The University of Newcastle, Australia

Institutes, centres and groups

Our schools have established international reputations and formed strong, viable research centres and groups. We are increasing our industry partnerships in the Hunter region and beyond through applied research and development collaborations.

The Faculty has worked towards consolidating research, including multidisciplinary research groups, in order to take advantage of economy of size and the climate of decreasing government funding. This has proven particularly successful in attracting significant external research funding.

Major centres

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) was established with a clear agenda, to provide a multidisciplinary model for transformational research in energy and resources. Driven by a vision of global leadership, NIER addresses challenges of the rapidly emerging issues of resource sustainability, productivity and competitiveness associated with energy and resources infrastructure.

Priority Research Centres

Advanced Fluids and Interfaces

The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Fluids and Interfaces is focused on the development of innovative market ready solutions for fluids and interfaces.

Brain and Mental Health Research

The Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR) is focused on increasing our understanding of the brain and mind across the lifespan, in the absence and presence of disease. The Centre hosts three platforms for research: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes, and Mental and Physical Health.

Complex Dynamic Systems and Control

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

Computer 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 visualisation.

Drug Development

The Priority Research Centre for Drug Development 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.

Frontier Energy Technologies and Utilisation

The Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies and Utilisation conducts cutting edge research on emerging energy technologies, with particular focus on the abatement of greenhouse gases, and clean and sustainable energy production.

Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER)

The Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER) aims to safeguard people's social, economic and physical health and wellbeing by developing innovative, cost-effective and sustainable technologies and solutions that reduce the impact of pollutants on the environment.

Grow Up Well

The Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell® focuses on improving child health through discovery and translational research that generates measurable health impacts of significance to our community.

Organic Electronics

The Priority Research Centre for Organic Electronics is focused on the scientific challenges in the development of organic photovoltaics for the next generation of environmentally friendly energy sources, photonics and biosensors.

Reproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science conducts research that assists in the molecular understanding of key cellular processes that underpin germ cell differentiation and growth. The Centre is internationally recognised for its contribution to studies of human pregnancy and providing key information on a healthy start to life.

University Centres

Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement

The Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement focuses on discovering key genes and biological processes controlling plant development and stress tolerance. Improving crop productivity and stress tolerance is crucial to underpin sustainable agriculture and social stability worldwide, so the Centre develops innovative applications to improve food security and agricultural sustainability by bringing together research teams of international excellence in plant biology.

Family Action Centre

The Family Action Centre (FAC) is a research, teaching and practice centre focused on families and their communities. The Centre has a 30 year track record of innovative, dynamic and enduring work that aims to strengthen family and community wellbeing. The assets and diverse resources of families and communities underpin vibrant, cohesive and resilient societies. The FAC is committed to addressing the factors that affect the health, wellbeing, social and educational paths of families, particularly for those challenged by increasingly complex vulnerabilities.

HunterWiSE

HunterWiSE is an initiative that establishes mentorship avenues for women in STEM throughout the Hunter region; promoting positive collaboration and sharing of experiences.

Optimal Planning and Operations

The Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) brings together researchers with expertise in using quantitative methods to develop innovative, customised solutions that help businesses streamline their processes and enhance their decision making.

Plant Science

The Centre for Plant Science is focused on the physiological and molecular mechanisms associated with the regulation of nutrient transport in higher plants.

Space Physics

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

Urban and Regional Studies

The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies engages in research focused on the complex political, economic, social, cultural and environmental processes and relations transforming cities and regions.

Water Security and Environmental Sustainability

Water controls Australia’s well-being, environmental health and economy. The Centre for Water Security and Environmental Sustainability (CWSES) is a strategic initiative that builds upon research strengths of ERA 5 groups. It brings together key researchers in Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.

Water, Climate and Land-use

The Centre for Water, Climate and Land focuses on understanding and dealing with the impacts of climate variability and change in the Asia-Pacific region. Of particular interest are hydrological extremes and how these may change in the future.

Groups

Advanced Chemistry

The Advanced Chemistry Group is the major research grouping in Chemistry at the University. It brings together researchers who interact on a wide range of interests covering basic and applied chemistry at the cutting edge of science and technology.

Coastal and Marine Science

The Coastal and Marine Science (CaMS) Research Group is a cross-disciplinary team dedicated to improving the health and sustainability of our coastal and marine environments and the societies that depend upon them. The research spans across urban catchment environments, coastal waterways and lakes to the ocean; extending geographically from tropical to temperate locales.

Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology takes a broad and integrative approach to understanding mental processes. We have particular strength in mathematical modeling and pursue research that integrates behavioural and neuroscience measures.

Environmental Biology and Biotechnology

The Environmental Biology and Biotechnology Research Group brings together research scientists to improve management of Australia’s unique fauna and ecosystems. Members of this group have established strong links and collaborations with external groups, government agencies and local councils to provide leading research programs for the conservation of Australia’s wildlife and ecosystems.

Environmental Water Science

Our research group study water’s importance to ecosystems and humans, its use and management as a resource, and its modification through contamination and pollution.

Environmental and Climate Change

The Environmental and Climate Change Research Group conduct internationally significant research in hydrology, climatology, palaeoclimatology and landscape modelling. We develop the science and translate it into information or tools that are useful for industry stakeholders or policy makers.

Exercise and Sport Science

Research within Exercise and Sport Science is interdisciplinary and diverse. Our research covers topics ranging from improving elite sports performance to the positive effects of exercise for both general and clinical populations.

Food Science

The University of Newcastle’s Food Science Research Group combines active research scientists involved in food, plant and marine science, human nutrition and agribusiness, delivering quality research and research education opportunities of relevance to the sector.

Health and Clinical Psychology

The Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group conducts fundamental and applied research into factors associated with psychological wellbeing and physical health across the lifespan.

Marine Natural Products and Chemical Ecology

Marine Natural Products Chemistry is the study of the structure and chemistry of compounds produced by marine plants and animals such as algae and sponges, and their role in nature.

Medical Physics

The Medical Physics Research Group comprises physicists based within the Radiation Oncology Department, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. We are a member of the Centre for Information Based Medicine, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. We are closely aligned with the Prostate Cancer Trials Group and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) which organise and conduct clinical trials throughout Australasia.

Metabolic Research

The Metabolic Research Group comprises academics studying metabolism at the cellular, tissue and body levels. Research focuses on measuring alterations to homeostasis at the cellular level in the case of bacteria and the whole body in relation to responding to external stimuli.

Nutrition, Food and Health

The scope of research into nutrition, food and health at the University of Newcastle's Ourimbah Campus encompasses both novel and traditional areas, including postharvest science, food waste processing and value adding, as well as food preferences and portion size.

Sensory, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Neuroscience in the School of Psychology embraces contemporary questions in sensory, cognitive and affective function in human and animal models of brain and behaviour.

Social and Organisational Psychology

The Social and Organisational Psychology research group employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods in the field and in the laboratory to investigate complex psychological relationships between individuals, groups, and cultures.

Surface and Nanoscience

Our primary research focus is on the modelling and analysis of the structure of the surface of solids, from the surface atomic layer through to the bulk.

Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments

The Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments Research Group undertakes research to support the sustainable use and conservation of living marine resources and environments.

Tectonics and Earth Resources

Our research examines the lithospheric processes that form the physical environment in which we live. This research is achieved within a plate-tectonic framework that focuses on the formation and dispersal of continents.