Research at UON is supported by a collaborative network of institutes and centres

Institutes and centres

Major Institutes and Centres

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.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and ResourcesNewcastle 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.

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.

Priority Research Centres (PRC)

Since 2007 UON has recognised its strongest research groups with designation as Priority Research Centres (PRCs).  The process of assessment for PRC status is highly competitive and is judged by an external panel of national research leaders.

Chemical Biology and Clinical PharmacologyChemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology

The Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology 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 Science and EngineeringGeotechnical Science and Engineering

The Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering 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.

Priority Research Centres Aligned to HMRI

Brain and Mental Health ResearchBrain 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.

Cancer Research, Innovation and TranslationCancer Research, Innovation and Translation

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation 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.

Cardiovascular HealthCardiovascular Health

The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health aims to utilise a comprehensive approach to investigate the underlying mechanisms of various cardiovascular diseases. Research within the centre will span basic science, clinical and translational studies to identify therapeutic targets and enhance clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health across the Hunter region.

Digestive Health and NeurogastroenterologyDigestive Health and Neurogastroenterology

The Priority Research Centre for Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology brings together multi-disciplinary team which aims to effectively diagnose and treat common functional gut disorders (dyspepsia and IBS), neuromuscular diseases of the gut and eosinophil-driven chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions through technologically advanced research which has identified novel pathophysiological mechanisms.

Generational Health and AgeingGenerational Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing investigates health and wellbeing across the life course and over successive generations including social determinants, and the use and effectiveness of health and other services.

Grow Up WellGrow 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.

Health BehaviourHealth Behaviour

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

Healthy LungsHealthy Lungs

The Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs 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).

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical 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.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science creates new knowledge in how successful reproduction occurs in humans and animals.  Key areas include Aboriginal health and the male and female factors that lead to birth of a healthy baby.  Through close collaboration with industry, the Centre develops diagnostics and therapeutics in these areas.

Stroke and Brain InjuryStroke and Brain Injury

The Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury includes researchers spanning multiple disciplines and faculties, and a strong partnership with the health service to integrate research culture directly into clinical application. The Centre’s focus is on research translation to improve outcomes for patients with stroke and brain injury, locally, nationally and internationally.

Priority Research Centres Aligned to NIER

Advanced Fluids and InterfacesAdvanced 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.

Advanced Particle Processing and TransportAdvanced Particle Processing and Transport

The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport is concerned with the science and engineering of particulate systems relevant to industries of national significance, such as in the mineral resources area. We seek to develop faster and more efficient separation technologies, and technologies for the manufacture, storage, and transport of particles.

Frontier Energy Technologies & UtilisationFrontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation

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

Organic ElectronicsOrganic 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.

Collaborative Centres

Our researchers participate in a number of national research centres, some of which are led by other universities.  ARC Centres of Excellence and NHMRC Program Grants represent the highest level of peer-reviewed competitive funding.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres and Hubs

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.

Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain OptimisationTraining Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

Professor Rick Middleton is leading the ARC Training Centre for Food & Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation in training the next generation of multi-disciplinary researchers capable of designing, building, and managing safe, sustainable, and cost-effective food supply chains, which are vital for growing Australia's food industry and for increasing Australia's food exports.

Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron OreResearch Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore

Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin is the Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore, funded under the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program, which is based at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle. It brings together three internationally recognised areas of research strength—beneficiation, raw materials handling and iron ore characterisation.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres and Programs

Centre of  Excellence in Severe AsthmaCentre of Excellence in Severe Asthma

The NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma brings together researchers and clinicians from across Australia. Together, we are developing innovative approaches to understand why severe asthma occurs, improve disease diagnosis and management and inform the use of new therapies. The Centre will generate new knowledge about severe asthma, tools and programmes for disease management, test strategies that combine multidisciplinary teams with personalised diagnosis, inform uptake and access of new targeted therapies and translate these initiatives into practice.

Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Venom and Antivenom Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) for Venom and Antivenom (website coming soon)

The Centre of Research Excellence in Translational Venom and Antivenom Research is a collaboration of five Australian universities and two Sri Lankan universities and brings together experts in the fields of venom and antivenom research.  The Centre will focus on snake envenoming and the effectiveness and safety of antivenom.  Central to improving the treatment of snake bite is the early identification of envenoming as there is increasing evidence that early administration of antivenom is the key to good outcomes.  Key to achieving this aim is the development of a cheap, quick bedside test for envenoming and this will be one of the main objectives of the Centre.

