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 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 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.

57 14.87

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 32 9.19
Physical Sciences 17 4.08
Life Sciences 17 3.32
2 0.23
4 0.45
4 0.56
4 1.64
2 0.36
1 0.08
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.41

Highlight of the month

How our brains learn language

© JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Getty

© JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Getty

Language learning happens in ancient brain circuits that humans share with other animals. 

The finding, from a meta-analysis of 16 studies that examined how children learn a first language and how adults absorb a second one, upends the conventional wisdom that language centres in the human brain are specifically dedicated for that purpose.

Rather, they indicate that our lexical abilities are tied to general-purpose brain systems that are also involved in mundane tasks such as remembering a shopping list or learning to ride a bicycle. These brain areas have simply been co-opted for language acquisition in humans.

The study — from a three-person team that included a Deakin University psychologist — suggest that drugs and behavioural interventions known to promote learning and retention of other sorts of information may also help facilitate language learning for people with dyslexia, autism or other language disorders.

Supported content

  1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 15, 1487–1492 (2018). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1713975115

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Deakin University

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Top articles by Altmetric score in current window

Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates

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


Global sea turtle conservation successes

Science Advances


Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans

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


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


1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 53.64% Domestic
  • 46.36% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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