The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for delivering world-class research and innovation. Our reputation has been built on high

Our research strengths

The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for delivering world-class research and innovation.  Our reputation has been built on high quality performance in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment.  Our research in humanities and the creative arts is on a rapid and upward trajectory. We are a leader in Indigenous education and research. 

The University has attracted some of the very best researchers in the world, providing an important platform for the development of critical mass and future growth of these key research fields.

Areas of strength

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
    • Human Movement and Sports Science
    • Immunology
    • Neurosciences
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
    • Psychology
  • Brings leaders together through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

 
Our leaders in health and medical research

ProfilePic-SansonFisher.jpgLaureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher AO

Behavioural Medicine

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.

» Rob's research profile

ProfilePic-JohnAitken.jpgLaureate Professor John Aitken

Reproductive Medicine

Laureate Professor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.

» John's research profile

Nick-Talley-7.jpgProfessor Nick Talley

Gastroenterology

Professor Nick Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, a specialist in unexplained gut disorders affecting nerves and muscles such as irritable bowel syndrome, severe indigestion and slow stomach emptying, conditions which affect millions of people.

» Nick's research profile

Julie-Byles.jpgProfessor Julie Byles

Gerontology and Ageing

Professor Julie Byles is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. A key activity of the Centre is the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health which aims to identify biological, psychosocial and environmental factors affecting the health of women from all walks of life.

» Julie's research profile

Ron-Plotnikoff.jpgProfessor Ron Plotnikoff

Human Movement and Sports Science

Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

» Ron's research profile

Peter-and-Paul.jpgLaureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson

Immunology / Asthma

Laureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, co-Directors of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, lead highly talented teams of scientists and doctors who integrate the latest advances in laboratory technology to understand and manage the treatment of chronic airway conditions and respiratory diseases such as asthma.
» Paul's research profile       » Peter's research profile

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Information Based Medicine

Geneticist Professor Rodney Scott and computer scientist Professor Pablo Moscato are co-Directors of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine.  This successful collaboration between two internationally renowned researchers is using medical science and computer analysis to unlock the mysteries of cancer and other diseases.
» Rodney's research profile       » Pablo's research profile

ProfilePic-ChrisLevi.jpgConjoint Professor Chris Levi

Neurosciences - Stroke

Working on eight ground-breaking research projects, internationally renowned researcher Conjoint Professor Chris Levi is on a medical mission to cure stroke.

» Chris' research profile

Profile-Pic-JohnForbes.jpgProfessor John Forbes AM

Oncology - Breast Cancer

Professor John Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.

» John's research profile

 
Our health and medical related centres and institutes

Hunter Medical Research InstituteHunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) supports the Hunter's internationally recognised health and medical research, education and training.  HMRI is a multidisciplinary partnership between the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District and the community.  Established in 1998, HMRI facilitates collaborations between researchers translating scientific advances into better clinical care, competitive commercial products and improved health care guidelines.

Asthma and Respiratory DiseasesAsthma and Respiratory Diseases

The Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based MedicineBioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine

The Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

CancerCancer

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer aims to integrate basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of our research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic.

Gender, Health and AgeingGender, Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing focuses on the individual and social factors that affect the health and well-being of men and women as they age, and the ways in which communities and organisations respond to an ageing population.

Health BehaviourHealth Behaviour

The Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical Activity and Nutrition

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.

Translational Neuroscience and Mental HealthTranslational Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences
    • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    • Plant Biology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • The University of Newcastle leads the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering .


Our leaders in science and engineering research

%globals_asset_name:19077Laureate Professor Jon Borwein

Experimental mathematics and π (Pi)

A pioneer of experimental mathematics, Professor Borwein's work as the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) has placed the University at the cutting edge of this field.

» Jon's research profile

%globals_asset_name:19154ARC Laureate Professor Scott Sloan

Geotechnical Engineering

ARC Laureate Professor Scott Sloan is the Director of the University’s Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling and also leads the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering.  A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Sloan is an expert in soil stability analysis.