Cancer treatmentCancer treatment

Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Greer from the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences currently collaborates with the University of Sydney on a Program that aims to improve cancer treatment through real-time image guided adaptive radiotherapy. Radiation therapy is used to treat 40% of cancer patients in Australia, however the problem with current therapy is that tumours move during treatment. This research program aims to solve this problem by building a novel MRI-linear accelerator in which the cancer will be imaged – and treated - as it is moving. Successful completion of this program will have a direct impact on the treatment, overall survival and quality of life for Australian cancer patients in the foreseeable future.


Professor Mark Parsons from the School of Medicine and Public Health currently collaborates with the National Stroke Research Institute and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Victoria on a Program that aims to improve stroke outcomes. Stroke is the second most common cause of death and major cause disability. There are few proven interventions, so new ones need to be introduced. This research program uses a bench to bedside approach to introduce new stroke therapies and early secondary prevention. The goal is to provide evidence for their effectiveness and safety using animal stroke models, markers in the blood to help diagnose and predict stroke outcome, and imaging to help select patients in several clinical trials.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)

Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the EnvironmentContamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment

The CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE) develops technologies and policies that improve the way we prevent, assess and clean up contamination.


Professor Paul Dastoor from the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences heads the UoN node of the CRC for Polymers.  The major challenge addressed by the CRC for Polymers is to establish Australian manufacturing as a leading provider and exporter of products that meet emerging global needs in three areas - health therapies and delivery, water and food security, and low-cost solar energy – using enabling and sustainable advanced polymer technology

Young and Well CRCYoung and Well CRC

The Young and Well CRC unites young people with researchers, practitioners and policy makers from over 75 organisations to explore the role of technology in young people's lives, and to determine how those technologies can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those aged 12 to 25. 

Dr Richard Fletcher from the University's Family Action Centre is coordinating a program to transition young Aboriginal men to fatherhood through a user-developed website.  Stayin' On Track will involve young Aboriginal fathers from Newcastle, Tamworth and Moree as co-developers of the website, telling their stories and testing a mood tracker smartphone app linked to support from respected mentors.

Invasive Animals CRCInvasive Animals CRC

The Invasive Animals CRC is focussed on combatting the threat of invasive animals by developing new technologies and integrated strategies that are more humane, target specific, and effective to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia's economy, environment and people.

Laureate Professor John Aitken from the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science is leading a program of research investigating non-surgical sterilisation of invasive species.

Multi-Institutional Research Centres

Australia-China Research Centre for Crop ImprovementAustralia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement

Professor Yong-Ling Ruan from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences is Director of the Australia-China Research Centre for Crop Improvement (ACRCCI) .  ACRCCI focuses on discovering key genes and biological processes controlling plant development and stress tolerance for innovative applications to improve food security and agricultural sustainability by bringing together research teams of international excellence in plant biology and breeding.


The Australian Gastrointestinal Research Alliance (AGIRA), led by Laureate Professor Nick Talley and Professors Marjorie Walker (Newcastle) and Gerald Holtmann (Brisbane) is a coalition of researchers in gastrointestinal (GI) disease who have expertise in clinical medicine and gastroenterology, mucosal immunology, translational science, pathology, imaging, psychology, and epidemiology in aspects of GI disease in Australia.

Clinical Nutrition Research CentreClinical Nutrition Research Centre

Professor Peter Howe from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy is Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC).  It offers Australia's foremost expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of functional nutrients, foods and nutraceuticals.

University Centres

University Centres are research groups based in or across Faculties and Divisions with a national or international reputation.

Centre for 21st Century HumanitiesCentre 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 that by 2020 the University of Newcastle will be known for a significant concentration of excellence in the humanities to complement its distinction in science, engineering and medicine.

Balanced Land UseBalanced Land Use

The International Centre for Balanced Land Use addresses the challenges faced by NSW and globally with food and energy security, and economic, environment and social balance.

