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Deakin University has a connected approach to solving global challenges. We bring together different schools of thinking and people across disciplines to translate ideas into solutions for some of the biggest, most complex global challenges. Our research is guided by five themes:

Enabling a sustainable world

By placing sustainability at the centre of all our research, we help to prioritise the protection of all species, advance a circular economy and support the transition to sustainable energy solutions. This applies to our research in land, air and marine ecosystems, renewable energy and resource management technologies – resulting in positive outcomes for our local and global communities.

Improving health and wellbeing

We’re driving research that improves lives – locally and globally – in meaningful ways. Our research addresses the world’s most significant health challenges at individual and population levels. With global partners and local communities, we’re working to highlight inequities, improve health care systems of prevention and management, and identify innovative technological solutions.

Advancing society, culture and the economy

We’re helping to strengthen society, culture and the economy through creative and intercultural approaches to education, the arts and business. Australia’s heritage, First Nations’ knowledge and inter-cultural histories inform our solutions for a sustainable, inclusive society. We’re looking to the past and the future to strengthen inclusive societies, prioritise education and build resilient communities.

Creating smarter technologies

We’re developing technology with ethical foundations to support a sustainable, progressive society. Our research focuses on a human-centred approach to developing technologies for education, health, manufacturing and defence. We’re creating technologies that improve people’s lives while playing a key role in Australia’s economic future – delivering valuable outcomes for industry and the community.

Building safe and secure communities

From strengthening community resilience to developing cutting edge cyber security, our cross-disciplinary research builds ethical, innovative solutions to global security problems. Addressing challenges from extremist and violent behaviours, to cyber-crime, to personal and global security, our researchers work with communities, organisations and government to develop technologies and translational knowledge that result in safer communities.

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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
70 20.80

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 29 7.73
Earth & Environmental Sciences 8 2.21
Life Sciences 21 4.15
Chemistry 28 9.24

Highlight of the month

Lizards keep their cool in spiky grass

© Kristian Bell/Moment/Getty Images

© Kristian Bell/Moment/Getty Images

Spiky spinifex grass may help lizards cool off in the Australian outback.

Foundation species, such as grasses and coral, support diverse ecosystems by providing food, shelter or a preferable microclimate. Many Australian lizards have a preference for spinifex, a spiky grass, but it was unclear what benefit the plant conveys.

A team that included researchers from Deakin University put two species of lizards in three identical enclosures containing dead and alive spinifex, a similarly spiky plant, and bare ground. They then monitored the lizards’ movements over 18 days.

Food availability and predators were the same between sites, but temperatures were a few degrees cooler in the spinifex than over bare ground. Both species spent the most time on bare ground, but they preferred spinifex at warmer temperatures, suggesting they sought a respite from the heat.

Understanding what draws species to niche habitats is important for predicting their response to land use or climate change.

Supported content

  1. Proc. R. Soc. B 288, 20202633 (2021). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2633

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.04% Domestic
  • 60.96% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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