The University of Newcastle, Australia

Centres, groups and networks

Priority Research Centres

Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Priority Research 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.

Teachers and Teaching Priority Research Centre

The Teachers and Teaching Priority Research Centre 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.

University centres

Centre for 21st Century Humanities

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is focussed on three key themes of e-research, impact, and crossing disciplines. Our vision is for the University of Newcastle to be known for excellence in the humanities to complement our distinction in science, engineering and medicine.

Excellence for Equity in Higher Education

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) undertakes interdisciplinary, international and collaborative research designed to create the highest standards in equity practice locally, nationally and globally.  CEEHE combines the University of Newcastle's extensive experience of equity initiatives locally with the widely acknowledged research expertise of its staff in this field to offer global leadership.

Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability

The GLASS Research Centre undertakes high quality independent research to inform best practice policy development and encourage debate and activism for change. GLASS fills a critical gap in research based gender advocacy and policy development.

Literary and Linguistic Computing (CLLC)

CLLC was established to continue the development and application of statistical and computing tools for the analysis of literary texts.

Social Research and Regional Futures (CSRRF)

The Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures (CSRRF) examine the roles that policy, people and organisations play in changing and developing regional economies and communities, primary industries, energy and resource management, land use planning, and natural environments.

Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI)

SORTI is focused on understanding and developing research and higher order problem solving skills, and the impact of research training and outcomes.

Study of Violence

The Centre for the Study of Violence is a world-first collaboration that applies new historical knowledge to advance humanity's understanding of violence. Members of the Centre explore 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.

Faculty groups

Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Research Network

Alternative Futures Network a world-first collaboration that studies and promotes alternative modes of development beyond Carbon, Capital, and (extracted) Commodities with a focus on the prospects of urban development in Australian regional areas, particularly Hunter Region.

Centre for Early Modern Studies

The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together a new group of scholars specialising in research on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a concentration of expertise in the literature of Renaissance England, France and North America.

Detective Fiction on the Move

The Detective Fiction on the Move Network at the University of Newcastle, Australia, aims to correct an enduring prejudice regarding detective fiction, namely that it is a static genre stifled by conventions and rules and consequently lacking the sophistication of literary fiction.

Digital Identity, Curation and Education (DICE)

Digital Identity, Curation and Education (DICE) is a network of scholars interested in digital identity, digital footprint, curation of online presence, and serious games for learning

Early Modern Women's Research Network

EMWRN aims to bring the often institutionally-isolated scholars of early modern women's writing into dialogue with others in the field, both within Australia and internationally.

ELDTA Linguistics Research Program

EMWRN aims to bring the often institutionally-isolated scholars of early modern women's writing into dialogue with others in the field, both within Australia and internationally.

Global Newcastle Research Network

The Global Newcastle Research Network investigates Newcastle and its identity in the wider world, in the region, and in the city itself.  Within it, historians, librarians, and cultural researchers are aiming to find out what makes Newcastle tick in the present, based on its rich past and heritage.

Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, Society (HERMES)

HERMES is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research network with two main lines of research: historical consciousness and history education.

Natural History Illustration

The Natural History Illustration Research Group is focused on the visual documentation and interpretation of the natural world. Using a range of traditional and digital-media techniques, our research is integral to the scientific and artistic communication of ideas and information.

NEW Writing Newcastle

NEW Writing Newcastle is a new network of Australian-based scholars and practitioners developed to examine creative writing and creative writing research. The centre is designed to harness the considerable successes of the creative writing program, from its multi-award winning teachers to the remarkable successes of its alumni, including national awards and commercial publication.

Newcastle Youth Studies Group

The Newcastle Youth Studies Network examines inequalities that affect young people's lives, with a particular focus on Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific.

SMARTDESIGN Interdisciplinary Research Network

SMARTDESIGN is a network of interdisciplinary scholars from Design, IT and Health that is taking a user centred co-design approach to developing and testing mobile health interventions.

Social Work

The Social Work Research Program has established a strong track record informing social policy, social work education and practice.

Speech Pathology

The speech pathology discipline is distinctive in its diversity and focus on the impact of communication disorders and disabilities in everyday life, as well as on key stakeholders supporting them.

The Future of Madness

The Future of Madness Network aims to bring established, emerging and future scholars together at the University of Newcastle to provide a community of interest in the future of madness studies.

The Society, Health and Disability Research Group

The Society, Health and Disability Research Group comprises researchers from history, sociology, speech pathology, social work, as well as film, TV and media studies, connected by drivers for impact and change.

Torres Strait Islander Sacred Music Network

The Torres Strait Islander Sacred Music Network works to protect, cultivate and revitalise Torres Strait Islander (TSI) music and musical practices in close collaboration with representatives from the TSI community.

Wine Studies Research Network

The Wine Network includes scholars from history, social science, business and tourism. The University of Newcastle is the only Australian university actively undertaking interdisciplinary wine studies research in humanities and social science.