Bulk Solids and Particulate TechnologiesBulk Solids and Particulate Technologies

The Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (CBSPT) is actively involved in both fundamental and applied research on a range of problems associated with bulk solids and particulate technology. Research areas include storage, flow, processing and transportation of bulk solids. CBSPT also provides specialist courses for industry through its professional development programs.

Environmental Remediation (GCER)Environmental Remediation

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.

Excellence for Equity in Higher EducationExcellence 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.

Family Action Centre (FAC)Family Action Centre (FAC)

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.

Frontier Geoscience (IFG)Frontier Geoscience (IFG)

The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience (NSW IFG) is focused on research and teaching in Earth Sciences at the University of Newcastle. The Institute is a partnership of the University of Newcastle with the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services and NuCoal Resources Ltd and provides teaching, research leadership, and research facilities to contribute to the sustainability and viability of the minerals and mining sectors in NSW.

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.

Health Professional EducationHealth Professional Education

The Centre for Health Professional Education is committed to engaging in a systematic and rigorous program of research that will examine the effectiveness of curricula interventions as well as the impact of health professional education on patient outcomes.

The Health Services Research and Innovation Centre (HSRIC) aims to improve the design and management health services with particular emphasis interdisciplinary approaches to addressing critical challenges.

History of ViolenceHistory of Violence

The Centre for the History 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.

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.

Hunter Research Foundation CentreHunter Research Foundation Centre

The Hunter Research Foundation Centre (HRFC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre focused on building economic and social strength in cities and regions undergoing profound change. Leading researchers work with industry, government and the community to provide socio-economic research and analysis across sectors including health, engineering, energy and the environment. The Centre is the result of a partnership forged between the long-standing Hunter Research Foundation and Newcastle’s world-class university.

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.

Intelligent Electricity NetworksIntelligent Electricity Networks

The Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN) is an innovative partnership hosted by NIER and is focused on exploring intelligent energy distribution initiatives with the aim of developing technology solutions to meet the challenges of building a more intelligent energy future.

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.

International Network on Gender, Social Justice and Praxis International Network on Gender, Social Justice and Praxis

The Network is focused on promoting more equitable access to and participation in higher education and lifelong learning around the world, particularly for women.

Ironmaking Materials ResearchIronmaking Materials Research

The Centre for Ironmaking Materials Research (CIMR) is a partnership between NIER and BHP Billiton, aimed at defining the link between fundamental iron ore and metallurgical coal properties and their performance in the ironmaking process.

Mass and Thermal Transport in Engineering MaterialsMass and Thermal Transport in Engineering Materials

The Centre for Mass and Thermal Transport in Engineering Materials has a very strong research capability in the theory and simulation of mass and thermal transport in a wide variety of materials ranging from disordered and ordered multicomponent alloys to cation-mixed oxides, from metal/ceramic composites to fast ion conductors.

Multiphase ProcessesMultiphase Processes

The Centre for Multiphase Processes conducts research in the science and technology of fine particles and bubbles. Multiphase processes, which involve more than one phase of matter, form the basis for all Australian process industries including food, energy, agricultural, production and processing.

Optimal Planning and OperationsOptimal Planning and Operations

The Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) brings together researchers with expertise and experience in using quantitative methods to develop innovative, customised solutions that help businesses streamline their processes and enhance their decision making, to reduce costs, increase productivity, and positively impact their triple bottom line.

Plant SciencePlant Science

The Centre for Plant Science (CPS) enjoys long standing national and international recognition in discovering physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating nutrient transport in higher plants and the development of specialised transport cells.

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.

Resources Health and SafetyResources Health and Safety

The Centre for Resources Health and Safety draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of University researchers spanning disciplines including workplace health and safety, psychology, psychiatry, respiratory studies and environmental impacts, to meet sector demand in this area and facilitate industry and government collaborations for the benefit of communities in resource intensive regions.

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) aims to improve the provision of mental health services through the identification of and response to the needs of rural and remote communities. In particular, this includes the development of appropriate service models for rural mental health care, providing professional development opportunities for clinical staff and offering education and training.

Secure and Reliable CommunicationsSecure and Reliable Communications

The Centre for Secure and Reliable Communications contributes to developing telecommunication networks that are robust to eavesdropping attacks, interference, and noise.