» Scott's research profile

%globals_asset_name:68872Professor Rob Melchers

Marine Corrosion

Professor Rob Melchers’ research on marine corrosion is leading the way towards safer, more resilient offshore engineering and construction.  The corrosion of steel in marine environments is a big issue for the water industry worldwide, in particular the corrosion of mooring chains and wire rope for offshore platforms.

» Rob's research profile

%globals_asset_name:20606Professor Adam McCluskey

Medicinal and Organic Chemistry

Professor Adam McCluskey is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology. He is involved in research resulting in four key drug discovery areas being pursued: epilepsy, kidney disease, cancer, and anti-viral.

» Adam's research profile

Reza.Moheimani@newcastle.edu.au.jpgProfessor Reza Moheimani

Nanotechnology

ARC Fellow Professor Reza Moheimani's research includes developing nanotechnology capable of creating maximum memory on the smallest piece of technology, allowing people to carry huge amounts of information on a tiny portable device.

» Reza's research profile

%globals_asset_name:32754Associate Professor Sarah Johnson

Protecting information – cryptography

In a digital age where information privacy is key, Associate Professor Sarah Johnson is developing next generation quantum key distribution (QKD) technology which has the potential to protect companies from espionage attacks and guard a country against cyber-terrorism.

» Sarah's research profile

 
Our science and engineering centres and institutes

Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and EngineeringCentre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan from the School of Engineering is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE).  The Centre pioneers new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design to underpin Australia's energy and transport infrastructure, resulting in increased productivity and sustainability of the nation's major export industries.

Chemical BiologyChemical Biology

The Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology seeks to unravel the causes of disease by identifying crucial biological targets and pioneering the rapid development of novel drugs for the fight against disease.

Complex Dynamic Systems and ControlComplex Dynamic Systems and Control

The Priority Research Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control specialises in design, control and analysis and performance optimisation for complex dynamic systems.

Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its ApplicationsComputer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications

The Priority Research Centre for Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) explores the development of techniques and tools for computer-assisted discovery and data-mining including mathematical visualization.

Geotechnical and Materials ModellingGeotechnical and Materials Modelling

The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling develops new models and innovative computational methods for predicting the behaviour of geomaterials, metals and composites. Advanced computational methods, coupled with laboratory and field testing are key tools in this pursuit.

Infrastructure Performance and ReliabilityInfrastructure Performance and Reliability

The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems. The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.

Interdisciplinary Built Environment ResearchInterdisciplinary Built Environment Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) was formed in 2003 to address important social, cultural and technical challenges involving architecture, building and design.

Space PhysicsSpace Physics

The Centre for Space physics examines space weather to better understand its impact on billions of dollars worth of spacecraft and related infrastructure.

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards Newcastle highest rating of 5 in 2012 for:
    • Geology
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences
    • Plant Biology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Leading research in sustainable energy production through the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER)

 
Our leaders in energy and environment research

Profile-Pic-ChrisGrof.jpgProfessor Chris Grof

Biofuel

Biologist Professor Chris Grof's love of plants has developed into a quest to engineer a viable biofuel that could reduce Australians' reliance on fossil fuels.  Director of the Centre for Plant Science, Professor Grof has taken a lead role in a research project to develop sorghum as a biofuel.

» Chris' research profile

MarkJones-ProfilePic.jpgProfessor Mark Jones

Bulk solids (materials) handling

With a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.

» Mark's research profile

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Clean and Renewable Energy

Chemical engineers Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and Dr Elham Doroodchi are driven by a desire to develop technologies to help reduce greenhouse emissions.  Developed in conjunction with Granite Power Ltd, GRANEX is an emission-free engine that turns heat from low-grade sources into electricity.  Professor Moghtaderi and his research team are currently delivering safe, new methods of managing Ventilation Air Methane generated by underground coal mines.

» Behdad's research profile       » Elham's research profile

ProfilePic-GraemeJameson.jpgLaureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO

Mineral Separation Process (The Jameson Cell)

Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.

