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 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

49 11.05 10.96

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 23 6.70 6.70
Life Sciences 19 4.18 4.18
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.34 0.34
Physical Sciences 12 0.84 0.76

Highlight of the month

Stripy fish reveal their personalities

© borchee/E+/Getty

© borchee/E+/Getty

Zebrafish exhibit reactions to changes in temperature and food scarcity that are individually consistent through time.

An animal’s response to environmental changes is known as behavioural plasticity, but it is not clear whether individuals respond in the same way to changes in different environmental variables. To test this, researchers from Deakin University studied how much the movements of around 50 zebrafish changed in response first to changing temperatures and then to food deprivation. They found that fish that were more affected by temperature changes did not show the most dramatic response to food deprivation, inferring no clear relation between an individual’s sensitivity to these two variables.

The team repeated the experiment and found that the response of each zebrafish stayed the same. They suggest that this is evidence of ‘animal personality’ whereby individual behavioural differences are maintained through time.

Supported content

  1. Proc. Royal. Soc. B 284, 20170893 (2017). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0893

View the article on the Nature Index

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Top articles by Altmetric score in current window

Top predators constrain mesopredator distributions

Nature Communications


Improved color constancy in honey bees enabled by parallel visual projections from dorsal ocelli

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Endogenous central amygdala mu-opioid receptor signaling promotes sodium appetite in mice

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 54.2% Domestic
  • 45.8% International

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

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

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