Signal Processing MicroelectronicsSignal Processing Microelectronics

Signal Processing Microelectronics (SPM) is a research centre in Electrical Engineering. SPM conducts work in the areas of high speed FPGA and ASIC implementations; theory-based design and analysis; software tool development; and digital and analog hardware design.

Social Research and Regional FuturesSocial Research and Regional Futures

The Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures (CSRRF) provides innovative research services and new social perspectives to benefit industry, the community and government.

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.

The Centre for Special Education and Disability Studies (CSEDS) includes researchers from the Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses of the University of Newcastle and conjoint academic staff of the university based at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre.

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 Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia, 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.

Tom Farrell Institute for the EnvironmentTom Farrell Institute for the Environment

The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI) is the gateway to environmental research and teaching at the University of Newcastle. The Centre's vision is to help develop regional solutions for a sustainable future. We aim to integrate the University's teaching, research and community engagement into those solutions.

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.

Urban and Regional StudiesUrban and Regional Studies

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

Water Security and Environmental SustainabilityWater 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-useWater, Climate and Land-use

The Centre for Water, Climate and Land-use aims to conduct internationally relevant research in "the critical zone", and develop the scientific insights related to climate, water and soil, so that these can address industry needs and guide policy development in sustainable resource management.

Faculty of Business and Law

The Centre of Asset Pricing and Corporate Governance Studies is a collaborative research group that consists of academics from the University of Newcastle and internationally-recognised academics at other Australian and overseas institutions.

Evidence-based Law and PracticeEvidence-based Law and Practice

The Evidence-Based Law and Practice Priority Research Initiative (ELP PRI) conducts research within four thematic areas: Legal Education, Equity & Scholarship; Health, Justice & Social Affairs; Human Rights & International Affairs; and Business, Regulation & Compliance.

The Health Services Research and Innovation Centre (HSRIC) aims to improve the design and management health services with particular emphasis interdisciplinary approaches to addressing critical challenges.

The Organisational Collaboration Research Group (OCRG) is a research group established to foster interdisciplinary research in the area of collaboration. We have a growing research track record in the areas of intra-organisational collaboration and teamwork, and a strong interest in collaboration between organisations.

Focusing on Institutional Design, Change, and Diversity and Socio-Economic Development, The Workshop on Institutions and Socio-economic Development (WISED) is an interdisciplinary research forum designed to contribute to a better understanding of socio-economic development and factors that impede the latter.

Faculty of Education and Arts

Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle (CIEGUN) brings together a critical mass of established comparative researchers exploring global educational policies and alternatives for contemporary times.

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.

Disability Research NetworkDisability Research Network

The Disability Research Network at the University of Newcastle, Australia, brings together researchers across all disciplines and Faculties of the University whose work has relevance to people with developmental or acquired disabilities.

Internationally, early childhood eduction research is a strong and flourishing endeavor. Politically, early childhood education and care has been the focus of significant new policy and provision developments.

The Early Modern Women's Research Network (EMWRN) was established by Associate Professor Rosalind Smith and Dr Patricia Pender in 2007. Comprising scholars from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the network has rapidly developed an international reputation for engineering innovative productive research collaborations'.

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.

Post-Fordist accumulation processes are entangled in major reorganizations of labour and life in the contemporary present. These arrangements have demanded that social scientists think anew about many key categories of analysis, including the home, living, working, the private, the everyday and even the future.

The Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing (CLLC) was established to continue the development and application of statistical and computing tools for the analysis of (literary) texts.

The Newcastle Youth Studies Group examines inequalities that affect young people's lives across national and international contexts. It has a particular focus on Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific

Research Training and Transformational Knowledge research is focused on understanding the development of research and higher order problem solving skills.

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 Speech pathology discipline is distinctive in its diversity (speech, language, fluency, disability, aphasia) and focus on the impact of communication disorders and disabilities in everyday life and on key stakeholders supporting them in education, health and employment.

Torres Strait Islander sacred musicTorres Strait Islander sacred music

The Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Network: Torres Strait Islander sacred music: protection, cultivation and revitalisation, work 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 is a humanities and social science-based field at University of Newcastle. Cross-discipline collaboration in this field includes scholars from history, social science, business and tourism.