» Graeme's research profile

Profile-Pic-KevinGalvin.jpgProfessor Kevin Galvin

Mineral Separation Process (Reflux Classifier)

Professor Kevin Galvin developed the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that separates fine particles on the basis of either density or size, saving the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars.

» Kevin's research profile

Alan-Broadfoot.jpgDr Alan Broadfoot

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Dr Alan Broadfoot is the Director of the world-class Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), established to address rapidly emerging issues in the energy and resources sector. Providing practical and viable benefits to industry, the community and the economy, NIER is advancing research in clean energy production, energy efficiency and the minimisation of carbon emissions through its research.

» Alan's research profile

Erich-Kisi-2.jpgProfessor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo

Solar Energy

Material engineers Professor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.  Working with materials at much higher temperatures than their European and North American colleagues, Sugo and Kisi's research produces a more efficient conversion of heat into electricity, thereby reducing production and environmental costs.

» Professor Erich Kisi       » Dr Heber Sugo

2014-1002-RRBC-PaulDastoor-ProfilePic.jpgProfessor Paul Dastoor

Solar Paint

Designing revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.

» Paul's research profile

 
Our energy and environment centres and institutes

  • The University of Newcastle was the only university to receive a rating of 5 in Social Work in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.
  • Four humanities disciplines – education and training; English language and literature; linguistics; and sociology disciplines were listed in the top 200 in the world in the 2013 QS University World Subject Rankings.
  • The Newcastle Conservatorium of Music is a premier facility hosting concerts by local, interstate and international artists.
  • Echology is the University of Newcastle’s mulit-award winning, internationally renowned chamber choir.
  • The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.


Our leaders in humanities and creative arts research

GillianArrighi.jpgDr Gillian Arrighi

Circus Studies

Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life.  Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s. 

» Gillian's research profile

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Church music and chamber choir

As an organist, composer and choral director, Dr Philip Matthias led the University of Newcastle’s Chamber Choir to a win in the Battle of the Choirs national television series in 2008.  He is now developing a repertoire of liturgical music that is uniquely Australian, including Indigenous music. 

» Philip's research profile

Mario-Minichiello.jpgProfessor Mario Minichiello

Design and Visual Communication

Professor Mario Minichiello is a world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic professor with a reputation for innovation, taking risks and developing different ways of thinking. He is committed to developing a better understanding of the role of drawing as both a language for art and design practice, and as a means of thinking and researching social and personal issues.

» Mario's research profile

Patricia-Pender.jpgDr Patricia Pender

Early Modern Women’s Writing

Dr Patricia Pender is a co-founder of the Early Modern Women’s Research Network which has continued to gain momentum and global recognition since its inception in 2007.  Dr Pender’s research challenges and refines categories of authorship that have been defined in almost exclusively masculine terms.

» Patricia's research profile

Profile-Pic-JennyGore-Sq.jpgProfessor Jenny Gore

Education

Professor Jennifer Gore is driven by the goal of improving teaching and teacher education for the benefit of students in all schools.  She was a key member of the research team that generated the concept of Productive Pedagogy and co-authored the NSW model of pedagogy, known as Quality Teaching.  She is currently leading a study looking at how children’s career aspirations are formed in the middle years of schooling.

» Jenny's research profile

richard_vella.jpgProfessor Richard Vella

Music composition

Professor Richard Vella has a diverse output including works for orchestra, large ensemble, choir, film, chamber music, burlesque cabaret, music theatre, site-specific performances and popular music genres.  Many of his works are now recognised as set repertoire such as his ‘Tango’ for clarinet, and the guitar solos ‘Between Earth and Air’ and ‘Mirrors of Fire’. 

» Richard's research profile

ProfilePic-MelGrey.jpgProfessor Mel Gray

Social Work

Professor Mel Gray is a pioneer and champion of culturally-relevant social work education, research and practice. Her more recent research examines the role that research plays in improving the delivery of human services, for example how, and how effectively, is evidence-based knowledge transferred from researchers to social workers and human services practitioners, and implemented in practice.

