Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 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
69 18.33

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 27 6.53
Physical Sciences 30 7.74
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 2.60
Life Sciences 19 4.14

Highlight of the month

Pesticide toxicity map reveals agricultural hotspots

© Westend61/Getty Images

© Westend61/Getty Images

Horticultural crops such as fruits and vegetables present a much higher pesticide toxicity risk to aquatic and human health than do broadacre ones such as grains and oilseeds.

The way that data on pesticide use is currently collected and presented makes it difficult to assess the impacts various pesticides have on the surrounding environment. The impact depends on the chemical itself and how it behaves in different landscapes and weather conditions.

Now, a team led by researchers at Deakin University in Australia has developed a baseline assessment of the potential for harm of 158 agricultural chemicals by mapping their use at a detailed level across all of Australia.

The team found that horticultural crops presented a ten-fold greater toxicity risk to aquatic environments than the same sized area of broadacre crops. They also identified hotspots for pesticide toxicity risk across the country.

Supported content

  1. Environmental Science & Technology 55, 1290-1300 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c05717

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.42% Domestic
  • 60.58% 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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