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

The Distributed Computing Research Group (DCRG) is focused on investigating distributed and network computing concepts and implementations.

Engineers are developing new innovative computer and other models to provide methods of assessment of environmental impacts and management of disturbed ecosystems.

The Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence Research Group is applying an advanced understanding of the physics of turbulence to developments in turbulence computation, control and management.

The Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Research Group (IMLRG) investigates aspects of machine learning, pattern recognition and data analysis in theory, experiments and applications. Particular emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary projects.

The Knowledge Engineering Research Team (KERT) brings together academics at the University of Newcastle who have research interests in knowledge engineering, smart knowledge management systems, multi-agent agents, knowledge-based embedded systems and augmented reality.

The Materials Engineering Research Group conducts research into the properties, behaviour and structure of materials to enhance their performance.

The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research and training initiative of several robotics related research teams from different research areas including applied mathematics, architecture, computer science, control, electrical engineering, neuroscience, mechatronics and software engineering.

Precision Mechatronics LabPrecision Mechatronics Lab

A multidisciplinary group of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and physicists developing new mechatronic and robotic technologies for fabrication, imaging, and health care

The Surveying Research Group is conducting research in the photogrammetry and special information area, in applications of automated image matching and surface shape registration, without the use of control points.

The Telecommunications Networks Research Group is engaged in research and development across a range of new telecommunications technology, in areas such as 4G wireless communication systems, channel coding techniques, Smart Grid Technology, and machine-to-machine communications.

The Water Resources Engineering Research Group are developing innovative computer models to provide methods of assessment of environmental impacts and management of disturbed ecosystems.

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Adult Lifestyle Incentives for Vitality and EnergyAdult Lifestyle Incentives for Vitality and Energy

ALIVE is a cross-disciplinary collaboration among our University community that supports health professionals to assist their clients with weight management through lifestyle changes. The group is affiliated with the PRC for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) and The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and DieteticsAustralian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and Dietetics

ACEBaND participates in the University of Newcastle evidence-based synthesis group; which is an affiliated centre of the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).  It is the only centre with an exclusive focus on nutrition internationally.

Cancer Metastasis ResearchCancer Metastasis Research

The Cancer Metastasis Research Unit is a research-only division of medical biochemistry devoted to research into the biology of cancer metastasis. The Unit provides laboratory training at post-graduate and post-doctoral level.

Chlamydia Research Chlamydia Research

The Chlamydia Research Group (CRG) is a major research group in the Discipline of Immunology and Microbiology. The group is funded by research grants from the NHMRC, the ARC, the HRC (NZ) and has substantial industry funding and is also part of the HMRI VIVA research group.

The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) provides national and international education programs in public health for health professionals and the promotion and delivery of trans-disciplinary research into health and health care.

Clinical Pharmacology and ToxicologyClinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology is a multidisciplinary group of medicines experts spanning the scientific, clinical and social science aspects of medicines development, clinical trials regulation, pricing, clinical use of medicines and pharmaceutical policy.

Clinical Radiation ResearchClinical Radiation Research

In Radiation Oncology, one patient's care is managed by many: radiation oncologists (doctors), medical physics specialists, radiation therapists and nurses. Administration staff manage the complex task of fitting in so many people to receive their treatment and follow-up, and Clinical Trials Coordinators make sure that when study participants agree to take part in a trial, they know what to expect.

Clinical ToxicologyClinical Toxicology

The Clinical Toxicology Research Group focuses on improving understanding of poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions.

The Centre for Education and Nursing Research in Child Health's aim is to support and encourage nurses working in child and family health, neonatal, paediatric and adolescent health (hereafter termed child health nursing/nurses) to undertake research, ensure nursing practice in these specialty areas is evidence based and build nurses' post graduate education and professional development.

The Fathers and Families Research Program (F&FRP) is a unique Australian research team exploring paternal functions, roles and relationships. The research program is part of the Family Action Centre. The Fathers and Families Research Program links practice, education and research to strengthen families, improve professional practice and increase the capability of communities to work with family systems.

Medical Imaging and Radiation TherapyMedical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Research group focuses on research into the use of both ionising and non-ionising radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Mental Health Nursing Research and Practice DevelopmentMental Health Nursing Research and Practice Development

The Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit (NRPDU) exists within the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research. The program of research operating from the NRPDU locates research into mental health nursing within a broad framework of mental health services research. The main focus of the program is to assess the effectiveness of nursing led psychological and psychosocial interventions using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.