» Mel's research profile

kit.messham-muir@newcastle.edu.au.jpgDr Christian Messham-Muir

Visual Arts

Dr Christian Messham-Muir examines the ways in which interpretive practices in galleries and museums impact upon visitors’ experiences, particularly by evoking memory and emotion.  A current research project, ‘Teaching and Learning for the Net Generation’, focuses on socially disadvantaged students and considers the way technology impacts students’ approaches to knowledge, learning and assessment.

» Christian's research profile


Our humanities and creative arts centres and institutes

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is an interdisciplinary research group located within the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts. CeCAR brings together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

History of ViolenceHistory of Violence

The Centre for the History of Violence explores every aspect of the history of violence, including concepts of violence, representations of violence, questions of interpersonal violence and issues of political and cultural violence.

Hunter Creative Industries and TechnologyHunter Creative Industries and Technology

The Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre (HCIT) provides a gateway into the University's  knowledge community of creative thinkers and innovators.  Working collaboratively with national and international business and knowledge communities,  the Centre will address the creative, research and business opportunities of future. The Mission of the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology centre is to develop research knowledge and innovation within national and international scholarly communities.

Study of Research Training and Impact - SORTIStudy of Research Training and Impact - SORTI

The Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI) is focused on understanding and developing research and higher order problem solving skills, and the impact of research training and research outcomes in a wide variety of contexts.

The University of Newcastle is home to linguistics scholars with expertise in documenting diverse endangered languages, and in diverse theoretical and applied areas of research.

Led by Professor Mel Gray from the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Social Work Research Program has established a strong track record and an Excellence in Research for Australia ranking of 'well above world standard'.

The Teachers and Teaching research program in the School of Education aims to achieve high quality research, training and knowledge translation in the development and testing of interventions and innovations that will be used and sustained in the practice of teaching and teacher development across a broad range of contexts.

  • The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is both a community legal service and a teaching facility for University of Newcastle law students.  The Legal Centre provides free advice and information to members of the community on a range of issues. 
  • An initiative of the Legal Centre is the annual 'Law on the Beach', which is a free legal advice clinic staffed by University of Newcastle professional program students and Legal Centre lawyers.  Specifically directed to young people, it is run at Newcastle beach during January and February each year.
  • Launched in 1995 the Newcastle Law Review has seen an impressive variety of articles and notes published in more traditional categories of legal scholarship.  The Editorial Board comprises eminent judges, practitioners and legal academics from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

 
Our leaders in business and law research

%globals_asset_name:19058Professor Gordon Boyce

Business and international institutions

Professor Gordon Boyce is a recognised authority on institutional and organisational performance in an international context, with specific reference to systems that support organisational decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning.  His research addresses a series of inter-related themes surrounding information theory and the economics of information.

» Gordon's research profile

%globals_asset_name:19776Professor Richard Dunford

Business Management

A Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Professor Richard Dunford’s research interests lie in the in the areas of strategic management, organisational design, organisational change and organisational discourse, with a particular focus on innovative business models and new organisational forms.

» Richard's research profile

%globals_asset_name:96701Professor Sandeep Gopalan

Commercial and international law

A Rhodes Scholar, Professor Sandeep Gopalan is Dean of the Newcastle Law School.  Internationally regarded, Professor Gopalan's research interests are in commercial law, international law, corporate governance and contract law.  He is widely published by leading law journals in the United States and is a respected media commentator across print, television, radio and online.

»  Sandeep's research profile

%globals_asset_name:19038Professor Bill Mitchell

Employment and Equity

Professor Bill Mitchell, a world-renowned expert on employment and equity, is the Director of the University’s Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE).  Established in 1998, CofFEE promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes, particularly for the disadvantaged.

» Bill's research profile

%globals_asset_name:19763Dr Paul Docherty

Finance

Dr Paul Docherty’s research interests lie in empirical finance and capital markets, focusing primarily on asset pricing.  He collaborates extensively with academics from the University of Melbourne and is also undergoing research collaboration with an industry partner, Platypus Asset Management.

