institutes build on the depth and excellence of our discipline-specific research activities.

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Our achievements and success stories

Our partnerships have been instrumental in effecting change with industry, government, community organisations, not-for-profits, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Learn more about these inspiring stories.

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  • Aerial image of the Swinburne Sarawak campus in Malaysia

    Swinburne Sarawak Research Centres and Clusters

    Swinburne Sarawak’s designated research centres cultivate strength in specialist areas by concentrating resources in one place. Each centre consists of a group of researchers who collectively have a significant national or international profile.

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  • Thought Leadership
    • Innovation
    • Research Impact
    • Engagement

    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)
    • Innovation
    • Science

    Free public astronomy lecture – “Unlocking the Universe’s secrets with JWST”

    Discover which secrets of the universe the James Web Space Telescope (JWST) will reveal in this lecture presented by the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne.

    Fri 19 August
    6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    AMDC301 Lecture Theatre (Level 3), 453 Burwood Road, HAWTHORN
    Register now (Free public astronomy lecture – “Unlocking the Universe’s secrets with JWST” )
  • Research
    • Research Impact
    • Law
    • Psychology

    Psychological assessments in legal contexts: Are Australian courts screening out 'junk science'?

    Judges in Australia are not required to screen the reliability of expert evidence, but Australian courts overall could have higher-quality psychological evidence that U.S. courts. What could Australia and the U.S. learn from each other's approach?

    Wed 24 August
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Register now (Psychological assessments in legal contexts: Are Australian courts screening out 'junk science'?)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Research Impact
    • Science

    Nanostructured materials for energy and environmental catalysis

    Join this lecture on catalyst materials and carbon nitride-based photocatalysts, which have demonstrated potential in solar energy utilisation for future energy sustainability and environment remediation, featuring Professor Hongqi Sun (Edith Cowan University, Australia).

    Fri 18 February
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Learn more (Nanostructured materials for energy and environmental catalysis)
  • Research
    • Research Impact
    • Psychology

    Understanding and assessing young people at risk of violence

    This workshop provides an understanding of the risk factors for violence in young people and discusses the implications for assessment and management. 

    Mon 28 February
    9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    The Paul Mullen Centre
    AUD$375 + GST
    Register now (Understanding and assessing young people at risk of violence)

Contact Swinburne Research

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

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