The Midwifery Research Group is lead by Dr Virginia Skinner who has worked as a Research Project Officer for Associate Professor Martin Veysey for the previous five years on two studies, one assessing cardiovascular health in an elderly population and the other assessing the relationship between bitter taste, folate intake and the development of bowel polyps before commencing work at the University of Newcastle.

Mothers and BabiesMothers and Babies

The Mothers and Babies Research Centre is a multidisciplinary group working on maternal, foetal and neonatal health problems.

Newcastle University Evidence-Based Nutrition and DieteticsNewcastle University Evidence-Based Nutrition and Dietetics

NUEBaND is a collaboration that is designed to build the capacity and hence research capacity of the academic and conjoint staff of the University of Newcastle.  In Nutrition and Dietetics this is done through collaboration amongst our University community and outreach to the professional practising community, unifying and moving forward.

Nutraceuticals Research Nutraceuticals Research

The area of Nutraceuticals has long been the focus of the research group headed by Professor Manohar Garg. Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and functional foods have been the research focus of the many successful research higher degree students and postdoctoral fellows. This group brings together a number of academic staff members and their research personnel from the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Faculty of Science & IT and Faculty of Education & Arts under one umbrella.

The Collaborative Centre for Older Person's Care (CCOPC) collaborates on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in the acute, residential and community care settings.

Professional Issues and Acute CareProfessional Issues and Acute Care

Researchers involved in Professional Issues and Acute Care are focused on making a difference in the delivery of health services and for health professionals in the clinical environment, often using a multidisciplinary approach.

Youth Outreach for DiabetesYouth Outreach for Diabetes

Young people with type 1 diabetes are transferred from comprehensive outreach paediatric services to adult services at around 18 years of age. Many rural adult services have few resources to specifically support them, and the culture is more focused on compliance and long term complications. Young people are expected to have competent self management skills, which is often not the case as there are limited transition programs within Hunter New England Health. This issue is important as they are life longer users of the health care system.

Faculty of Science

The Advanced Chemistry Group (ACG) is the major research grouping in Chemistry at the University of Newcastle.

Informatics is the study of Information Technology and its uses. Applied Informatics emphasises its application to real world problems.

Many of the professions linked to communication and media are in a state of flux globally. We are facing a period of sustained digital change that is already providing fertile ground for research opportunities. Our researchers work in the School of Creative Industries.

The Environmental Biology and Biotechnology Research Group brings together research scientists interested in establishing impact monitoring, conservation and management tools for Australia's unique fauna and ecosystems.

The Environmental and Climate Change Research Group (ECCRG) conduct internationally significant research in hydrology, climatology, palaeoclimatology and landscape modelling.

Water is a basic component of human existence and the support system on which people and ecosystems depend. The academics in this research group study its importance to ecosystems and humans, its use and management as a resource, and its modification through contamination and pollution.

Research within Exercise & Sport Science is diverse and project populations range from elite athletes to low back pain patients.

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

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.

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.

The Metabolic Research Group comprises academics within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences who have interests in 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.

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 in a contemporary transdisciplinary framework.

Research into nutrition, food and health at the University of Newcastle's Ourimbah Campus makes a significant contribution to the Faculty of Science research portfolio. The scope of research encompasses both novel and traditional areas of food, nutrition and biologically active natural products.

The Reproductive Science Group conducts research that assists in the molecular understanding of key cellular processes that underpin germ cell differentiation and growth.

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 PsychologySocial and Organisational Psychology

The Social and Organisational Psychology research group is a multidisciplinary research group.

Quantitative modelling of complex systems is integral to all areas of business, industry and government in which decisions are made on the basis of data. Improved methods and models for understanding, predicting and improving systems in areas such as Health, Science, Finance, Engineering and the Environment are of central, national importance.

 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.

The Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments Research Group undertakes research to support the sustainable use and conservation of the living resources and environments of coasts and catchments, the preservation of their related social values, and the development of innovative techniques, management and conservation strategies with a particular emphasis on marine conservation.

In broadest terms, 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.