»  Paul's research profile

%globals_asset_name:19200Professor Ted Wright

Law

Professor Ted Wright holds the Belle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics at the University of Newcastle.  He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).

» Ted's research profile

%globals_asset_name:19749Professor Alison Dean

Marketing management

Professor Alison Dean has two major areas of research interest.  The first is service marketing and management, which includes customer loyalty, consumer participation in service delivery, co-created value, and service quality. Her second area of research interest is pedagogy in business courses, with special emphasis on graduate attributes, and assessment.

»  Alison's research profile

%globals_asset_name:94357Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Organisational behaviour

Internationally-renowned organisational behaviour expert, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell is helping to form a new generation of interprofessional healthcare teams.

» Rebecca's research profile

%globals_asset_name:21968Dr Patricia Johnson

Tourism and cultural studies

Dr Patricia Johnson’s research is interdisciplinary and lies within the areas of tourism studies and cultural studies.  She maintains an active and interdisciplinary research focus which draws from English literature, cultural studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, gender studies and tourism studies to engage concepts such as the emerging area of cosmopolitanism, liminality, the tourist gaze and cultural capital.

» Patricia's research profile

 
Our business and law centres and institutes

Full Employment and EquityFull Employment and Equity

The Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes for all.

  • The University promotes and encourages quality indigenous research activities which link research outcomes to our teaching curricula through the Wollotuka Institute.
  • The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre endeavours to invigorate a new pathway of research and researching training that is nationally relevant and of significant importance to Indigenous Australians. In the language of the Awabakal people, Umulliko means 'to create, to make, to do' and this forms the primary focus of research and training for the Wollotuka Institute.


Our leaders in indigenous research

Dennis.Foley@newcastle.edu.au-.jpgProfessor Dennis Foley

Indigenous Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Professor Dennis Foley researches and teaches across numerous academic fields related to Indigenous Australians, directing his main research focus towards the discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation and Director of both the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber and the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

»  Dennis' research profile

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Indigenous History

Associate Professor Victoria Haskins is intrigued by domestic service practices and policies and their impact on race relations.  A Co-Director of PURAI, the Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre, she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2009 to conduct a transnational study of state intervention and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and the United States.

» Victoria's research profile

Profile-Pic-JohnMaynard.jpgProfessor John Maynard

Indigenous History

Professor John Maynard's journey began with a desire to piece together a family history and has now seen him become one of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history.

» John's research profile

mark_lock_for-web.jpgDr Mark Lock

Indigenous Health

Dr Mark Lock was awarded the largest Discovery Indigenous grant by the Australian Research Council for research into Indigenous health in 2013. A descendant from the Waanguybuwan tribe in NSW, Dr Lock will conduct research into Indigenous health policy in order to improve national policy processes.

» Mark's research profile

Kym-Rae-2.jpgDr Kym Rae

Indigenous Reproductive Health

Dr Kym Rae's research is aimed at reducing premature and low birth weight deliveries in Aboriginal communities. She is the program coordinator for both the Scientific research and ArtsHealth Gomeroi gaaynggal program, designed to improve the health outcomes of expectant Aboriginal mothers. Dr Rae is committed to developing research in partnership with Aboriginal people and providing ongoing capacity building opportunities for Aboriginal researchers.

» Kym's research profile


Our indigenous centres and institutes

Wollotuka InstituteThe Wollotuka Institute

Wollotuka is committed to the advancement and leadership of Indigenous education at a local, national and global level. It also continues to draw strength from culture, communities and past journeys.

Purai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora ResearchPurai - Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research

Purai is an exciting research initiative to integrate global and transnational analytical perspectives and frameworks with research on Indigenous and diaspora studies, and other related topics of race and society.

Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education CentreUmulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre

The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre seeks a deeper level of framework, in which the past, present and future are combined to form a holistic Indigenous understanding.

Professor Adam McCluskey